"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail". It's just so black and white. Hypocritical as all hell for me to say that as I'm usually hugely guilty of black and white thinking. Yet, I utterly do not believe that saying. I've proven it to myself pretty much all of last year that I can get by and even improve with little to no plan at all. I have this forward schedule of races to look forward to throughout the year but I have no training plan as such.
Yes, I'll cycle to work and back a reasonable number of times and maybe at weekends if the opportunity arises. Yes, I'll run a bit when the opportunity arises. I'll avoid going for a swim if at all possible at the moment as I'm really just not loving the swimming still (despite it being My Sport in my childhood). So I'll probably drag myself for a dunking a few times before the first sprint tri, but there's no actual plan. I know I need to extend my runs a bit to have more confidence in completing the half marathon later on, but I also know that I could probably get through it right now if I really had to (dammit, I ran 14km with a rucksack on after a crappy day at work, I don't think another 6km would be a huge stretch, especially not having to dodge street furniture, traffic crossings and random other pedestrians dithering about). I also know from last year's experience that my sprint tri times will almost certainly improve even on last year's times because I'm just a bit fitter than I was last year and more used to doing triathlons, especially the transition bit, even though I've only done 3 in total.
What won't happen is that I will come even close to top of my category ranking. Not without some real dedication and proper training rather than playing at it. But despite having no concrete and detailed plan, I'm not going to actually "fail". I know I won't. It's not over-confidence or conceit, it's based in (albeit limited) experience.
My god. Perhaps I'm mellowing... Or perhaps I've just not got anywhere near my limit yet.