I have been training for my first triathlon (sprint) in May since around October 19. I have a background in running but have become super interested (bordering on obsessed) with the world of triathlon and made big strides in my swimming and cycling since then, particularly after investing in a smart trainer and TrainerRoad subscription in the past few months.
However, I have recently found out that my job will be taking me out of country for six months from May, and so I am unable to attend this sprint triathlon. Obviously I am gutted, but to give me another goal I managed to enter a Marathon in April.
My question is how would you best use the time I have between now and May to develop as a triathlete? Despite entering the marathon, I still don’t consider it an ‘A’ race, but more a stepping stone and some experience before moving towards my main goal for 2021/22 - competing in half and full distance triathlons (the sprint was an initial stepping stone to this). And therefore I am reluctant to throw myself exclusively into marathon training as I am enjoying making progress with my cycling and swimming, and I definitely do not want to step away from this training. Should I use the time to focus on technique and form in all the disciplines?
Upon my return in October I plan to throw myself back into training again, although I expect difficulty and frustration having not being able to cycle/swim at all, or run any proper distance for six months. At the moment I guess I will conduct an extended base phase before pushing into build in the new year of 2021.
Thanks in advance, and I appreciate any ideas you can throw my way!