The End of Your Season
by Sue Aquila
I am now unloading fitness after a fourteen month journey that ended with crossing the finish line in Kona. I started this journey in August of 2011 with a breakthrough performance at Ironman Louisville and a Kona qualification in May of 2012 at Ironman Texas.
Unloading for me usually means “touching” swimming and cycling once or twice the week post race. This year it included touching a Mai Tai or two as well.
The second week post race, I swam, biked and ran at least twice in each sport. The beginning of the week had everything at an easy effort and light in time. I build time throughout the week and included a few moderate pick-ups in swimming while avoiding high heart rates.
I usually feel a two week post race fitness bump and I make every attempt to ignore it. I have found in the past that I can dig a deeper hole of fatigue if I attempt to exploit the bump by being all world. To do this I avoid training partners. Recovery is a time of fatigue and fatigue can be a time of poor decision making. Avoiding temptation is my best defense from poor decisions.
After those two weeks of recovery I started planning my 2013 season. I lay the groundwork by planning:
If 2013 is to be your breakout year, the work starts now. Use your period of unloading to lay the foundation for a successful season next year. As I told my daughter every day I dropped her off at school, “Make good choices!”
Sue Aquila is now accepting athletes to join her Endurance Corner team. You can reach her at email@example.com.
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.