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Flanman    1,097

After finishing a few races and the Westpac 200 Tour de Cure ride this season (my last race was Port HIM), I have had 2 weeks off of practically doing nothing. In previous years I have had a big offseason. Last year was 3 months of nothing, working extended hours plus travelling around Europe - although that was totally planned. This year, the offseason will be different.

2 weeks of nothing are now gone. My offseason will commence this weekend and over the coming months I will focus on a few weaknesses (weight-loss, running, sleeping, mental calmness/wellness), core strength through different activities, which surprisingly also includes winter surfing. Cycling will be maintenance for a couple of months before a focus on this. I am also lining up a few different running races for some goals to keep me motivated.

Hopefully as I pop out the other side in Spring, I will be in the right shape for the 2017/2018 season. I have already entered 2 races for the end of 2017 so the longer term objectives are there. 

Work this year has been the busiest than I have ever been in the past 7 years. This will not stop - hence the sleep & mental calmness/wellness focus. 

So that's my life story. What have you got planned over the next few months ?

FM 

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AVAGO    352

Flanman,

get a bike onto the trainer and smash yourself over winter.

remember the Gringo stories about L.A. ( whose name we never utter ), suffering up the slopes of alpine passes far above the snow line... training whilst others were resting..

Anyway, winter cycle commutes and return to running with the C2Surf and Pub2Pub as motivators.  2017/18 tri season as a return to BOP form from my current DNS capacity.

Was going for an epic all day run on Sunday ( in my dreams ) but I've got visitors from afar.

btw, I went to my first ever yoga class last night, and feel sort of nicely loose today. So a couple of those sessions a week should be of some benefit

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AP    1,560
2 weeks of nothing are now gone. My offseason will commence this weekend and over the coming months I will focus on a few weaknesses (weight-loss, running, sleeping, mental calmness/wellness), core strength through different activities, which surprisingly also includes winter surfing. Cycling will be maintenance for a couple of months before a focus on this. I am also lining up a few different running races for some goals to keep me motivated.

That almost exactly what my plan is - I have done 44 IM races and basically followed that recovery plan

One of the most frustrating things for me as a coach is when guys do an IM and then do nothing but eat for the next 6 months - they come back next year 8-10kgs over race weight and unfit and expect a better time next year - I'm a coach, not Harry Potter - I have no magic wand

I will personally do a fair bit of trail running leading into two marathons between now and the end of the year - not done hard as a PB attempt - a long social run at a fixed heart rate :wink1:

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Flanman    1,097

Avago, nice to hear. You sound like your inner hippy is coming out. As for those visitors, beware of strangers - especially if they are stranger than yourself.

Al, that was me last year (+ 8 kgs) where as what you are doing this year is me (although the runs will be around half the distance). Again, me too on the enjoyment - everything doesn't have to be a PB but it does count as deposits into the exercise/fitness bank.

FM

 

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RunBrettRun    1,362

Planning to work on the bike over the next 3 months.  Going to learn to love big strength sets on the trainer and long easy riding.  Exploring some trails around port mac sounds like fun too.  Shuffla will you be my guide?

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Clappers    98

Good to hear from you Flanman, I was just by your place yesterday. I just started running a couple of weeks ago so would love to catch up for run or walk/jog.

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zed    751

I love training in the off season, because there's no obligation to train which takes the pressure off making the training more enjoyable! I plan to swim and work on my running, I need to get that sorted out to start being more competitive. I'll ride once a week with the Saturday shop ride mob. 

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nealo    1,280
1 hour ago, Clappers said:

Good to hear from you Flanman, I was just by your place yesterday. I just started running a couple of weeks ago so would love to catch up for run or walk/jog.

Good to hear Clappers, hope things are progressing well for you.

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Notsofast    130

I am coming into the off season from a different perspective, basically I did SFA during the on season due to a few niggles and work commitments. I am really looking forward to the training now. I will be hitting ZWIFT hard and I plan on doing a bit of running, swimming can wait. Mountain bike riding with the crew should be starting again soon which I am looking forward to.

I plan on 2 half distance races in the new season and possibly an IM comeback, and a half mara thrown in as well for motivation.

Cheers

NSF

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goughy    1,992

What's an "off season"?

Do you need to have an "on season" to be able to have one of those?

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Bored@work    1,438

Off Season from Tri's = cycling season for me.  It's a long way back trying to get fit & drop weight.  My plan is to stick below 80kg for most of the year & maintain fitness.

Then drop a couple of kg during IM training with out trying.  Concentrate on hitting my programmed session and fuelling properly for the next session.

 

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skinnee    18

Focus on my weakest (swim) , strength twice a week (4x6) compound exercises, one long run and one long ride on the mountain bike a week. Fat reduction

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Evil Guru    40

My season finished on the 20th March. 10 weeks of maintenance which involves 3 runs per week, 2 swims and 2-3 rides but being very comfortable with missing sessions or cutting them short. Hitting a few challenges such as over distance long rides and long runs but not being too fussed about times. Training has gradually picked up over the past few weeks and my focus will really start in mid June with a 12 week build to World Champs in Rotterdam in September.

