I'm really struggling to plan for future races with my current work circumstances.
Being a sub contractor, my work pattern fluctuates wildly throughout the year and increased work loads can go on for months at a time. This made it next to impossible to train for IM Wales this year and gave me a tough time getting around the course. The trouble I have is I am able to put in good solid 15 hour training weeks when I have the time, i.e. Only working/commuting 60 hours a week, but when work creeps past 70 hours I struggle to find the time to train and sleep, it's either one or the other.
I tried commuting 35 miles each way by bike to allow me some training time but found that with my work flow so variable I ended up being stuck in on a 14 - 15 hour shift with 4.5 hours of biking on the end, with the time it took to eat/wash etc, I was getting 3 hours sleep, so that didn't work.
This was my training activity time for the year leading up to IM Wales. Totally inadequate and I'm surprised I even got around on that amount of training and 2 stone overweight:
Sorry, it won't let me post a pic. Let's just say that training typically did not exceed 1000 minutes a month in the 6 months leading up to the race.Don't know if you're able to see this but: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/report/18/all/last_year
Going forward, I don't think I am able to commit to long term training and enter full distance triathlons at the moment. So, this year I am looking at doing some adhoc sprints/oly's and possibly up to half distance. I'm currently studying, as well as working, from now until my exams in June, so am thinking of short sharp type training, HIITS etc, until then and possibly do some racing later next year.
I'm looking for a list of possible races in the latter part of the year, August/September, that typically do not sell out and are open for entry up to, or close to, the race day. That way, if I get a lull in work and manage 15-16 weeks solid training, I have a good chance of getting a good race for once.