Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Numbers from 2010

Part of the attraction for most of us to the fitness world is the numbers. We love the statistics and go to great lengths to measure them. Interestingly enough when you do background checks on the serious runners, triathletes, etc., you will find that they are accountants (present company), engineers, scientists, bankers, and professions and jobs where there is a connection to numbers and statistics. On numerous occassions I have thought it would be great to free myself from the Garmin and just workout with no watchful eye, but I can't. Quite frankly, I don't enjoy it! Since I do all my workouts by myself, it is the watchful eye I need to ensure that I complete the time and distance I had planned. So with that prologue I present the results for 2010 with 2009 for comparative purposes!

Swimming - 2010 148.2 Miles, 83:58, average pace 34:00/mile
Swimming - 2009 117.8 Miles, 69:54, average pace 35:36 / mile (pool was closed for an extended period in 2009)
Bike - 2010 2,300 miles, 123:00 hrs, 18.7 MPH
Bike - 2009 2,206 miles, 116:14 hrs, 19 MPH
Run - 2010 1,607 miles, 190:34 hrs, 7:05 / mile
Run - 2009 1,510 miles, 180:44 hrs, 7:12 / mile

Probably one of the most striking things is the consistency. Over a year the numbers are relatively close. Also interesting to note is that at the ripe old age of 50, I am still improving, albeit slightly!
So the plan for this year is to be at least as consistent and to try and make some more small improvements. At the end of the day though, it's all about staying in good health an getting the most out of this wonderful gift we call life!
Have a great week!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A New Year!

Well it is another new year and I am excited about the upcoming year. Last year I had a lot of personal successes with regard to triathlon and running. I would say the biggest was that I can still improve in all three areas of the tri.
This year has already started off well as I have hit the ground running, so to speak, and bursting with enthusiasm. I had a bit of a rest after Silverman which was well deserved. Now rest for me is not inactivity, it just meant enjoying workouts with no structure and just for maintaining fitness.
My goals for this year are not lofty. I just want to do a lot of events, similar to last year. In 2010 I did a 10 mile race, a 21 km leg of the Banff Jasper Relay, on Olympic Distance race, half marathon, full marathon and a full Ironman. I would say that covers all the basic food groups! This year I would like to do at least that many again. Of course I still want to do a sub three hour marathon and with missing it by 2 minutes last year I know it is still possible.
Today I turn 51 and I must admit I feel no different than when I was 25. There has to be something said for all this working out! Good luck to everyone in 2011 and may you achieve all your personal and fitness goals. Remember a journey of a 1,000 miles begins with a single step!
Have a great week!