So i think I know what I want to do in 2019:
- keep focusing on my mile, exclusively
- stay consistent with “strength” -> add leg/hip mass, need the power & the mass to keep me leaner
- race less
- focus on bigger sessions rather than smaller more frequent ones etc: I need to improve my “repeat strength” (ie, several fast 1km to 1 mile repeats, in one session)
- get better at executing race strategies, need more practice at executing “smarter” strategies so that when i’m in big races I can hit peak numbers
- get better at sharpening up for the big races
And then if I do all of that, it’s prep for 2020:
Race more throughout the US instead of locally: hit the big mile races throughout the US, also some big open / masters track races!
One thing i’ve never really done is “travel”. i’ve been outside of Florida like uh… twice. I’ve also never been on a plane (lmfao).
So, racing has already made it exciting for me to travel locally, ie 2-4 hours away for a race. I’ve enjoyed it. So, if i’m prepared (running strong & fast) would be nice to go do some of the big races throughout the US: go there, race, then hangout for a day or two, try to eat some good food lol.
I dno … It’s something completely different but, it’s making sense to me. It’ll also make me sharpen up for some higher level racing.
If you look at how I prepared just to run 1km with elites on November 18th, I started late (September-ish) but then really cranked it up/focused throughout October, into November. Basically, I need to focus on my speed as a #1 priority, and build it slowly throughout the entire year, not just late homework assignment style. I think it’s easier for me to do that now though, since i’ve settled on the mile being my most important distance. I learned a ton this year… I know what works & what doesn’t, for the most part. I also have a better understanding of my strengths & weaknesses.
In addition to simply traveling to race, I think it’ll also help me “dream bigger”. Dreaming big is important to me. For the last few years i’ve been focused only on local races. That’s cool, but I need to know that there’s some much bigger races I need to prepare for, and really turn it up mentally, pro up, etc.