Monday, May 2, 2011

April Recap-a-rooni

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!

January February March April
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!!!

15 comments:

Running Ricig said...

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?)

Aimee said...

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!

Michelle said...

Your training numbers are looking stronger and stronger. I hope you have a great May! Thanks for comment on my Eugene Marathon recap :)

Heather said...

Holy bike and swim lady! Nice job in April. And only three weeks to the half? So exciting. :)O

Teamarcia said...

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!

Christi said...

Great numbers for the month! You are a swimming fool! :)

Michael said...

Amazing numbers for the month...no big deal on the strength training. You still got some in! Seriously great #s on the bike!

Colleen said...

Great month! :) And don't beat yourself up over the strength training... it's hard to fit it all in sometimes!

ajh said...

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.

Tricia said...

have a great month!

Matthew Smith said...

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.

Alma said...

LOVE the stats!

Kristin said...

Great Month!! Its nice to reflect on those numbers!!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

You will rock it in May! How can you not after such a great April?

Chris K said...

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.