So, now that my triathlon is over it’s time to figure out what my training program is going to look like for the summer. I don’t have any other triathlons planned, but I do still have a couple of races and a few non-race events that I’d like to be better prepared for.
Up next on the calendar (tentatively) is the MEC Spring Trail Race on June 6. I have an 8 mile run on my training schedule which works perfectly. The race has an 8 km distance and the race start is only about 2.5 km from my house so a run there and back would make it almost exactly the right distance. I have not been training for an 8 km race but I think this would be a good way to squeeze in a long run.
After that I need to get in serious shape for outdoor activities. We have lots of walking planned for our trip to Scotland, and then my little sister has us doing lots of activities when I visit her in Colorado at the beginning of August. Running will get me into shape, but I also need to get hiking in the mountains.
After that is our Spartan Spring Race on August 16. This is a fun event so I’m not too worried about my time but I would like to be stronger so I can tackle the obstacles.
The following weekend we’re going backpacking (with the same friends we hiked Turbine Canyon with last year) so I’d like to be in shape for that too. We’re hiking into Egypt Lake – I’ve never been so am looking forward to it.
Then in September I have a duathlon – the Blitz Duathlon – which is a 7 km run, a 20 km bike and then a 3 km run. This will hopefully keep me motivated to ride (lots).
Since I haven’t really found a training plan that works for running/obstacle racing/dualthon training I am just going to stick with what I know. I’m using Run Less, Run Faster for a 10 km running plan, with swimming, biking and hiking as my cross-training. I’d like to lift weights twice a week, plus I’ve got ultimate frisbee as a bit of a speed workout. I plan to switch out some of my long runs for hikes or big rides on the weekend, but also need to get better about fitting things in during the week.
I think it’s going to be a busy, but fun summer of training!