"Now I feel as if I have passed the novelty stage of the different style of training"
Have the initial benefits been simply a result of just doing something different?
"Time for a bit of a rethink"
Self explanatory. It's been long enough to see what I am getting out of it.
"From a training and racing perspective my main goal is to get the most out of a limited time commitment."
Keeping the time capped at 6-10 hours per week. I need to make sure I am getting the biggest bang for my buck. I need to keep out the junk training.
"Something more directed is needed to stop me from losing motivation, slacking off or not getting enough out of training."
I have noticed with the random nature of my recent training there is a tendancy to fall back to a moderate intensity. It is my personality. Through all areas of my life I have needed direction, something to work towards. I need to see the steps ahead of me.
"Instead of working towards one big race, I simply aim to work on an ever increasing fitness and performance level. A level that I can race off at short notice. Mixed into all of this I also wish to enhance other areas of fitness. Move away a bit from the specificity of my previous training."
While I need a direction, there has to be room for variety. An ever increasing performance level is a goal itself. It just needs some refining.
"My current endurance limit is around 17km"
Without the work, the limits reduce. I can't simply hang on to the fact that I put in a couple of months of Ironman training earlier this year.
"The training should enhance my life."
Training shouldn't be a chore. It shouldn't take over or take away from the rest of my life. It has to make life better.