Is There An Off Season? Not This Year!
My goal is to try and maintain the fitness that I had at the end of the season. Honestly, I ‘m not off to a great start because a month ago I got my flu shot and then promptly came down with a really bad cold. It wasn’t the flu, according to the test they did at the doc’s office 12 days into my sickness, but what ever it was it was the worst I’ve felt in pretty much as long as I can remember. 5 days of 101 fever, and weeks of coughing and really colorful stuff coming out of my head. Ugh…
But putting that aside let me get back to the fitness maintenance! You see I have probably the most important race of my life in 2014. I went to Milwaukee this past August and competed in USAT Age Group Nationals and qualified for TEAM USA and am going to the World’s Short Course Championships in Edmonton, Canada next year!!
|Me and Becky at Nationals!|
I’m going to work with a Coach! Kyle Joplin, owner of Tri Optimum Performance , was my Masters Swim Coach in Hattiesburg, MS. He and his wife, Denise, own Runner’s High - Hattiesburg’s Specialty Running Shop. Kyle’s resume for producing top athletes is impressive. Not only is he a really good coach but has the component that makes a “good coach” a GREAT coach – and that is he really wants you to improve, pushing you to achieve your very best. I witnessed this when I was swimming with the YHubFins Masters.
|Me, Denise, and Brinn on my last ride in Hattiesburg!|
|Denise and Kyle Joplin|
Tri Optimum Performance
On the bike I typically have two shorter rides during the week averaging 30-40 miles and a longer ride on the weekend. One of the rides may be tempo or an interval ride, the weekend is a easier paced ride focusing on distance and consistency. Running workouts are somewhat similar. Now… this is what I have done in the past and it has worked for me, I have yet to see what my Coach has in store!
The plan is to schedule an Olympic distance triathlon in April or May – this will be the test race to see where the holes are in the training. I’ll be racing a bunch of Sprint distance races throughout the season too – haven’t cemented the schedule yet but will plan to meet up with Denise and Kyle at some races.
So after my 4 week hiatus from training because I was so sick I did my first run yesterday, nice and easy to get my legs back under me. A whopping 2.59 miles – this morning my legs are sore! 2.59 miles.
This is why there is no off season!
|Team Aquaphor December Fitness Challenge!|