Fitness levels may vary so I can just tell you what I do. Upon completing the race, I take off the first week... I might swim if I feel like it. The following week I will do unstructured workouts which basically means that I will do something but it's whatever I want... a few shorts runs, some swimming, whatever. After that, it's back to structured training. From the time I finish the race until I start to feel normal is about a month. That first two week period of structured training is tough.
My husband and I are doing Brazil, Cancun 70.3 and Cozumel in 2009. Looks like we'll be at some of the same races. Good luck with it. I'm planning on taking the 70.3 easy and using it as just a long workout.
Look at the priority of each race, do you just want to finish each one, or pick one as a training race, another as your "A" race? One every 6 months is do-able with recovery & some good training between. However, you may be burned out by the end of the season. Recovery to 100% takes time, and you may be on a "high" and want to jump back into it quickly. I gave an athlete I coach mandatory 5 weeks of OFF time which means no structured training, doing some light swimming, hiking, and just getting back to "life" to maintain balance that the Ironman training causes one to sacrifice during heavy training. Mentally it will keep you fresh & in the game, and keep triathlon as a lifestyle to you rather than a "job" that is just a time & energy drain. It usually takes a good 5 weeks to fully recovery from an Ironman--to where you won't have any residual effects from the race. By then you should be mentally ready to go again. Coach KK, www.GeminiMultisport.com
17x Ironman Competitor
Great, see, i have 3 months between each, maybe i can take some 3 or 4 weeks doing what you just said, unstructured training to take on training again after that. I guess i need to choose which event (s) i want to be my priorities.... Prolly the 1st and the 3rd?.... Yes, the mental rest is important, you know what you feel like the last three or four weeks prior to the race.