Is this going to be a year to remember?
by tiggaJan 6th 2011
Here I sit and it's already 2011... where did my 'easy' two months go?
I managed to be hit by the lurgy not once but twice. The first occasion was just 10 days after the Ballbuster and it was the real 'manflu'! Put me in bed for 4 days, sweating uncontrollably and feeling like I'd been hit by a bus. The second was kind to me, just leaving me a niggling and slightly annoying cough for weeks on end!!
Right thats my bitchin' over with... Let 2011 commence!
I'll be honest 2010 was pretty crap, emotionally tough and although I raced more and trained hard the only two races I felt went well were the two duathlons that started and ended my season. I typically take 4-5 weeks of down time after my last race, but 2010 was such a long year of training consistently for 10 months I took 8-9 weeks, some of which was spent doing nothing! I have been in gym pretty consistently though, working on my famous leg press supersets that have been known to make grown men cry... and stiff as hell for days on end! They take a bit of getting used to, but I've made massive progress is all areas including core strength and leg pressing massive weights and should set a few PB's this off season and surprisingly not put on any extra weight yet?
I may have mentioned 2011 is all about RAAM for the first half of the year which is why I'm focussing on the gym/weights so much more this year. I want to be able to maintain TT position and strong riding for the whole race... pre-season preparation is the key because as we get closer to the race volume is critical and I know I won't have the time to do gym and will only be running 30-40mins 3 or 4 times a week. I will however, be training for London marathon in the first half of the year, keep sharp on the running and get in some miles. I won't be racing though, it's a bit to close to RAAM and the recovery will eat into my key volume weeks in prep for RAAM.
It's less than 9 weeks to Spring Ballbuster, and I'm not sure I'll be ready for it after my disastorous winter. I do feel physically strong though and cracked out a solid 10km the other day and was knocking out 6min/mile with relative ease? So I'm not in bad shape, and I'll decide in 3 or 4 weeks time after some consistent training.
Other than that I have no other plans... It's been a fantastic end to 2010, and looking forward to 2011 I'm in a place I can best describe as a 'happy place'. Loads of different reason, one in particular which makes 2011 look quite rosey right now!
Looking forward to this year different challenges and maybe the odd tri/duathlon later in summer? One thing is for sure, motivation is there and strength is building in the gym so I'm ready for 2011!