April was easily my best month so far this year, in spite of tiny setbacks (top of the foot pain that had me resting my run for about a week) and a world-class FAIL at my first open water swim event. Small potatoes, both of them, especially as May has dawned and that means – ACK! – I have less than three weeks until my first Half Iron distance triathlon. While most athletes would be thinking about all the hay in their barn and looking forward to the taper madness, I am still scrambling like eggs to build distance and endurance for the bike and run. Friends, don’t train like this at home!
|Swim||6,900 meters||15,850 meters||20,300 meters||20,110 meters|
|Bike||61.71 miles||27.6 miles||107.91 miles||206.38 miles|
|Run||22.45 miles||15.21 miles||30.7 miles||32.95 miles|
|Strength||2 hours, 45 minutes||4 hours, 50 minutes||2 hours, 45 minutes||1 hour, 55 minutes|
Some thoughts about these numbers:
- First, the obvious – what the hell happened to my strength training??? I don’t have any real explanation other than “laziness.” I spent so much time on my bike and in the water, I simply never busted out the balance ball. Needless to say, I will be getting back to regular core work this month!
- You have no idea how much I wanted to swim 200 meters on the last day of April!! Competitive with myself much?? Because of the way the end of the month fell before the end of the week, I still had a terrific week, so I just let it lie.
- These numbers are all the proof you need that I’m breaking in my Vibrams S L O W L Y.
- I am so stinking proud of every single one of those bike miles.
I’m feeling pretty optimistic about the month of May. I started it off with a really excellent open water swim yesterday (wow, who knew those words could be uttered in the same sentence? Not I, certainly.) and I have a WTH course preview training day this coming weekend. My thinking is that time is hurtling past me anyway, I might as well be excited about upcoming events, right? Cheers to a wonderful May for us all!
Congratulations to everyone who raced this weekend – it looks like there were a ton of PRs and otherwise awesome races! I’m enjoying all the race recaps!!!