Andi Boecherer's tips on season planning

How should you set up your yearly race plan? How much time should there be between a middle-distance tune up race and your big full-distance event? Some tips on organizing your race schedule from Andi Boecherer.

| February 10, 2018 | TRAINING

This #Triday tip will give you some insight into my season planning - and offer some tips for you as you gear up for your 2018 season.

I work with my coach, Lubos Bilek, and start by figuring out the most important races for me. That's where the training starts. For me, as a pro, the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii is the most important race of the year. The second highlight is an Ironman in the summer, which is important not only for qualifying for Kona, but also to ensure I am on track and help me figure out what else might be required to be able to race well in October.

For the start of the season I like to plan a few smaller races. I would advise that you do the same. Pick races that you enjoy and know will be a lot of fun - the idea is to push your body and get out of your regular training routine. These races also serve as an opportunity to get you back into race mode. A few major races against high-class competition in the early summer help me to assess my fitness, while providing lots of time to make changes. 

Mentally I find it easier if I have some intermediate goals, too. And for me, as a professional, a few good results early in the year are helpful because sometimes things can go wrong at the big races you have planned in your season, so some decent results are helpful for sponsorship. Above all, good races can be of great help emotionally because they increase self-confidence and motivate you to do more.

A middle-distance race with some time before a summer long-distance race can help you get race ready and build your form. For amateurs, who don't do the same training volume and don't have lots of time during the day to recover from workouts, I recommend doing that middle-distance race four to six weeks before your main competition. For us professionals, three weeks is ideal and even two weeks can be enough,

I'll reveal my race plans bit by bit over the next few days.

From the joy of movement, the desire for adventure and the search for his own boundaries, Andi Böcherer started into multisport racing. He completed his first triathlon in 2002 and has, since 2008, turned his passion into a career. Andi has finished in the top five at the Ironman World Championship, is a former European champion and almost always finishes on the podium in any race he enters, His motto: "Do not dream of a magic day, train for a solid day!"