Each year I set my goals pretty early in the season, however I never share them with others until summer when I have a good idea of how my training has gone (and sometimes I then adjust the goals). This year I figured I would use my new blog to get my goals out there early and see what happens.
I'm only going to focus on 2 races this year, but I'll do a few others for training or fun.
Ironman 70.3 Kansas - 4:40 (0:35, 2:30, 1:30) - I have never seen this course before and I hear it is pretty hilly. However, last year I went 4:40 on a flat course with a 4 minute penalty, so I'm hoping I can still go under 4:40 on a more challenging course.
Ironman Wisconsin - 10:15 (1:10, 5:30, 3:20) - If I hit all of my training, continue to see similar improvements as last year, and stay injury free, I think this is an aggressive but realistic goal.
Here is what I think I need to do to achieve those results
- Bike FTP of 265 Watts or 4.2 watts per kilogram (Currently 227 W, 3.5 w/kg)
- Run VDOT of 61 (Current 58.2)
- Race at 135 pounds (Current 140 on most days)
- Stay injury free
- Focus on good race execution (i.e. pacing and race day nutrition)
- Swim more frequently and faster, no more long easy sets