Well, here's part two. I gave my training schedule over 06 something like a B or B-. Now to evaluate my racing schedule. I sort of did that in the Race Results review.
I put Race scheduling in my review because I have encouraged athletes that I work with to lay out a schedule and try to stick to it. It's relatively easy to peak for a few events in a season, especially if 2 of them are within 2-3 weeks of each other and they aren't both long course races.
Well, to chase ITU points there are two types of races...continental cups and world cups. The world cups are typically more competitive than the Olympic games. Really, they are. Think of the US Olympic Swimming Trials. Anyway, to really get your ranking up there, you HAVE to go to world cups. To get into world cups, you really need to be ranked in the top 125 of the world or better. I started around 200 or so and am now at 180 or so. Long story short, it can be tough to get into world cups in your second year racing the ITU circuit.
Well, this post is going nowhere. So, see the race results report and we'll just use that for my race scheduling report. Basically, I qualified for 2 world cups. But you find out about them 30 days (or less) before the actual race. So, for someone like me who is on the fence about getting into them, it makes planning very difficult. I actually got a start in two others, but one was a mistake and one was 7 days before the event. I don't know about you, but buying a plane ticket to Hungary on a 6 day advance is quite an expensive investment. So, I didn't go to either of those. Essentially, I never feel like I peaked for any race in particular...some of that was a result of trying to be ready for a world cup IF I got in.
So, this year I am going to lay out a schedule and stick to it. I've got the first 1/2 set up, but that will come later.