As 2019 race dates are being announced, we’ve been able to (mostly) finalize our 2019 racing plans & subsequent annual training plan. I’ve recently published a series of blog posts pertaining to Season Planning: Goal Setting, Race Selection, and Creating your Annual Training Plan. After talking the talk, I’ll now walk the walk and share our plans for the season ahead.
We’re pretty pumped about the upcoming racing season… both of us racing on the ‘young end’ of our respective Masters category of USAC/UCI championship events (me at 40, and Kathy at 45). On top of that… Marathon Nationals are relatively nearby, in north Texas, with terrain similar to what we’re used to here in the southwest; XC National Championships are in our backyard in Winter Park, Colorado, a place we are very familiar with (and historically very successful racing at); and to put the icing on the cake… the UCI XC World Championships are “drive-able” being held in the iconic Monte St. Anne in Quebec Canada!
I can’t think of better late August road trip than Monte St. Anne!
So there are our three “A” races for the 2019 season: Marathon Nationals, XC Nationals, and XC Worlds. The spacing on the Calendar works out fairly well with an early season peak at the beginning of May for Marathon Nationals, then two months to train and prepare for a late July XC nationals, and then another month to sharpen up for Worlds in late August. Of course we will have handful of additional races on the calendar in between these events with the goals of either obtaining points for improved start grid positioning or simply for training/fun.