So the end of the tri season is upon us. Thought it would be a good thread idea to reflect on the year and make an attempt to focus on successes, but also on weaknesses and paths for improvement. Please add your own, and/or provide suggestions for my or anyone elses benefit.
My last tri of the year was this morning. I'll post a race report when I get the splits. Overall it was +/- 10 seconds from my PR, which was set at my last race last year on a much easier course. Not as much improvement as I would have liked, but on the more difficult course it is a decent improvement. Looking back at it, I was sidelined with an IT band issue for a lot of the winter and didn't get out training much. My paces today for the olympic distance were faster than my sprint distance race in April on the same course. So I made some good improvement during the year, but started from a low enough spot in the spring that my year over year improvement wasn't as much as I wanted to make.
1) I need to lose 5-8 pounds. I'm pretty lean compared to the average triathlete, but not compared to the guys that are sitting on the podiums.
2) I need to write down a schedule and check things off. I did that last year, but I got so used to the schedule that I didn't need to write it down. It was easier for me to let myself off the hook and skip workouts when I didn't have a sheet to look back on and let me know how much of a slacker I was. Last year with a written schedule I kept a good string of weeks at 8 workouts a week when training for my A race...more like 6 this year if I had to guess (which I do since I don't have it written down!).
3) I need to spend some more time in the pool. Already got that lined up for the winter. My pool closed about July, and I haven't made enough effort to go elsewhere often. It shows.
4) I need to figure out transitions. A lot of this is just racing more. Seems like every race I get a little closer but still manage to do something that slows me up a bit. Today it was leaving the straps of my shoes closed when I put them on the bike in transition. So I had to unstrap them, put my foot in, then restrap instead of just putting them in and going.
5) Need to figure out this power thing. Course today wasn't very hilly in terms of overall elevation, but it was rolling up/down enough that it was tough to find a rhythm. I ignored the powertap after the first few miles. I've gotten to where I'm okay at using it for flat stuff and longer rolling courses, but I quickly found out I didn't know what to do on the short up/down stuff.