I can’t call 2010 a bad year, I can’t call it a good year neither, But I can point out a couple of details of what improved and other stuff that I learned on the journey. Basically I had 3 major goals for 2010:
- Joyuda: Improve on last year result (4.26 2009 result)
- I ended up with 4.31 but we had a longer swim which basically makes my time the same from previous year, so I can check this goal.
- Rincon: Sprint under 1.15
- I finished with 1.16 and that included driving 2.5hrs the morning of the event and some walking during the run part. I can check this goal also.
- Miami Ironman 70.3: Half Ironman on 5.30 or under
- Things got ugly here, I finished with 6:52 and a grueling day. Positive side is I hit my bike split goal of 2.50 with a 2.51 bike time.
- I trained more and harder that ever
- I went over some hurdles in trainer and got mentally tougher
- I had faster swim times than ever before
- I got a new start from scratch opportunity with a free 70.3 entry for any 2011 event.
- Even though time wise I wasn’t close I didn’t DNF at any event for the year and completed 2/3 of my season goals
So far this is my list of events for next season:
- FEBRERO 6, MEDIO MARATON SAN BLAS 21K (Return to 2008 shape and run under 2hours)
- MARZO 19, SAN JUAN IRONMAN 70.3 (Improve my PB for the distance and not cramp)
- JUNIO RINCON SPRINT OR OLYMPIC DISTANCE (B priority race go under 1.15 age group podium)
- AGOSTO, DORADO SPRINT OR OLYMPIC DISTANCE (B priority race age group podium)
- SEPTIEMBRE/OCTUBRE, 70.3 RACE USING FREE ENTRY( Kill it!!!)
Things to work on for next season:
- Complete longer workout at target paces
- Incorporate hear rate monitor into training program
- Understand my body and develop a plan that enables it to be rested and perform higher been cramp free
- Focus on running at least 4x a week.
As measurements to reduce my cramping issue, here is what I’ll be trying for next couple of months.
- Reduce sports drink intake volume, replace with plain water ( to avoid hyper hydrating and the processes that your body goes to balance your blood stream.
- Take a Blood test,( Identify possible Magnesium, calcium or zinc deficiencies.)
- Take a daily supplement of these, (try to take my levels to normal then proceeed with aplicable race day nutrition.)
- Do longer and harder training sessions (Use these to simulate race conditions, hydration, nutrition and muscle memory)
- Reduce caffeine intake,(Other possible cause for cramping)
- Incorporate more stretching into my training program, I’m none as a very stiff person , some extra flexibility can’t do any damage)
Additional Notes: I plan on keep using the same training system [that’s a secret] I’ve used for the last 6 months, I can’t complain about lack of fitness, all of my struggle has come from something outside of my power, something I can’t seem to control or fix to some point or incorrect pacing on my part, as was the case in dorado sprint tri. The thing I don’t have a clue is, What kind of plan will I use for San Blas Half-Marathon I think I’ll have 8-10 weeks to prepare for that but my route in currently not defined.