These are his steps, and my planning decisions from them.
Step 1: Determine Season Goals
I have one goal: Finish Ironman Canada
I'm sure I'll find some other smaller goals before then, but everything I do this year will have that goal in mind.
Step 2: Establish Training Objectives
My limiters to meeting the goal of finishing Ironman are endurance and finding the time to train.
So my training objectives come down to being able to get those long runs, bikes and swims into my weekly schedule.
Step 3: Set Annual Training Hours
I haven't thought this part out fully, I will get more in depth here when I start laying out my weeks.
Step 4: Prioritize Races
The goal here is to assign a priority to the races you're planning - A, B, or C.
Peterborough 1/2 Iron (July)
Muskoka long-course (June) (switched)
Around the Bay 30K run (March)
Paris to Ancaster 60K Mountain Bike (April)
Ironman Canada (August)
Sporting Life 10K or 1/2 marathon (May)
Sprint Triathlon in late May or early June
Sprint or Olylmpic Triathlon in late July / Early August
Step 5: Divide Year into Periods
Each week of the year falls into one of 6 periods that lead up to a race... so this is my plan based on the races I've identified as my "A" races. The date is the Monday of the week.
(Note - I updated these in this post in December... so ignore the below)
- Transition - 8 weeks - Oct 20 - Dec 8
- Preparation - 6 weeks - Dec 15 - Jan 19
- Base (1, 2, 3) - 12 weeks - Jan 26 - Apr 13
- Build (1,2) - 8 weeks - Apr 20 - June 8
- Peak - 2 weeks - June 15 - June 22
- Race - 1 week - June 29 (Peterborough 1/2 Iron)
- Transition - 1 week - July 6
- Base (3) - 4 weeks - July 13 - July 27
- Peak - 2 weeks - Aug 10 - Aug 17
- Race - 1 week - Aug 24 (Ironman Canada)
- Transition - August 31 - ???
Step 6: Assign Weekly Hours
I haven't done this yet... no rush, I have a few months before the structured training starts.
Comments and Feedback is appreciated!