I am currently working on a heart rate training article to put up later this week, and realize that with the New Year, I got to see quite a few people I haven't seen since Ironman taking their first dip in the pool. I am happy they were able to break from the routine for a good break so that they were ready to come back in the New Year. Some people never do take that break, it is essential to have a beginning and end to the training plan. You need a break from the constant focus on goals. Now that that break is over for most, I am here to remind people to go back slowly.
Exercise patience and know that with patience you can build it back up without injury. You can get that personal best without trashing your body. You can focus on one thing at a time with absolute clarity and make that change happen. Focus on the few things this year that haunted you last year. Was it your technique, now is a good time to make that a priority, with focused practice. Was it shoulder and breathing problems, go to yoga and work on breathing and mobility. Look for the most benefit you can get from the low heart rate training that will have the most lasting effect on your sport. Your best bet is anything that is knowledge and habit based, it takes a long time to create change. Begin today with a goal and work towards that goal.
You can't change what you don't acknowledge, so give yourself time to analyze what one thing could you change that would have a lasting effect, make that your goal.
Happy New Years, I anticipate great things this year, as I sit in a Canadian winter that seems to be the eternal fall or spring, this gives me hope our summer will be warm and of course produce some fast, fast races.