Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Month o’ March is Done!

I enjoyed February’s monthly recap so much, I’ve decided to make it a regular feature.  Until I get tired of it or forget to do it, that is.

March was a pretty terrific month, all things considered.  I put a new Half-Iron training schedule on the fridge and stuck to it about 99% of the time, which is pretty amazing for me lately.  I missed one bike workout because the trainer broke about ten minutes into it – booooooo! – and one swim workout because I woke up and simply could NOT make myself get into the pool that day.  I had snuck in a short unscheduled drill swim the previous week, though, so I didn’t feel much guilt about skipping it.

I love me some numbers, especially displayed in tabular form, so let’s get right to it, shall we?

  January February March
Swim 6,900 meters (for the sake of argument, I’m just going with meters from now on.  I looked it up, they’re longer.) 15,850 meters 20,300 meters
Bike 61.71 miles 27.6 miles (ouch!) 107.91 miles (not great, but at least it’s triple digits!)
Run 22.45 miles 15.21 miles 30.7 miles (oh, how I wish this was a typo and maybe missing the number “1” in front of it, but I am happy with the increase in mileage.)
Strength Training 2 hours, 45 minutes 4 hours, 50 minutes 2 hours, 45 minutes

And now for some crunching/analysis (omg, with bullets!  This post is making me happier and happier!)…

  • Apparently when I get back to biking and running, my strength training suffers.  Honestly, I can live with that, since I’d totally rather be on the roads.
  • 28.52 of the 30.7 miles I ran this month were in my VFFs.  The last time I ran with shoes (March 5th) was maybe the last time I’ll ever run in shoes because the VFFs are my new BFFs.
  • 20,300 meters = 12.61 MILES.  I swam almost 13 fricken miles This. Month.
  • The time I’ve spent swimming so far this year equals the time I’ve spent running and strength training combined.
  • In February, I swam four and sometimes five days a week.  In March, I dropped it down to three days a week and still managed to swim more distance.
  • I’ve increased the volume on biking (March’s total is more than January and February combined!), but my speed and endurance are nowhere near where I’d like them to be.  April’s focus is cadence and hill work.
  • I’m really pleased that my training is finally moving in the right direction – bigger, better, faster, more.  I’ve missed that all day *unh!* feeling in my quads that reminds me of that morning’s awesome workout and I’m super happy to have it back.

I hope you all had a wonderful month o’ March.  Cheers to an even better April!


Jon said...

Nice increase P! Keep it up!

Matthew Smith said...

Way to go, P! Great numbers for March. Keep up the good work!

Julie said...

March was lovely, but I'm SO looking forward to all the ramp up in training April brings...and hopefully some great weather, too!

Aimee said...

Those are some awesome numbers! I am so jealous of your swimming amount! Wow!
You are doing awesome!
I love my VFF, but have a quick question for you. Are you planning on using them in your tris, or will you wear other shoes for the run? That's one of my concerns and I'm not sure what to do!

Michael said...

Great numbers!! Awesome job! I just don't think I could do the VFFs, but who knows - maybe someday.

Jogging with Fiction said...

So much swimming! You're awesome!!!

Alma said...

WOW P! You are a fish! Nice job with the swimming (and other) training. You are going to fly through the water during your next tri.

The Green Girl said...

Wow, you go, girl! Look at all those meters swimming, very nice!

Kelsey: the Blonde Bullet said...

I love the Recap! That's a great idea. And I agree with Green Girl, the swimming meters are very impressive. Swimming is SO Hard (at least for me) :)

ratherthecouch said...

Oh my goodness! You exploded in March! Nice work!

I just bought myself a pair of Vibrams. Can't wait to try them out!

Colleen said...

Great job P! It's amazing to see how your numbers are getting higher and higher. I love hearing that you've dropped the number of swims, but went farther! That's awesome! Keep up the great work!