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!!!
Running Ricig says
Way to go breaking in the vibrams slowly! When Mike started running barefoot he started a little too fast and got injured pretty quickly!
Awesome swimming mileage (is that what you’d call it or meterage?)
Nice job with your training numbers! Woohoo!! I’m breaking in my VFFs too. I’m up to about 30min. in them now and feeling great!
Your training numbers are looking stronger and stronger. I hope you have a great May! Thanks for comment on my Eugene Marathon recap 🙂
Holy bike and swim lady! Nice job in April. And only three weeks to the half? So exciting. :)O
I think it’s awesome you’ve focused so well on bike and swim. For everything there is a season right? Here’s to a great May!
Great numbers for the month! You are a swimming fool! 🙂
Amazing numbers for the month…no big deal on the strength training. You still got some in! Seriously great #s on the bike!
Great month! 🙂 And don’t beat yourself up over the strength training… it’s hard to fit it all in sometimes!
Great numbers. I like how you keep track of all the various parts. Biking is an afterthought for me. I need to do a better job keeping track.
have a great month!
Matthew Smith says
You’re killing it out there, AND making it look like I’m not doing anything! Way to go, and keep up the good work.
LOVE the stats!
Great Month!! Its nice to reflect on those numbers!!
Candice @ I Have Run says
You will rock it in May! How can you not after such a great April?
Chris K says
Hey P, long time no talk. Looks like you are keeping up quite well. Good job. I year you regarding CSU schools. Trust me. Unfortunately, my kid has turned into a college snob and working her butt off to get into some great schools.