Thursday, November 20, 2008

a brief change of focus...

Things are going well and I am definitely enjoying my "unstructured" training.

Last year after worlds I couldn't wait to get back on the bike and back in pool. I was really motivated by my performance in Maui in 2007. It was a huge breakthrough for me. It showed me that my focus on the cycling was paying off and I was able to ride like I never had in a race.

This year my motivation is quite a bit different. I am super stoked with how things turned out at Worlds this year. My goal for the season was just to get on the Podium but to actually win the World title in AG was a huge bonus! I am finally at a point where I feel comfortable with where my riding is. Don't get me wrong... I still have A LOT of work to do. I have only been cycling for 3 years so I know there is still room for improvement and to get stronger.

Then there's swimming... I was happy with my swim in Maui, but I have to get faster if I am going to get my racing to the next level, but right now I am burned out on the pool right now.

Running... I love it. I could run everyday... and kind of plan to.

So starting next week, 4 weeks after worlds, I am going to start a more structured run focus block that will last through the end of January. The reason I am doing it? I want to. Bottom line. Since I started training back at the end of 2005 I have never spent time just working on my running while cutting back on the other sports.

I will be running a lot and doing quite a few running races in the coming weeks, again, solely because I want to. I talked this over with Trevor quite a bit he's in agreement. It will be good for me and then when the new year rolls around and it's time start working hard on the bike and getting in the pool 4-5 days a week I will refreshed and ready to get after it.


My focus over the next couple of months will be the Xterra Socal Trail Running Series. I will be targeting 4 events in the series and also running the Las Vegas Half Marathon when I am out there to support Beth (I gotta find something to do for about 3 hours before I will be waiting at the finish line to document the Beth vs. Fatdad battle). So here the schedule:

11/29 - Xterra Topanga Turkey Trot - 15k
12/7 - Las Vegas Half Marathon
12/14 - Xterra Crystal Cover Trail Run
1/10 - Xterra Boney Mountain Trail Run - 21k
2/1 - Xterra Mission Gorge Trail Run - 15k

I have already been running quite a bit, nothing focused, but just running. It's so simple... I love it. I will still be riding a couple of days a week, probably one mountain bike ride and one longer road ride. In December I will start getting in the pool 1-2 days a week to keep the feel so I am ready when the real work begins. I will also be in the gym getting huge! In January I will start riding a bit more and get back to Masters at least a couple of days a week, but right it's all about running. I'm stoked about it.

Here's the profile for my first race in Topanga next weekend:


I also posted good Matisse & Jacks bar recipe on Vo2 Maxxed.

15 comments:

GZ said...

Heh heh. Yes. Running. Running. Beer. Running. Bwah ha ha ha. Run more. Heh heh.

Luke said...

dude...you're already a monster in the run!! sounds like a blast though...and i am sure it will pay off!

runninggunner said...

I've been on pretty much a run only block since end of September training for Vegas. My running has come miles in such a short time.

Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

sounds awesome

safe running and don't injure yourself!

Matt said...

Genius. And ditto on what GZ said.

Cliff said...

Hey Jameson,

Do you notice the more you change the focus the more it stays the same?

I've been getting back to swimming everyday and I love it. Got that feeling like it was my first time in the pool and the joy of going long (not hard yet).

I just love to train right now..not really training.u know no structure..just fooling around :)

enjoy the 'off' season :)

Dan said...

Running bug seems to be going around your house - have fun chasin Beth.

Mark said...

I was gonna suggest that you work on your sucky run :P

Sounds like a great plan!

Zippy said...

Yeah, 'cause you need to work on your run. How you can run so much and not get injured is a complete mystery to me. Jealous.

FatDad said...

I'm stoked to see you get in the gym and get jacked!

Sarah said...

Good for you! I so want to find this love of running you all speak of. I am trying so hard. Keep writing about it and hopefully your and Beth's (and others') enthusiasm will inspire me to love it...

Have a great time in SF!! Enjoy the FOOD!! YUM!

Maggs said...

Wanna come out to hawaii and run the XTerra 1/2 marathon for me. Have fun in Vegas!

kt said...

What a great plan. Enjoy the running. This is the best time of year for that.

emkruse said...

Pump it up. Get big and heavy and slow and other AGers may have a fightin' chance.

TRI-ROB said...

"I want to". Man. Good on ya! Looking forward to wathcing it progress.

Breathe...