I just signed up for a IM in October2021 and am trying to decide on best strategy to select some races in the spring/summer. The current challenge we are all facing is the uncertainty when races will be held. Hence I believe it might be sensible to now put all my eggs in one basket and rather selected multiple shorter races.
Any suggestions>? I understand that this is pretty much like staring into a crystal ball – but I certainly would appreciate your thoughts on how best to prepare…
The later into the calendar year you can push your first event, the more likely you’ll be able to compete. Because your IM event is so late in the year, you can afford a May or June event. Also, a May or June event gives you the option for a February or March event (in a best-case scenario). Even if that Feb or March event is a virtual half or full marathon, it stretches out the year to allow for the possibility of 3 solid A races over the next 12 months.
And, that May or June event is plenty of time to transition into your IM in October.