Most runners, cyclists and triathletes , have spent the past year training for one thing: getting through pandemic life. With in-person races at a standstill, there was no goal race on the training plan.
Maybe you still ran because you needed running to help cope with the stress of it all. Maybe you swam or cycled what you could when you could. Maybe you stopped being active all together.
Some runners need a race to have on the calendar. It gives their training a purpose and a goal to chip away at with every run, and virtual races have been a great alternative during the pandemic. The Ironman VR Club run -bike virtual series is a big hit and a game changer for those with a competitive spirit.
But if you've been missing in-person races, it looks like they're finally starting to make a comeback. You may have noticed small local races already happening in your area.
If all goes well, we can expect larger in-person races in the late summer or early fall. If you have that itch to race and you're feeling comfortable being around bigger crowds, it's finally time to start training once again.
However, that's easier said than done. How exactly do you get back into the swing of things after potentially so many months off?
Make a Training Plan
Once you have a race on the calendar, its time to make a plan that gives you adequate time for base building. If you haven