Planning for 2014

Neon stars.

With only 10 weeks left in 2013, I thought I should start planning for next year. My five-year plan included the following for next year:

2014 1600m swim 63-mile sportive (IoW) Marathon Sprint

I haven’t booked a 1600m swim yet, but I may do Bournemouth Pier to Pier swim in July 2014. For cycling, I may do the Wiggle All Wight Sportive. I’ve already booked my place in Brighton Marathon in April 2014. I completed two sprint distance triathlons this year, so maybe I should up the ante.

The events listed below are ones that I’ve entered or am thinking of entering:


  • CC6                                               05/01/14 (cross country race – no entry fee if running for a local club)
  • Stubbington 10k                        19/01/14 entered


  • CC6                                              09/02/14 (cross country race – no entry fee if running for a local club)
  • Charlton Duathlon                    23/02/14 not entered yet


  • CC6                                                02/03/14  (cross country race – no entry fee if running for a local club)
  • Salisbury 10 mile                         09/03/14 not entered yet
  • Winchester Duathlon                 16/03/14 not entered yet
  • Eastleigh 10k                                23/03/14 not entered yet



  • Lightning run                              04/05/14 not entered yet
  • Portsmouth Duathlon (3)         11/05/14 not entered yet
  • Netley 10k                                  18/05/14 not entered yet


  • Nightrider London                    07-08/06/14 not entered yet
  • D-Day 10k                                   08/06/14 not entered yet
  • Eastleigh Open Water Tri         29/06/14 not entered yet


  • Thunder Run                              26-27/07/14 entered


Yes, you read that correctly!!! My lovely other half has entered both of us into the half iron distance Challenge event that will take place in Weymouth in 2014. Only this afternoon, I was explaining my sensible long-term triathlon plan to a colleague at work – oops, I’ve blown that now!

324 days to go!

Challenge Weymouth banner.

Have you started planning for 2014 yet?


11 Responses

  1. Looks like a big year coming up. As for sensible plans – I say just do it. Life is short and there’s no guarantee we’ll be here long enough to do everything sensibly. Sometimes it’s better to just enter, race and accept we might not be as fast as in our dreams but at least we are out there:) . Can’t wait to hear all about the race and your 2014 adventures

    • Big year! Good luck and enjoy your training! I love that you actually map out your yearly race plan… I usually go out 3-6 months, but this is a really good way to be prepared!

      • I’ve actually stopped planning as far in advance as I used to! When I was captain of my running club, I knew exactly which races I was expected to do, which took up 26 weekends, then there were three races I had to marshal, so I had to plan ahead! I’ve also realised that it’s easy to feel down after a big race if there’s nothing else on the horizon to look forward to/preapre for! 🙂

    • Thanks, Andrew – wise words. Better to have tried and failed than never tried at all. I’ve got plenty of time to train if I make a sensible schedule 🙂

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