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2013: The Plan

November 25, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Fun with lists…

Okay folks, the moment you’ve all been waiting for is here.  It’s time for 2013: The Plan!

(aka What I did on my Sunday afternoon when I should have been working or doing other productive things)

First off, let’s acknowledge that I’m diving into the deep end here.  I think, looking back on 2012, I’ve turned the corner.  Last spring I would set out for a 5km run with hopes of running sub 8:00/km.  Now, I can almost count on running sub 7:00/km.  Last spring I would start to feel restless if it had been more than 10 days since my last run.  Now I’m writing down training plans and sticking to them – rarely going more than 2 days between training sessions.  Last spring I was actively considering what I was getting out of triathlon – if I enjoyed it, or merely was running to lose weight.  Now I introduce myself to people as an age-group triathlete (who just happens to have lost over 15lbs this training season).

I’ve got a long way to go, but I think I’ve turned a corner.

One of my big frustrations last season was waiting until September for my first race.  In the spring I was wondering if I really wanted to do this.  By the fall, I wished I had a race every month.  The further out I was from Race Day, the harder it was to motivate myself to train hard.  So of course, the logical solution: more races spread throughout the year in 2013.  Many more.

It’s time to Sign Up or Shut Up!

(well, I may not actually sign up for most of these for a few months still – race entry fees are expensive – but I’m listing my plan here, in front of each of you, so it’s as good as signed up, I hope)

May 24th: Around The Bay

Kicking off the 2013 Race Season with a 30K running race.  Still a bit nervous about this one, but very excited.  Already signed up.  Already started training.  It’s a very ambitious running distance for me, but should give me a good motivator to keep training through the off season.  Location: Hamilton ON  The Goal: To finish, and feel like I successfully completed the distance.

April 21st: Toronto Yonge St 10K

Following up my 30K race with a 10K running race.  My cousin sent me a link to this race.  I’m hoping to convince her to run this one with me… nudge, nudge.  On the heels of a longer run, this will be my 2nd attempt at this distance.  Hoping for a bit of a time improvement, but really I’m looking to have a little fun here.  This is for sure a B race.  Location: Toronto ON  The Goal: To improve my Personal Best time in the 10K running distance

June 8th: Multi-Sport Canada Binbrook Triathlon

The Home Town race!  I’ve done a lot of running lately (because it’s the easiest of the 3 sports to do in Canada from September to April) but in my heart I’m still a Triathlete first.  I do hope all the extra run training in the 12 months leading up to this event will pay off.  The distances for this race are a bit longer than I’m used to (750m Swim, 30km Bike, 7.5km Run), which is an exciting challenge.  I’m considering this my A1 race for the season – I’m hoping to peak my training towards this race, but post race I’ll be using it as a benchmark for.  Location: Hamilton ON  The Goal: A strong performance in all 3 sports.  PB time would be nice.  I want to come away from this with an idea of where I stand in each sport, given the work put in, and where I need to focus the rest of the season

June 23rd: Tour de Waterloo

In 2012 my focus was on improving my running, which was laughably my worst sport in 2011.  I cut almost 7 minutes off my 5k PB, but did so at the expense of my bike times a bit.  In 2013 I want to re-invest a bit in my bike skills (hopefully without regressing in the run – can’t we be good at both?).  So I’m going to sign up for the Tour de Waterloo – it is a chip timed race, and I’m going to train for it and push through it as a race, but I expect a fun casual atmosphere.  I think I’m going to sign up for their 70km distance (they also have 130km and 40km distances – training for 70km seems about the right motivation.  A good mix of endurance and sprint).  This is another B race.  Location: Waterloo ON  The Goal: To finish the full distance at a race pace (finish strong – sustain race pace for the full distance), and to enjoy the BBQ at the end.

July 21st: Cincinnati Triathlon

Of the 3 triathlons I’ll be doing in 2013, this is my “fun” race.  I want to do a travel destination race, but my budget restricts me to cities in drivable distance.  Cincinnati is about an 8hr drive away, and I’ve heard great things about the city.  I’m looking forward to checking it out.  Plus it has a few places with interesting reviews on BeerAdvocate.com for a post-race celebration (If I’m going to drive down there, might as well make a weekend of it, amiright?).  I’m going to sign up for their “Sprint” race (400m Swim, 20km Bike, 5km Run).  This is for sure a B race.  Location: Cincinnati OH  The Goal:  Have fun, enjoy the trip, but of course, giv’er when the gun goes off!

September 7th/8th: Multi-Sport Canada Wasaga Beach Triathlon

This is my A race in 2013.  My training schedule will be designed to peak for early September.  This is when we put it all together – all the miles, all the hours, all the lessons learned from 5 prior events in the year.  This is where I go for a Personal Best time.  Here’s the kicker: I’m leaning towards trying my first “Olympic” distance race (1,500m Swim, 40km Bike, 10km Run).  I’ll have stretched out my bike and my run distances earlier in the year.  Why not go for it.  Aggressive goals motivate aggressive training (sure they do… don’t they?).  Location: Wasaga Beach ON  The Goal: Personal Best or bust.  This one is for all the marbles!

November 2nd: Hamilton Road2Hope

Wrapping up the season with a repeat of the Hamilton Road2Hope 10K run that I did this fall.  Had a blast running with family and friends.  Hopefully they’ll all come back also.  We even joked about making our own t-shirts (Go Team “Underachievers”).  This is a gateway race from peak season to off season.  It’ll be good to keep me from completely shutting down after my A race, and get into a good routine heading into next winter.  It’ll give me a benchmark to compare this year’s race against next year’s so I can see just how far I come in 2013.  For sure this is a B race (probably even a C race, if such a thing exists).  Location: Hamilton ON  The Goal:  Have fun.  Get custom t-shirts.  Finish the year strong!


  1. November 25, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Good plan – looking forward to seeing it all come together and to cheering you on from the virtual sidelines. 🙂

    • November 26, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Cheers from the virtual sidelines are worth a lot 🙂

  1. July 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm

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