Skill building

It’s been an interesting and fun week as 2012 comes to a close.

Over the past few days, I’ve found myself running, cycling and swimming – slowly getting better and developing skills that will redeem themselves in the spring and summer. That’s the key to winter training: doing the things that you need to do so you’re better when racing season comes along.

What I appreciate is that you can’t hide how much effort you put into the off-season. You can’t fake your way to faster times in the spring. If you’ve been lazy, it will certainly show when summer arrives. Of course, poor training decisions can also have a lasting impact, too.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed about cycling and swimming is that it makes running more enjoyable. I’ve wanted to run more as I continue to spin on the indoor trainer and flail while doing laps in the pool. If nothing else, I will be a better runner – I’m aiming to log 35-40 miles each week now as I still determine the racing plan for 2013. Add in the cross training – or what I hope to consider skill building – and that should make for some fun in triathlon. If I can figure out the swim part, and relax in the water, it might just happen.

All I know is the additional skills are making me excited and better prepared as a runner, and that should make me a better runner overall.

As 2012 winds down, my weekend includes an endurance ride – indoors, of course – and a longer run, which I hope will set me up for an upcoming desert trail race. To me, there’s no better way to finish off the year than to look forward to the one we’re about to begin.

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