26 Nov 2013
Even though November is classed as an “off season” month in the yearly cycle of elite triathlon racing, for me it’s probably the busiest month of the year. Yes, you’re right, there are no ITU Triathlon races in November (these start in early March) so why is it the busiest for me?
I ended my 2013 race season on the last weekend of October and I spent the first 2 weeks of November where I “Shut it down” completely and switched off from training and racing. Having not been back to Ireland for 7 months (because of racing and training camp commitments), I spent all my time catching up with family and friends. This included lots of late nights and early mornings travelling the length and breadth of Ireland catching up with people. These 2 weeks were probably more taxing on my body than 2×25 hour training weeks, but it was the best Craic ever.
The second 2 weeks of November include building back into the training routine and focussing hard on organising and planning all aspects of the 2014 season, (bikes, kit, training camps, races, training phases, etc) as well as the odd night out, most of which I’ve now tackled. One of the hardest things to do in November is to stay sickness free, with everyone coming down with colds and flu’s around you, sometimes putting yourself into quarantine is the only thing to do.
My training/race plans;
Unlike other seasons where I have raced XC in Nov/Dec, this year I won’t open the XC account until January. The main reason being that Olympic qualifying is starting this May and will run for 2 years, so everything will be focused around this 2 year period. I will spend more time on strength and conditioning and technique training this winter.
For a few weeks in Dec and Jan I will be in Spain at a training camp. My initial plans are to race in the first World Cup of the year in March in Mooloolaba, Australia, but nothing is set in stone yet.
But for now I will get my 5 layers on and head out on the bike for a couple of hours round the beautifully crisp Leicestershire countryside.