Happy 2010 everyone! I wish you well in the new year and hope you are gradually going to get back into training mode for the 2010 season. Its a new year so you have plenty of time to ease into it--no sense training too hard then getting an injury in a few months that leaves you scratching your head as to how it happened. For me, it's going to be a very slow step by step process to get up to speed. I am not planning my first peak until mid-late July with a second peak planned for October. Because of that, I would just be wasting energy and logging a lot of junk miles if I were to start training as usual now. Normally, I go with a couple weeks of prepping, then the Base/Foundation periods, Build periods, etc..... This year I am going with 6 weeks of prep to try and build up some strength (weights) as well as lay down a steady swimming routine so I can progress that way this year. I also have about 8-9 pounds to lose. I didn't gain 9 in the off season, but did gain a few. Combine that with the fact that I never got down to my ideal race weight last year so now I have a little extra to trim off.
With that said, racing in 2010 puts me in a new Age-Group for sanctioned races: 40-44. I'm not 40 yet, but will be in 2010 therefore I am considered to be 40. Some of you think that may be an easier AG, but truthfully, 35-39 and 40-44 are usually the largest AG and it could be argued that they are the most competitive with regards to AG podium spots (not necessarily overall podium).