It’s going to be a big year.
2019 sees me moving up into a new Age Group.
Now, in most other areas of life a reminder of aging, especially reaching the mighty milestone of 60 would be seen as a depressing thought with only the promise of 10% discount at B&Q on a Wednesday or 2 courses for £4.49 at Hungry Horse ( Monday -Friday only) seen as meagre compensation for taking a further giant leap away from youthful nirvana.
Well, its not like that for triathletes. We are reborn every 5 years as we move into a new Age Group wherein we are given the gift of being the young kids on the block once again. So 2019 sees me entering the giddy heights of the 60-64 AG and to celebrate I would love to take advantage of this by going “bling hunting”. Becoming 60 this year is very exciting!
I’m setting myself some very challenging goals and am extremely motivated to try and achieve them.
- Nail my first long distance triathlon. Naturally I’m aiming high and will be taking part in the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Pontevedra Spain on 4th My dream is to get on the podium so the next four months is about building up an even bigger base of endurance to be able to race for upto 50% longer than I have ever done before. I know from what I’ve achieved over the last 5 years that if I can stay healthy then I will be able to put together the kind of consistent block of training that will get me ready to convert that dream into a realistic chance.
- Get on the podium in Nice in September for the Ironman 70.3 World championships. I’ve earned my spot on the start line already, I achieved a top ten in the last AG as the oldest in the category in 2018 and I know that my commitment to executing every training session will move me one step closer each day. The mere thought of achieving this goal sends a tingle down my spine and I know this thought will be sufficient to get me out of bed on the cold dark mornings that lie ahead.
- Domestic bling. I’m targeting two UK races: British Duathlon Championships in April and England Middle Distance Triathlon Championships in June. I’d love to grab a medal in one of these two races.
So my race season is shaping up like this:
March 23 Clumber Park Duathlon
April 7 British Duathlon Championships
May 4 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships
June 2 England Middle Distance Triathlon Championships
July 21 Wales Middle Distance Triathlon Championships
September 8 Ironman 70.3 World Championships
To give myself the best possible chance of achieving these goals I need to focus on the following process objectives over the winter as I build up towards my 1st A race in Spain
- Increase weekly swim volume to 13k. By the end of 2018 I was consistently executing 3k swim sets and so my objective is to push this upto 3.5k by the end of March
- Improve 100m swim speed to under 1:40
- Increase length of weekly winter long bike session to 120k + with 2nd half of rides being strong tempo
- Improve FTP on the bike by 10w
- Increase length of regular long runs to 30k+
- Run off the bike at least once per week through the winter
I can’t wait to get stuck in.
Should my mantra “Faster After 50” now become “Swifter after 60”?