Great suggestions from @TriathlonTom ! Especially number 1 and 2! I am aiming for 2021 and 2023 (The 45th year) so a multi year plan like you. 2021 will be to test the waters, get my feet wet, have fun, and recon the course, then 2023 will be racing it. Here is what the long term plan looks like:
- Save money
- Get used to racing long course
- max out my speed on HIM distance
- Build volume conservatively and slowly
- Learn how to race for 9 hours
This year ('18-'19) will be dedicated to experiencing and enjoying IM distance training and racing, 19-20 will be toning it back a bit and focusing on HIM distances again to get that speed with a late season qualification, 20-21 focus on Kona if I qualify or another IM distance race, 21-22 back to HIM training with a late year qualifier, 22-23 back to Kona focus to qualify OR to get ready to race for a year. (For reference, all years begin the day after Kona–it’s like New Years for me).
It’s too early to focus on Kona limiters so each year will go from general fitness/strength/high end endurance–> speed–> IM focus, rinse, wash, repeat
Just my two watts
Thank you for the post!