I’ve been in Colorado for almost a year and the majority of my triathlon training has been either last on the list or non-existent at times… and for good reason. Transitioning life into a new marriage, step kids and a living in a new city hasn’t been entirely easy, but well worth it. But now it’s time to get serious which is why I’m using Training Peaks to get me to Boulder 70.3 Half Ironman.
I knew there would come a time when life would settle into feeling more “at home” and when it did, it would be time to jump back into training.
The difference between training here in Colorado Springs vs. training in Nashville is pretty big. Nashville has a huge triathlon community that is very close and active as a community. Excel Triathletes Swimming was huge part of training for me not to mention having a great coach and great friends to ride and run with.
Surprisingly, there’s not a big close triathlon community in Colorado Springs. I’ve met a few triathletes here but finding that right group for riding and swimming is tough.
So, I’ve always known about Training Peaks and being one who likes a plan, I thought I would give this a tri try.
I signed up for an account and bought a half ironman plan for my race in August, Boulder 70.3 Half Ironman. The plan is written by Gale Bernhardt. I’ll be doing a few smaller races along the way to prepare, but this plan should get me where I want to be…. Which is in a more consistent routine I can count on.
In the past, having a coach was awesome to ask questions and to work out with at times. She would provide me workouts weekly.
The difference here is I won’t have access to the coach who wrote the plan. That’s ok. She has a blog I can ask questions when the need arises.
For you athletes who have been using Training Peaks… How has the experience been for you? Any tips and tricks you want to share?