Wednesday, January 21, 2009

2009 Planning...

First a little training update. This week has started off solid. Beth and I had Monday off of work so we hit the roads for some riding and I was able to get out on the bikes Tuesday and Wednesday morning as well. This is the last big week on the bike before some recovery. I am stoked to see things coming around. The climbs are getting easier, I am using bigger gears, and feeling good. Even with the extended down time and not really riding too much until the begining of January I already feel stronger on the bike right now then I was at this time last year... and the power number are backing that up. Weird. I guess more proof that rest (forced or not) is good.

I also had a great run after riding with Beth on Sunday. Better by the day!

Bike: Road ride with Beth. 3 Hours, 44.75 miles
Run: Mix of running on grass, track, turf. 31:30, 5 miles

Bike: MTB on Local Trails. 1:30, 13.2 miles
Yoga: 1 hour Hot yoga

Bike: Big Gear work. 4 x 10-12 min climbs. 1:39, 22.97 miles
Swim: Mellow swim in work pool after work. 37 minutes, 2000 yards

power graph from the Big Gear session. (yellow power/green cadence). Not very interesting. Just doing work.

Run: 6 miles easy in the AM before work mostly on dirt path and some sidewalk. Foot continues to improve and I am itching to hit the trails and hills.
Strength: hit the gym at lunch. lifted heavy upperbody, tons of core, and myrtl routine.

the run.

So it's started. I have finally started to plan my 2009 race season. That's right we already over halfway done with the first month of the new year/season and I don't have a plan. I have has some ideas, but no official racing or training plan. Most of the reason I have waited until now has been my foot injury and I am stoked to say it's still getting better by the day. I had solid 5 mile run on Monday and another 6+ yesterday morning.

I guess I could have planned while my foot was healing but I didn't want to have anything on the horizon... nothing I was training for. I wanted to just focus on getting healthy and healing in order to be able to the train the way I want to, which is going to involve a lot of running. So while I have been training quite a bit and getting on the bike a lot I have not been focusing on any races. It has definitely been kind of weird. Last year at this time I was locked in on the Xterra West Champs in Temecula and getting ready to go for it on the Xterra USA series.

The lack of focus has been kind of nice and I have been kind of treating it like an extended offseason which will hopefully pay off and prevent the late season burn out I experienced last year.

So what are my plans???? Trevor and I are working on them and coming up with a plan. I have so many ideas and races I want to try so I really need to get it together and come up with a realistic plan. I have a lot going on in my life outside of racing/training including a wedding to plan and get ready for. So from a training and life perspective this life will be way different than any one before it.

Hopefully I'll have it all figured out by next weekend.


Luke said...

the wedding planning will go faster then you think...we are nearly done!

now we just gotta sit back and wait for the big day in october...oh yeah, then there is a matter of payment.

Matt said...

How to entice the audience: just before the unveiling, cut to commercial. Nice. Your plans (or lack thereof) sound smart considering your life right now/injury/success you had last year.

Just get super fit and then attack!

Pedal Circles said...

Looking forward to reading what you have in store. Any special training for VQ? Or are you doing Coup?

SixTwoThree said...

Sounds like you have everything in perspective. As long as you know your races won't sell out, you can wait and see how you heal. Looking forward to reading about ALL your plans this year!

Zippy said...

Glad to hear the foot is getting better. Pow Wow in just 6 weeks!

Jim Vance said...

When are you going to get a PowerTap for your MTB?


Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

Happy birthday!

So glad to hear your foot is back working! Remember that there's always something good coming from everything bad!

Sarah said...

Ha, you and I are in the same place planning-wise! I DO think it will help prevent late-season burnout, though. I mean, once the schedule is there, it's time to get down to business so enjoy the freestyle time as much as possible, right?

Look forward to seeing what your season will bring...