Questions have started coming in on what races I’m targeting in 2018 so I’ve put together a video with the races I have penciled in for 2018.
– I plan on starting my season May 5 at the Wildflower half. This is a bucket race for me that I’m really excited is back in 2018.
– Next is Triathlon Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain July 8. In speaking to athletes who have races Triathlon Vitoria it sounds like an amazing race. I’ll be racing the full, but they also have a half. It’s not well known in North America, but it in an amazing location with a beautiful course, and seems to get great support from the community.
– In August I head back to Ironman Mont-Tremblant in hopes of some redemption after falling apart 30k into the marathon in 2017.
– Then it’s Barrelman September 16 where I’m hoping I can improve on my second place finish this year at a great local race.
– And right now the last race I have planned is Ironman Chattanooga on September 30 (provided it’s a male pro race).
-I plan to do a few of the Multisport Canada Series races as well, I just don’t know which ones yet. Let me know if you’ll be at any of the same events!
A couple weeks ago Lisa got a new bike. I decided I’d compare how I went about buying my bike, a used 2010 Cervelo P4 bought through Kijiji, to Lisa’s bike, a brand new Felt IA10 bought from D’Ornellas bike shop. I look for older bikes that are great value, while a proven bike from a reputable brand with support from an established local bike shop is the priority for Lisa.
I look back on the highlights, disappointments, and lessons learned from my rookie pro season. I raced a lot this year, 11 triathlons over 19 weeks. On the whole the season exceeded my expectations. I have a lot of work to do in the off season, and I’m looking forward to get down to it with my sights set on continuing to get faster in 2018.
The off-season is a great time to get back on top of a strength training routine. Strength training is a great way to fortify your body against injuries, cure muscle imbalances, and get stronger. It isn’t all about getting to the gym and lifting heavy weights. Although that can be an element of your plan, having an assessment done to identify specific areas of weaknesses and developing a plan to address those weaknesses is a great way to get stronger. A big part of my strength training program uses only bodyweight or a band, such as; clamshells, monster walk, squats, and single leg deadlifts.
In a follow up to last weeks video (Taking an off-season break) this week I talk about getting back into training after taking a break. I find it important to ease back into training, not jumping in head first to big volume, to minimize injury risk. But I do like including some intensity to start getting the heart rate up and speed going. Once I’m back to a normal training volume I’ll do a few blocks that are a little different to normal training. It could be a 5k run speed focus, a 1-minute bike power focus, or big swim volume. This allows me to work on weaknesses, spice up normal training, and have some fun.
I raced Ironman Louisville on Sunday. Louisville would be my last race of 2017, and an opportunity to bounce back after a disappointing finish at Mont Tremblant 8 weeks earlier. Overall I was really happy with my race. The day started with a disappointing swim, but I had a strong bike, and a solid, steady run. I stayed within myself, raced my own race, and finished in 8:49 for 13th place. Big thanks to my homestay, Steph and Robert, for the hospitality all week, as well as the photos and videos.