Planning my 2015 Race Calendar

Planning my 2015 Race Calendar

Planning my 2015 Race Calendar

With an injured foot keeping me away from my running training, I’ve had some time to put thought into what my 2015 Race Calendar was going to look like. I’m looking to 2015 to improve on my performances last year, but still have some time to try out new things like Mountain Biking, longer distance swimming and longer triathlons.

There are some events that I wanted to try for the first time in 2015 as well, so since most race organisers have by now put up their schedules, it’s probably a good idea to get those entries in to avoid disappointment.

 

But, I suppose the gung-ho approach shouldn’t be followed here. Like most things, it all depends on your goals and, without proper planning, can end up an expensive affair…

 

I’m not really one to make New Year’s Resolutions. I usually set a goal around my birthday in March – a theme of how I want to live the next year, and by the time my next birthday rolls around, I usually evaluate whether I’ve achieved it or not.

 

Reading that out loud made me just realise that it’s exactly the same as a New Year’s Resolution…just done in March…<facepalm>

 

Head in Hands

 

So what are my resolutions goals for 2015 events:

  1. Complete the Black Ops events at the Warrior Race while being able to tackle each obstacle on my own
  2. Set a PB on the Two Oceans Half Marathon (aiming for sub-2hr)
  3. Set a PB at the Tri-Rock Robben Island Triathlon short course (aiming to shave 20min off my previous time of 01:22:32)
  4. Complete the Woolworths Triathlon long course
  5. Complete a 1-mile Swim

 

For the purposes of the race calendar, these goals I feel are achievable. I do have a few other personal ones to go along with that e.g. lose more weight, increase the amount of pull-ups etc.

 

So what does my Race Calendar look like?

 

I split my events into similar categories as what the irunnerblog recommends:

  • Major Races which are my main targets for this year
  • Minor Races which are my tune up events before for the Majors
  • Fun Races which I do for the purposes of participation

 

The guiding principle that I followed was to not have too many events per month (one to two maximum). Around June and July, I plan to slow down the effort due to the impact the month of Ramadan will have on energy levels and available training time.

 

There is a gradual build up in the first half of the year with the Two Oceans Half Marathon being the Major Race. This is followed by a recovery/training period (May to July). Then in August it begins again and peaks in October around the Warrior Race (my other Major Race). I squeezed in the triathlons at the end of the year since I’m keen to start doing more of these in 2016.

 

This is what my year looks like (so far):

2015 Race Calendar

 

Looking at the year plotted out helps and I actually think it’s manageable. There are a few key events with enough time to recover and work on those weak areas that surface – I ain’t getting any younger 🙂

 

What are your Major Races for 2015?

Do you think there are any events that I definitely have to enter in 2015?

 

Maybe I’ll try some random adventuring during the quiet times…

 

– Peace

 

Here are some great articles to help with planning your race schedule:

http://www.active.com/triathlon/articles/the-abcs-of-planning-your-race-season-873796

http://www.usatriathlon.org/about-multisport/multisport-zone/multisport-lab/articles/race-calendar-032514.aspx

http://www.ultrasmartrunner.com/planning-your-race-schedule-for-optimum-performance/

http://www.rockcreekrunner.com/2014/12/11/plan-your-race-calendar/

Fareed

fareed@leavethecouch.com
4 Comments
  • riyad

    January 13, 2015 at 1:42 pm Reply

    Great article!!

    • Fareed

      January 13, 2015 at 3:33 pm Reply

      Thanks Riyad!

  • michael

    January 14, 2015 at 9:53 pm Reply

    Riyad what about doing a full marathon.i did a full marathon in 2014 and loved it. i am hoping to do a 10k & 1/2 marathon this year and full marathon in 2016

    • Fareed

      January 15, 2015 at 7:50 am Reply

      A marathon does sound like an awesome challenge. I wasn’t planning on one in 2015, but I suppose the Cape Town Marathon is one to look at. I know there is an 8 hour cut off time, so even the recreational runner should be able to scratch this one off their bucket lists. Might need to change my plans for the Trail and 10K in September and aim for the marathon…

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