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The Week That Was – Ending 05/26 & 06/02

The last two weeks of training weren’t superb. I hit a bit of a wall (mostly mentally, maybe a little bit physically), and as such ended up with some unexpected days off in the middle of my first week back from Jerseyman. That was followed by the week leading up to Quassy, and while not having any kind of drastic taper, the volume was still down, obviously. I’d say that I’m pleased with my result at Quassy – I’m still new to this game, so anytime I end up on the podium, I’m gonna be happy. Those recaps are also being written right now (Bassman, Jerseyman, Quassy — SHEESH), and will go up shortly this week. PROMISE.

05/26/13
S: 3500y, 51′
B: 95mi, 340′
R: 33mi, 280′

06/02/13 (includes Quassy data)
S: 6540y, 102′
B: 69mi, 241′
R: 27mi, 225′

On a completely unrelated note, I share this only because playoff hockey is awesome, and seeing Sid the Kid get thrown around like a rag doll is also awesome. While the Rangers may have been bounced already, this is still a pretty cool hype video (h/t Deadspin)

Florida Training Recap

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.

S: 81,400yarters, 1927′
B: 1205.8mi, 3836′
R: 298.48mi, 2499′

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).

Some final links/tidbits:

Wildman Race Recap

Wildman Photo Album

Swim Meet & Time Trial recap

Cycling video of Florida (God, it is so nice down there!)