I'm coming off of a season where I have raced three sprints, two olympics, two 1/2 marathons, an aquabike, a 1.2 mile swim and a 56 mile bike.
I recently registered for Ironman Florida. My ambition and dream was to take part in an Ironman and luckily I registered online and got in!
My 2013 schedule looks like this:
February: 1/2 marathon. May: Olympic distance triathlon. June: half iron distance triathlon. July: bike metric century. Aug: half iron distance. November: my A race, Ironman Florida.
I'm about 30lbs over weight, I'm injury free. The bike is my biggest weakness.
Does this schedule set me up for burnout, or should I just build the distances in 2013 very gradually? I plan on using the Beginner Ironman plan here on BT.
Congrats on getting through a successful season of triathlon and for getting yourself signed up for Ironman Florida. It looks like you had a pretty full schedule in 2012 with eight events and as long as you feel as though you finished the season strong, I find no reason to think you’ll experience burnout in 2013.
For a long lead up to IMFL, I would definitely structure the year so that you avoid the burnout and there’s a few ways to do that:
With regard to the issues involving the weight loss, I think there are a few things you can do to improve this situation:
Think about adding in a few short, fast races that you can train through in your lead up to your half iron distance races. This will allow you to race fast on tired legs and force you to push yourself pretty hard. This will benefit you as you move to the longer distances and you’ll have to push very hard in the second half of your races to reach your goals! Good luck with your training and if you have any questions on your season planning please feel free to contact me.