The leaves have changed and the air is crisp. What does that mean?…long hours of training are upon us. Volume is the key. Right now I’m running roughly 30 miles a week which compared to last year at this time is 30 more miles a week. It’s my hope that I can work up to some higher mileage than normal to get the run strength back to what it was in 2011. November normally means 2 swims a week, 4-5 rides and 2 runs. This year November will look more like 2-3 swims, 4 rides and 3-4 runs.
With a bigger emphasis on the run this year something else needs to see a little less of my time. The bike is the obvious choice for several reasons: 1. With a focus on Sprint races in 2014 mileage doesn’t mean quite as much as it would if I was racing 70.3’s. 2. With riding less miles it means I can ride more intensity getting my FTP to a level that is worthy of being a top bike split at 2014 Sprint World Championships. 3. The swim needs to improve as well, so no cutting of time here.
I’m a little nervous what this new training plan may bring, but my nerves are a little at ease based on the power numbers I’ve been riding so far this fall. If I could have ran my normal 34 minute 10k at the end of age-group nationals last August I would have won my age group and finished in the top 5 overall. This is something that haunts me every time I go out for a run. Using this as a source of motivation will help me get through these long winter months upon us.
Willing to make changes to your normal plan is key when trying to reach the next level and get the most out of your training time. Don’t settle for the same old thing if you want to improve. Keep the foundation of your plan similar to what has worked, but change the things you need to see improve the most and trust the move will be beneficial for you in the long run. See the plan all the way through and press on through and over every hurdle that comes your way.