I didn’t become an Ironman or anything exciting like that this year, but I did put some serious work into getting stronger and faster, to the tune of 7 PRs and 8 top-5 AG placements!
I am, at heart, a numbers junkie so it’s fascinating for me to compare the stats across the past few years. Note that I was self-coached in 2007 and most of 2008 and have worked with Multisport Mastery since then.
Year-End Totals (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)
Swim: 250,835 yds, 262,170 yds, 143,880 yds, 70,795 yds
Swim: 142.52 miles, 148.95 miles, 81.75 miles, 40.22 miles
Bike: 2,293.1 miles, 3,430.5 miles, 2,247.5 miles, 1436.6 miles
Run: 701.2 miles, 741.4 miles, 735.4 miles, 806.23 miles
Strength: 25.5 hrs, 15.75 hrs, 11.75 hrs, 0 hrs
Training Time: 308.5 hrs, 490.5 hrs, 385.3 hrs, 287.6 hrs
Swim: Obviously, I was just learning to swim in 2007. But the fact that my yardage this year is pretty close to last year just tells me how much I’m improving, as I was not training for an Ironman this year!
Bike: Mountain bike only in 2007, my first century in 2008. Again, not too bad for this year given that I was training for much shorter distance than last year and considering how much stronger I got on the bike. A case of quality over quantity.
Run: I did 2 marathons in 2007 with another in January 2008, but I also just ran a lot. I got faster this year with less mileage than all the previous years.
Strength: I think this is the biggest leap of all, and perhaps one of the best contributing factors to my success this year.
Total Time: Obviously my hours weren’t going to compare to last year’s Ironman training, but I find it interesting that I did more with less when comparing 2010 with 2008.
And that’s enough geeking out on the numbers. 2010 was also a wonderful year for life in general! I had a blast with the dogs, with Jeff and with friends.