Normally my off season would see me drop swimming and just bike and run until October.

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FatPom    2,216

I'm heading in the opposite direction. Came out of a particularly cold and  wet winter which made riding pretty challenging.  Went on my annual (ish) training camp to Mallorca and have been upping the swimming and riding since then. Running is always a knife edge for me so I do the best I can.

My season is just starting. I have a small hit out race on June 25th in Marlow, Bucks which involves swimming in the Thames, so if I don't die of dysentery first then I'll be rolling on after that.  What I really need now is to get some solid OWS in.

Got a new wettie, new bike, new aero helmet and new saddle. Lot's to test

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oldschool69#2    131

My off season started in the first of January last race was the Nowra Sprint havent laced on a shoe since...

But this has been my off season....yeewww!! 

Think i might find it hard to start up again but ive got gold coast in the back of my head if i do,time will tell

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MissJess    276

Some light training in the next week, with some park run pacing duties at the 3rd birthday of Penrith Lakes. Then a build to Ultimate Foster in October. Current winter race plan;

Blacktown Half
City to Surf
Blackmores Half, as Western Sydney might be too close for Forster.

Might do the Hills Duathlons, undecided.

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Bored@work    1,438
On 19/05/2017 at 9:42 AM, AP said:

 

I will personally do a fair bit of trail running leading into two marathons between now and the end of the year - not done hard as a PB attempt - a long social run at a fixed heart rate :wink1:

 

No Kona this year? 

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Oompa Loompa    650
On 2017-5-19 at 10:12 AM, AP said:

2 weeks of nothing are now gone. My offseason will commence this weekend and over the coming months I will focus on a few weaknesses (weight-loss, running, sleeping, mental calmness/wellness), core strength through different activities, which surprisingly also includes winter surfing. Cycling will be maintenance for a couple of months before a focus on this. I am also lining up a few different running races for some goals to keep me motivated.

That almost exactly what my plan is - I have done 44 IM races and basically followed that recovery plan

One of the most frustrating things for me as a coach is when guys do an IM and then do nothing but eat for the next 6 months - they come back next year 8-10kgs over race weight and unfit and expect a better time next year - I'm a coach, not Harry Potter - I have no magic wand

I will personally do a fair bit of trail running leading into two marathons between now and the end of the year - not done hard as a PB attempt - a long social run at a fixed heart rate :wink1:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Deluxe-Harry-Potter-Magical-Wand-Replica-Wizard-Costume-Cosplay-with-Gift-Box/252434209933

 

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Andrew #1    821

Have decided to do cairns 70.3 at the last moment - my trainer road based plan is just going too well to pass up using my base fitness before winter sets in.

So, I'm unlikely to do Sunshine Coast 70.3 now, even though I'll be up there at about that time scouting out of house to buy to eventually retire in around Buderim ...

im going to have two weeks off (except for winterfish) after Cairns and then do a full base-build-specialist rep over the next 6 months leading into Callala Bay Ultimate in December (unless I actually do IMWA). Along the way I have a few other challenges to consider, and given work-family commitments I'll be happy to actually do half of these:-

1. swim 100km in the 3 months of winter

2. run under 23 minutes for my local park run.

3. Sydney duarhlon

3. lose another stone in weight over winter.

4. 1:45 for Blackmores Sydney running clinic half in September (that's dependent on losing THAT stone in weight, lol).

5. Jervis bay long course weekend - seems to be a very civilised way to do an ironman ...

:)

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longshot    76

Gets (a bit) cold and dark in Melbourne over winter. Concentrate on running, which is a good fit for winter - cycling in summer. Great half marathon series run by Sri Chinmoy, culminating the Athletics Victoria half marathon championship, and a couple of weeks later Melbourne Marathon (maybe). See if can finally crack sub 1:30 HM. A few swims, just enough to maintain.

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Go Easy    1,197

Nothing really planned, just doing a run or a swim whenever I feel like it.  A bit like yourself Flanman, just working on my calmness & wellness, plus giving my ticker a bit of a rest...

Then out of the blue something will come up and I'll go like the clappers!  Speaking of which, it's great to see you back Clappers, hope the recovery is going well.

 

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AP    1,560
20 hours ago, Bored@work said:

 

No Kona this year? 

 

I knocked back my spot - I'm in the last year of my cat and thought a year off won't hurt to recharge mentally B)

 

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Bored@work    1,438
1 hour ago, AP said:

 

I knocked back my spot - I'm in the last year of my cat and thought a year off won't hurt to recharge mentally B)

 

That's awesome did you go to roll down, how excited was the guy to get your spot? 

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