Although I’m not thrilled with the training volume I produced in the month of April, I can’t be disappointed with the intensity I’ve recently been able to train at, given the circumstances.
Within the first few days of the month, I got sick once again. I found myself shivering during the last 30 minutes of my 50-mile ride on April 4th, and when I got home my temperature was 93 degrees Fahrenheit. I did my best to get my temperature up, but within 6 hours my temperature shot up to 103 degrees Fahrenheit. This rapid change of body temperature (hypothermia to fever) was extremely taxing on my body, and put me out of training for four days. It took more than two weeks for my body to feel normal once again, and I was able to start integrating more intensity in the latter half of the month.
A summary of my training is outlined below:
Total: 29 hours (7 hours/week)
Cycling: 19 hours, 261 miles (5 hours/week, 61 mi/week)
Running: 72 miles (17 miles/week)
11 days off, mostly due to illness at the beginning of the month. Continue reading
I ended up making a few breakthroughs in the month of March! Most importantly, I FINALLY got over my five-week-long illness that destroyed my fitness and training in February. This means I’ve been able to start building up my fitness again, and I plan to start racing again as early as late April!
Cycling was undoubtedly the least difficult sport to train whilst I was sick, and thus it received the most attention this month. In contrast, swimming under the weather felt almost impossible, and thus I decided to spend that effort elsewhere. I’m starting to rebuild my running base and am already seeing some improvements in my speed.
A summary of my training month is outlined below:
Total: 33 hours (7.5 hours/week)
Swimming: 1200 yards
Cycling: 22 hours, 317 miles (5 hours/week, 72 mi/week)
Running: 76 miles (17 miles/week)
10 days off, mostly due to illness at the beginning of the month. Continue reading
February was a little disappointing. I got really sick near the beginning of the month and was still sick by the end of the month. This got rid of any possibility of high-intensity training, and certainly reduced the amount of volume I was able to put in. Here is a summary of my training month:
Total: 20 hours (5 hours/wk)
Swimming: 12200 yards (3100 yards/wk)
Cycling: 9 hours, 108 miles (2.5 hours/wk, 27 mi/week)
Running: 42 miles (11 miles/wk)
14 days off: 11 of these days are due to illness.
January was a decent start to a new year of training. Although I was unable to swim or bike for most of the month, I had some solid running sessions on the track. Here is a summary of my training:
Total: 26 hours (6 hours/wk)
Swimming: 11800 yards (2700 yards/wk)
Cycling: 3 hours, 50 miles
Running: 145 miles (33 miles/wk)
9 days off: 6 of these were due to travelling from Toronto.
Silly faces with my little sister over the holidays
Although I’ve been slacking off on posting my training logs to this blog, I have been meticulously keeping a record of all my workouts. In fact, this is my first year keeping a record of all my workouts, so I thought it would be cool to analyze my totals and averages from the 2014 calendar year.
Although I didn’t get to race nearly as much as I would’ve liked, I have also have outlined a summary of my racing season.
Overall: 482 hours
Swimming: 206,000 yards (117 miles)
Cycling: 243 hours (4,056 miles)
Running: 1,246 miles
Overall, my training in the month of August was pretty disappointing. I got sick in the middle of the month (after a mediocre result at Tri for Fun #3) and lost a whole week of training/fitness. Fortunately, I put in just enough time to maintain my fitness, along with a couple small gains in different areas.
Looking ahead, I’ve made a couple major changes in terms of scheduling and time commitments, particularly in that I am putting aside the time to train for 20-25 hours every week through the end of the season (eight weeks). I need to provide a couple big weeks of (relatively) high-volume and high-intensity training to set myself up for a good result come October. Although I’m not much more fit than I was at the start of August, I am better rested, which sets me up very well for a couple weeks of hard training before my A-races: Challenge Rancho Cordova on October 5th, and Lifetime Triathlon Oceanside on October 26th.
Here is summary of my training month:
||Total: 24,250 yards (13.8 miles) over 15 sessions
Average: [5470 yards (3.1 miles) over 3-4 sessions] per week
||Total: 19 hours (326 miles) over 12 sessions
Average: [4 hours (74 miles) over 3 sessions] per week
||Total: 29 miles over 7 sessions
Average: [7 miles over 1-2 sessions] per week
||Total: 31 hours over 34 sessions
Average: [7 hours over 8 sessions] per week
Climbing the 3 Bears in Orinda, CA
Looking at the numbers, I can’t be disappointed with my training efforts during the month of July. This has been the most consistent triathlon training I have ever done, although I’m still looking to improve upon this in August. I’ve been swimming more frequently and longer than I have in the past, and this has certainly been reflected in my speed and comfort in the water. On the bike, I’ve driven up my FTP by almost 20 watts, and have been doing all my typical training routes quite a bit faster than before. On the run, my times haven’t gotten significantly faster (though I certainly ran faster at Tri for Fun #2 earlier this month than Tri for Fun #1 in June). However, I have been building endurance and aerobic fitness that should come in handy as I increase my running volume, which is the highest priority on my training agenda.
Here is summary of my training month:
||Total: 41500 yards (23.6 miles) over 21 sessions
Average: [9370 yards (5.3 miles) over 5 sessions] per week
||Total: 35 hours (591 miles) over 21 sessions
Average: [8 hours (133 miles) over 5 sessions] per week
||Total: 86 miles over 16 sessions
Average: [19 miles over 4 sessions] per week
||Total: 61 hours over 58 sessions
Average: [14 hours over 14 sessions] per week