How to Qualify - Your Kona Push: Big Season Planning
by Sue Aquila
Last year I aged up to the women's 45-49 year old age group. My family and my support team decided this was the year to push for a slot. It required some serious commitment in planning, time, equipment and finances. I didn't write down my qualification plan but it was structured much like a business plan.
The first thing I did -- after a family intervention -- was purchase a new “superbike.” As a smaller woman, I could no longer deny that weight and aerodynamics matter. I upgraded to an all carbon frame, carbon wheel set with the new PowerTap G3 hub.
The second thing I did was commit to improving my swim. I found a great swim coach at Indiana University and she bought into my goal and made me a better swimmer through almost weekly lessons. I will never rip the swim, but I am very confident now that I will "do no damage" to my race.
The third and most important thing was to lay out my year. I planned the following:
January: Two weeks in the sun with one of those weeks being high volume training.
There are a few things to note about this plan:
As you can see, my commitments for the year were big. As I have written before, everyone needs to buy in: your partner, your coach, your job/business and the rest of your friends/family. It really took a village this year.
The best part? I qualified for Kona at Ironman Texas. This article was written while flying at 34,000 feet on my way to the Ironman World Championship.
Have a plan, work your plan and live the dream.
Sue started her triathlon journey with a 50lb weight loss and continues as a Kona qualifier. As a successful entrepreneur, she believes that, “You can run your business like your training and your training like your business!” As a coach (USAT Certified), she helps athletes to develop success in all areas of their lives: family, health and work. She blogs regularly at fewoman.com. You can find her on Twitter @fewoman.