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trigirl84's picture
Joined: Apr 3 2006
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"A" Races

So, I've got a silly question. Everyone seems to be referring to "A" races, "B" races, etc. Why the distinction? And what's the difference? It's more of a curiosity question, cuz I won't be distinguishing any of my races--as I'll only be doing one before I go to Portugal in June for a year and a half. But I'll be getting back into it when I get back..

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Joined: Feb 21 2005
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A, B, and C refer to the priority of the race. An "A" race is the utmost importance. In a fully stocked race season there are probably 2 of these. Let's use my season as a "guideline": I did CA 70.3 as an "A" race. I trained hard with that as my goal for several months and did a full 3 week taper to get ready for it. I also have another "A" race at the end of October, another Half IM. Between now and October I have 3 olympic distance races that I'm classifying as "B" races. I'll probably do a 1 week taper for those. I'll be relatively fresh, but fully rested like I would be for the "A" races. If there are any other races I decide to do, maybe last minute, or just for fun, those would be "C" races. Those don't get a taper and I would train through them. They would essentially be a hard training day.
In "C" races, standings and results don't matter, it's all about having fun no matter what. In "B" races, You want to do well and finish high in the placings, but you know it's just in prep for your big race(s) of the season. The "A" race is where you want to do your best. Your season is geared around this race or these couple of races. You pull out all the stops for this one.
The best way to test your fitness is to race. So no matter what the classification of your races, go out there hard and have fun.
I hope that made sense. Sorry it was a bit long.

tri-ac's picture
Joined: Dec 7 2005
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if it makes you feel any better, you're not the only one who has just one race planned. i'm the same way, but i figure if it goes well, i'll have to plan a little more into the future than I have for one race

glbrum lays it out well above

i don't know who started the A B stuff, but everyone has joe friel's book "the triathlete's training bible". and he articulates planning a year's training better than most. in a way that you can plan your own year, not just follow his. he refers to A & B races and illustrates how to plan your year based on these targets. it's not really pertinent to beginners but it's an interesting read to understand the sport. for those that have a fair understanding of their training and want to focus more, the book is supposed to be great.

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Joined: Feb 21 2005
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[QUOTE=tri-ac]if it makes you feel any better, you're not the only one who has just one race planned. i'm the same way, but i figure if it goes well, i'll have to plan a little more into the future than I have for one race[/QUOTE]

I was the same way when I started out. My first year I only had plans to do one race and then did one a few months later out of random. If you get hooked (if your not already) You'll end up wanting to do more races.

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