Hey, isn’t this a running blog?
Well, no, not necessarily. I mean, yeah, kind of, but remember, we’re trying to branch out.
Regardless, I’m still pretty passionate about the running, the biking, and the swimming. My major race goals for 2009 are:
- Mooseman Half-Ironman (I’ll register the second half of January)
- NYC Marathon (I withdrew in 2008, so I’m guaranteed in 2009)
Other guaranteed races are:
- Bluff Point Twilight Trail Run (if it dies, I’ll run it myself on or about 15 May)
- Colchester Half Marathon (looks like some of the guys from the church are heading up)
- New Haven 20K (Jon is going to cream me)
- Mystic YMCA Turkey Trot and Dip
- Stowe’s July 4 World’s Shortest Marathon
So, how am I going to get there?
For Mooseman, I’m kind of playing it by ear. I’m using ontri.net to track my training – I liked the ability to do batch edits of a training program and upload it as a CSV file. Mapmyrun/tri/bike/whatever is pretty slick, now that I’m using a Forerunner 305. However, there’s no way to use it to plan training, only as a really, really slick tracker and mapping tool. ActiveTrainer was indispensable for me in preparing for San Antonio, but that was largely a result of having a good marathon plan offered for free by the race. The training planner interface is pretty slow. I was tempted to just keep the plan on my laptop, but I like having access to it in cyberspace without having to lug 5 pounds of laptop with me (if anyone wants to buy me a netbook, feel free). And I think I’m ditching nike+ – I’m beginning to enjoy running in silence.
I’m melding the ontri.net 20 week half-ironman plan with the one from TriNewbie. Essentially, my plan is to:
- run/swim Monday (Swim precedence)
- bike Tuesday
- bike/swim Wednesday (Swim precedence)
- run/swim Thursday (run precedence)
- Rest Friday (beer precedence)
- Long Run Saturday
- Long Ride Sunday
with the culmination being 60 miles on the bike, 15 miles on the run about 3 weeks before the event.
NYC will be pretty much the same marathon plan I used this year, although I may spend June and July examining Run Less, Run Faster given the cross-training base I’ll have after Mooseman.
(Funny thought, marathon training being somewhat anti-climactic the fourth time around)
More thoughts on 2009 elsewhere on this blog.