Here's what my first 26 weeks of 2006 looked like, in training hours per week (starting at the bottom and working up). A fairly steady increase, except for two dips around the time of the Columbia (Olympic-distance) Triathlon and Eagleman half Ironman. Yes, my training hours decline around a big race, which is the reason I'm not doing any marathons this year, except for the Goofy Challenge last January. And the Ironman Florida run in November, if I get that far. The rest of my weeks this summer are going to have to look a lot like that topmost week in order to be ready.