Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I am a Planner

It is true. I love to plan, you should have seen my impeccable organizational skills when we were planning our wedding. 

This makes sense though since I am highly Type A (I've talked about this before).  I also have this obsession with researching races, which probably explains why we are already registered for two marathons next year and will be registered for three more big races shortly. 

Oh, I guess I never actually announced this on the blog.  In addition to registering for the Cleveland Marathon right after Wineglass, the day right after the amazing Reach the Beach: New Jersey relay I registered us both for the Mount Desert Island Marathon! (I talked about why I want to run this marathon, here).


Some of you already know this, but one of the big races that we will be registering for in November is the Musselman Triathlon.  It is a 70.3 distance triathlon (half Ironman distance) and it will take place on July 14, 2013.  That's only two months after Cleveland (and three months before MDI)!

I already knew going into next year that we would be training for a half Ironman distance and a marathon (or multiple marathons) at the same time.  Yesterday was the first time that I actually sat down and started to map out the timeline for training.

  The timeline

If you can't read it that has us committed to a training plan from January 14 - July 14, and I haven't even added a condensed marathon training plan for MDI to that timeline yet!  Our marathon training and half Ironman training are going to overlap for 10 weeks, so it will be interesting to see how that works out!

To some people this may seem overwhelming and daunting, but I have to be honest I really need a training plan.  I have felt pretty lazy since the marathon and I am tempted to find a triathlon in February/March so that I can start training again!

At the very least, Mike and I are going to start strength/core training soon and add swimming and biking back to our routine.  We cut out swimming and biking after our tri in September so that we could focus on the final weeks of marathon training, but it is time to get back into it!

Are you a planner like me or do you just "wing it" (which I don't recommend for a schedule like ours!)?

17 comments:

  1. wow! I am so jealous if your organizational skills! can you map all I am registered for out? and maybe create plans too? I am dying to do a 79.3 but so scared if the ocean and maybe a bike!
    good luck and can't wait to follow along!

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  2. I am the same type A+ planner....although since I still am a novice runner and coming off an ankle fracture ..I have only my first 1/2 marathon training plan mapped out. DAY.BY.DAY. from now until 2/2/13. But I pretty much planned out my 2013 year full of races....including trying my hand at duathlons! Gave me something to do while I was laid up for two months!

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  3. You're doing Musselman?! I'm thinking about doing the sprint, but the half-Iron is going to have to wait for a few more years. I'm such a type-A, and I thrive off making lists and using Post-It notes.

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    1. We are! You really should do the sprint, we could meet up! Although if you do Seneca7 again hopefully we can meet there :)

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  4. Eeek, that is crazy!! But I'm definitely a planner too :) I feel a little lost without some kind of training plan to refer to. I'm much more lazy, and I just wander around doing half-workouts!

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  5. I love planning. I create calendars for each month with my daily workouts on them, race training, etc. I love to know exactly where I am in my training and cross all the workouts off after I do them. You can bet planning out a new schedule will be one of the first things I do when I am allowed to run again.

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  6. I'm a planner too but not when it comes to preparing for a race. I have an idea of what I need to do as far as preparation but I have a feeling that would be totally different if I was doing a tri. Props to you for being on top of things and writing it out ahead of time to keep you guys on track. I'm working on my 2013 list and then I'll start registering for races like a crazy woman!

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  7. I'm only as far as knowing Jan 27th kicks off Sugarloaf training. I feel like I'm floundering right now. Not really liking it. I need a plan!

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  8. My WORD! I'm a planner also but you've got me beaten by a long shot :) You are both so inspirational and 2013 looks like it is going to be a very exciting year!!

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  9. Pretty darn impressive. Yes, I'm the planner but cannot, for the life of me, get my husband to tag along. You give him a schedule, he'd rather drop out of the race than follow it. So really rather opposite ends of the spectrum despite us training for the same event. Let's see how that goes... ;)

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  10. I think there are some indoor tris in February/march time frame. There used to be that one at RIT and also I think there is on at the YMCA too. I like having a training plan too - even if its unofficial!

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  11. You;re crazy. FACT :P

    but I like it! lol

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  12. I'm a total planner. My training plan is mapped out in an Excel sheet in my Google docs and I update it after runs -- it does the math for me, adding up mileage and what-not so I can see my literal progress! I recommend it. :)

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  13. I am a planner, but more in the sense that we register for some series, ie Dirt Cheap and Snow Cheap and then pick a few major events.. After this years fall races are done I will focus on the Flower City Challenge... so... I plan, but I also remain a bit flexible... it's fun!

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  14. I tend to wing it. I just don't have enough patience to make a plan. But your race schedule for 2013 looks very fulfilling.

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  15. I am a HUGE planner and keep my training plan posted on the freezer. Dear hubby just wings it. And yet, we both achieve our goals. :)

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  16. Girl, you know I'm a planner too. I find having a plan keeps me focused otherwise I can get off track. Bring on 2013! ;)

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