The January before I got pregnant I had put together a triathlon schedule that was going to break me in so many ways (ie physically and bank account). Don’t believe me, check out my mad excel skills. I had it color coded by what I’d already registered for, what I needed to register for, I had my races categorized just like you’re supposed to and my training plan was built around it. It was a thing of beauty, all guiding me every so pragmatically towards my first year of competing in Olympic distance Tri.
I know what you’re thinking…”I need to get a hold of that excel so I can plan my races that way.” If you want it, leave me a comment and I’ll email it to you…FOR FREE!
Anyway, back to real purpose for my post. Goals…any new mother will tell you it’s difficult trying to adjust to life with a new baby. I don’t think I’ve stopped feeling that. Everyday is a challenge. A challenge to get everything done, to spend time with E, to a workout in, make dinner and do everything else so planning my race season has been the last thing I’ve spent much mental time thinking about..until now.
The goal I had in my mind before Baby E was born was to run a half within the first 6 months of giving birth. I reached that by 1 week and 1 day. The second I crossed the finish line, a little bit of confidence was restored. I remembered what I’m capable of and that anything’s possible, so then I got to thinking…what’s next.
So I’ve pulled out the old excel and am starting to track to new goals. If I don’t do anything else this year, I’d like to state for the record that I’m planning on doing 2 triathlons this year. Which one’s? I don’t know yet but overall, I’m looking to do 2 Halfs (one at the beginning and one at the end of the season) and 2 tris in the middle. I think it’s possible if I can just get in the pool.
Now it’s time to start putting the training plan together. I don’t have a coach, I use books, I love the Triathlete Training Bible
. It gives me so many ideas on how to plan for and train for a triathlete of any distance.
How do you plan your season? How do you plan your training? Any advice for getting pool time in with a baby? That seems to be the one sticking point. My gym doesn’t have a pool. I guess I could get a second membership somewhere that has one.
I’m excited to get back into a routine. Success is evident.