Thanks for the roll-call! Really cool to be part of the IM group on here, seems like we are all in this together.
Looks like the goal of this off season will be to nail some local 5/10/half marathon races in lead-up to the spring. I’ll likely jump on a full marathon at the end of may while I go full IM prep; my goal of next years race is to try and sub 3:30 the IM Canada run. Also it would be nice to Sub 10 hrs, but if I do either of those goals it will be a win in my books.
I am trying to get my ankle and knee back to like 90% before I try and hit harder running training this fall. Might try some X country races. I haven’t really swam in a month so I should get back into that as well lol. Thinking of doing some SSLV training in the winter while balancing the running. Will likely stick to 60-70% of the SS plan, then slot in the full tri low volume plan in the spring.
If my training progression was anything like this year, I feel like a sub 10hr IM is achievable; I went from a 220-230 FTP to 290 FTP at the start of my first long course race of this year, which was over 4 W/kg. If I can just get a bit more watts and can hold a decent wattage on the bike at IM Canada, I feel like I might be able to knock both the run goal and the race time goal out. The swim is what it is… I’m not really ready to invest the hours it will take to cut 5-6 minutes off my swim time. I think if I was more gunning for a Kona slot then I would be trying to push those 5-6 minutes out, but I feel like I could get a chance at a roll down if I just keep consistent over the next couple of years without having to deal with disappointment. I think that’s better for both my mental health and physical health; I don’t think I have enough experience/years in triathlon to really race successfully at the front of the full distance yet. I actually think the smart thing would be to nail as many 70.3’s as I can for a few years, but IM Canada looked too epic to pass up