Andras, Duda - you're right - I'm in an absolutely amazing position with 13 months to train for a single race. Right now I am planning to be fairly sensible about the build up. I might even get a book and think of some general ideas for training. I've never followed a 12/16/20/whatever week plan or done base/build/speed/taper (or whatever the terms are) plans. I've just built up swim/bike/run distance and then tapered. Maybe next year will be different.
I will write something when I've got a bit more of a plan together but I am planning on doing some cycling time trials next year. There's quite a few near to where we live and I've never done a TT before so it could be interesting.
I 'may' try and swim a bit more as well. But then again I say that every year!
The only other thing currently in my calendar is London Marathon in April. I will be doing that as I love that race.
Haha, I just looked to see my most recent posts and found this. Reading it a year later and what a load of fictional bollocks! I didn't follow a plan, have still never ridden a TT, swam less than ever and withdrew from the London Marathon.
i have no advice to offer here but would agree that little and often sounds like the right approach. I often used a tempo trainer for my swims and when I start to fall off of pace I'd stop and rest, then try again. As others have said, no point in fighting the water as you'll never get rid of bad technique.