I saw a few social media posts today regarding running totals in January - 160+, 180+ miles, etc. How the hell are you running all those miles, people? I let coach know I wanted to run more miles this year. That was, of course, before I found out I qualified for the triathlon age group nationals but I still feel like I've been working out a lot and running quite a few miles. I fell short of a 100 miles this month (caught a massive cold at the end of this week), but I have to admit I'm angry/jealous/wondering how the heck I can get my mileage up to that level?
And yet, at the same time, I know I don't need to be running all those miles. When I run massive miles, I get injured. I also set my PR back in 2009 with one of the lowest mileage training sessions I've ever done. The longest run I did was 18 miles and the biggest week I had was 42 miles.
Patience, Mer. It's only January.
Here's what went down in January.
Swimming - 14,000 yards
This is approximately 8 miles of swimming. I don't swim masters and I haven't had a swim test (yet) but I feel like I'm swimming pretty well. I love swimming and I'm glad it is part of my training again.
Biking - 101.39 miles
I had two bike tests this month - one at the beginning of the month and one just yesterday. I'll post about that in a few days. I've been learning about training with power, about threshold workouts, about my actual limits on the bike (still yet to be found). I still don't love the bike, but I have high hopes that this year will be different - that I will have a breakout year on the bike.
Running - 96.82 miles
Gosh darn it! So close to 100! I only got in 5 miles (thusfar) this week as I caught a stupid cold and it hurts my head to run. The weather has sucked this month but any time I could get outside I would. I've had some TOUGH, quality runs this month - the longest being just shy of 14 miles. I'm really happy with where my running is right now for the season.
Strength - 3.25 hours
Strength training is so easy to skip and I have to admit, some of the core routines I have blown off. But I've really tried to combine these workouts into my training. I've not been lifting the biggest weights, but the workouts have been well-rounded. Arms, abs, back, legs, you name it, I've been working it. I don't look like some of those pro chicks (yet) but I'm really happy with my body development and how the strength has been helping me with my other workouts.
Y Visits - 24
Gosh, we visited a lot this month!!! Lots of swimming!
Cost per visit - $3.56
This kind of cost per visit makes me feel like this is money well spent. I'm such a nerd.
I ran one 5k race in January and finished 3rd overall. I have one race on the schedule in February and I'm sure yet another bike test or more. See you next month.