At least I have a valid excuse this time — shortly after my last blog post, I spilled a drink on my laptop. Sent it off for repairs, which took 3 weeks. I got it back and the keyboard still hasn’t been fixed, so I will shortly be calling to complain and get this sorted out. Spoiler alert: there will probably be another delay with the next blog post going up. Couple updates on things after the weekly updates.
This isn’t going to be long. I was curious what my total volume was for my time in Florida, so with the help of Garmin Connect and my own incessant blogging, I should be able to work that out. I left for Florida on Wednesday, January 9th, and arrived back in Philly on Monday, March 11th. I had a couple of sick days and travel days (that travel week down ended up being pretty much a wasted week), so lets call it 8 full weeks of training.
Total of 8,262 minutes, or 137 hours, 42 minutes. On average, that works out to 1,032.75′ a week, or 17 hours, 12′ a week.
The “average” training week looks like this (all of the numbers above divided by 8):
S: 10,175yarters, 240′
B: 150.73mi, 479′
R: 37.31mi, 312′
I have to give a big shoutout to Wellington Wahoos and Richard Garza for all the help with my swimming. Obviously I improved a lot in all three aspects, but the swim was largely due to having people to push me every morning, and Richard helping improve my stroke. I think the swim meet was one of the highlights of the entire trip, and I’m already looking forward to next winter and seeing how much faster everyone has gotten (and showing them how much faster I’ve gotten too!). Plus, I got some awesome tan lines on my legs from being able to swim outside in the sun (jammers, briefs, and speedos). Tan lines are always appreciated in January.
My run improved a ton as well, primarily because I ran a ton (by my own standards). Don’t believe me? My volume in 2 months is the equivalent to about 1/2 of my total (recorded) volume from all of last year! Obviously, the harder you work, the more success you see. I can only imagine what the coming months will have in store for me (and by months, I mean Brian/Brain).
Definitely going to tag this post with “slacker.” I’ll chalk some of the delay up to coming home from Florida, plus getting settled back in, plus getting slammed with work, plus being generally unmotivated as the cold weather has sucked ass for training. Quick recap on the previous weeks, and then some more stuff.
This is very long overdue, and for that I apologize. I’m trying to crank this out in the 30′ window I have between having finished my run (and eating breakfast) and heading to the pool for a long swim.
Wildman came about because I was looking for an excuse to not leave Florida as early as I had planned, and Steve Houston had said he might be racing. Looked it up – cheap entry, not too far away from Disney, sold. The week leading up to the race was busy as I had to pack all of my stuff into bags and into my car, and do it in an organized manner so that when I got to Orlando I could quickly unpack everything, since I’d need the space in my car to put my bike in the back (never drive with a bike on a bike rack if it has deep dish wheels and/or a disk on!).
So after my last post about being tired and lazy about posting, I followed up by not even posting for the following week. The good news is I get two weeks of stuff to post, which hopefully means I have at least one interesting story to share (and I do!). Race season kind of sort of finally started, with an individual time trial at the end of the first week, and then a swim meet all day Saturday and Sunday this past weekend. As such, my numbers look a bit down, but thats okay.