When I wrote the title of my last blog posting, “It Just Keeps Getting Better”, I sincerely didn’t expect that it would. When I write, “it” here, I mean my training and racing. I had a pretty good feeling that life would get more full and “better” since having our first child in May, but with all that was going on and changes in schedule and available time, never in my wildest imagination did I expect not only the baby stuff to get better (i.e. it seems Gavin just keeps getting happier and more fun by the day), but that I’d finish the 2015 season with 7 overall race wins.
It wasn’t until August of 2013 that I won my first triathlon, and to think that I won 7 races this year – 3 triathlons, 1 road cycling race, 1 duathlon, and 2 road running races – still blows my mind.
Although I am still disappointed about the cancellation of the 1/2 Ironman I had been focusing on, it probably worked out for the best, forcing me to focus on biking and running speedwork – definitely not my forte.
The short sprint races just hurt so bad!
Thinking back on it all, if there is any lesson for me to learn, it is that switching things up – doing less volume, taking a full day off each week, and focusing on my weaknesses- really seemed to pay dividends. And although my overall volume of training dropped off from 2014, I still manged to squeeze in some 15+ hour training weeks which required huge sacrifices and help from my amazingly supportive wife. There’s no doubt in my mind that I simply couldn’t have done it without her.
As for next year, while it’s unlikely that Gavin will be put to sleep by whooshing sounds of the indoor trainer, I’m hopeful he will be ready for some outdoor running. Who knows, maybe I’ll find a race in the spring where I can test out my running stroller skills.