Race Schedule 2011

A fair bit of thought has gone into my racing schedule for the next year. 2011 presents a large number of tempting options. I've had to be careful not to get carried away and try to race everything. My life and probably recovery ability just won't allow it. I still want to race a half ironman or two very well in the 2011/12 season. With that in mind, plus the desire to get the best out of myself in the lead up races, I have chosen a race schedule different to what I first thought I would.
Originally I thought I would compete in one or two half ironman races at the start of 2011. I considered the Gatorade Long Course in February, plus got very close to entering the Triman in Torquay in April. In the end I decided I wouldn't be able to commit properly to either of these races. Plus getting into that sort of distance this early wouldn't be best for my development. I even contemplated the Marysville to Melbourne multisport, but taking up kayaking wasn't going to be a viable option. Fitting in swimming can be hard enough.

In the end I have gone for a few shorter races throughout the year that hopefully will lead to decent jumps in performance leading towards the end of 2011. I want a consistent year of training and racing, without any significant time off requirements for race recovery. The full year isn't mapped out yet. What I know is as follows:
  • Gatorade Portarlington Triathlon 800/26/8 - 6th Feb 2011
  • Another sprint or olympic distance triathlon in Feb or March 2011
  • Police & Emergency Services Games - multiple races 25th Mar - 3rd Apr 2011
  • - middle of 2011 to be confirmed
  • Shepparton Half Ironman 1.9/90/21.1 Nov 2011
Currently my key focus will be the Police & Emergency Services Games, where for a week I plan on racing:
  • 10km cross country run
  • Triathlon 750/20/5
  • Duathlon 5/20/3
  • Half Marathon
Based on the previous years I raced the running events, these are a collection of events I can be very competitive in. It should also give some very complete and honest feedback about how my training works.
From there I should know exactly where I stand in relation my goals later in the year.

Comments

  1. That looks like a good schedule. The Games will provide a good result comparison from last time.

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  2. It seems sensible to focus on shorter triathlons early in the year and defer the half IM until November. Your planned program for the Police and Emergency Service Games will be a fairly stringent test of your fitness. The biggest challenge might be balancing family commitments, work and training in a way that allows you to build up the endurance required for that week of racing. Good luck.

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