2013… a new year, some old goals, some new goals, and a whole new approach to racing.
This year there are some big changes to how I am approaching this racing season. Previously it seems that I have always tried to loose weight too late in the season, which then leaves me exhausted from training and struggling to fully recover between workouts. Without going into detail, I have taken a new approach to nutrition on a daily basis and am proud to say that in 2 months, I am down over 16 pounds! I still have a ways to go for my “race weight” but I am feeling great as training has ramped up. (More specific details to come.)
I have also decided to let go of another aspect of my training. I have started working with a coach! I know enough about periodization, season planning, base, peaks, etc, but really decided I need an independent set of eyes. Part of my decision from this was understanding I needed to change how I was racing my season as a whole. In the past, I have had A races and B races, but I always try and position myself as best as possible for the B’s… what can I say… I like doing well at all races.
This season, I have decided my goals are Rev3 Cedar Point Half and the Twin Cities Marathon. Sure there are a number of races earlier in the season I have some high hopes for, but when I trust in my coach to set me up properly for the two end of season races, I can eliminate my bias earlier in the season. One thing I see thrown around a ton is when someone coaching also has a coach, the question is asked, then why can they not coach themself? I think this is one of the best responses and what ultimately helped my decision for this change: “When you write your own plan and things get hard or you are in a big build week, you begin to question if you are over-doing it, or if you should modify/skip a workout. When someone else is giving you those workouts, you do not have the self-doubt that you made a mistake in planning.”
Finally, I will be racing on some fast new wheels this year. I am anxiously awaiting my Reynolds Aero 72s and Element disc. Despite having owned a plethora of wheelsets in the past, this will be the first “new” setup I have owned. I also have another post regarding wheels coming soon!