I tried a new plan this year. Apparently it's been very successful for many triathletes. For me? Not so much. It's the EN idea of training to be faster first, during the winter months, and then adding distance on to that closer to the race.
It felt great in the early months. I was actually getting faster, and enjoying a little more family time--a benefit of doing more short, fast workouts. In theory, the plan makes sense. Especially now that I'm over 40--fewer long hours on old joints. But here's what isn't working: life gets in the way! For various reasons (family events, sicknesses, ROOT CANALS, and now a disc problem) my workouts have been sporadic over the past few weeks. No more than usual, but this year it's had a much bigger effect on my readiness to race. I haven't put in as much distance training, and am running out of time!
I'm 6 weeks out from my HIM, and haven't even ridden my bike more than 2 hours in one stretch. My long run was 8 miles, and that was a few weeks ago. Granted, I was a little slower last year, but at least I knew I would finish the race!
So much for the new plan :/