You’ve waited with baited breath to see exactly what races are on my 2012 calendar. The wait is over.
Before I unveil though, I have to say, it was really time consuming to put this together. Two years ago, when I did this, I flew right through. I just jotted them down and started planning my training plan. This year, with a family and school and already known engagements, I had to reference and cross-reference every calendar I could find to see what Absolutely wouldn’t fit. I haven’t showed this to S yet. I figure he will want to know the training schedule as much as the race plan so that we can plan babysitting duties accordingly. More to come on balancing the training plan.
The way I plan for a race season starts by asking:
- What known events do I have to work around?
- For me, this year, it’s weekend classes, birthdays, weddings and other currently known events.
- Then I mark off all races that conflict.
- For me, my goals are very simple…stay active. Again, with school and homework and family, this year just participating will be enough to make me happy. I set my goals optimistically first then I layer on some reality.
All of this is laid out nice and neat in a spreadsheet (imagine that). If you’d like to see the details, leave me a comment with your email and I’ll pass it along.
Some of my favorite books and resources are:
Triathlete’s Training Bible, by Joe Fiel
Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide: Advice, Plans, and Programs for Half and Full Marathons, By Hal Higdon
I also follow a lot of other athletes and coaches through the Blogiverse and twitter. They also have great tips and tricks.
Ok, that’s it. What do you think? What’s your plan look like? What are your favorite resources?