Keeping With a Theme, Numbers
The year that was 2011 and a peek ahead. As they say on NPR’s Marketplace, “let’s look at the numbers.”
Weight — Since March, my average weight has been below 200. It had not been for several years. I’m so very pleased and a bit amazed. All told, I went from 217 pounds down to 187 before leveling out at 190-191 pounds. I’m a bit heavier at the moment, but trending back down.
Goal — Get under 190 and then let the training dictate where my weight goes. I’d love to compete at 185 or even 182 but that would be uncharted territory — uncharted at least since I was 16 years old.
Swim — I swam nearly 15 hours and covered more than 37 miles of the wet stuff at an average pace of 1:22 per 100 yards. Compared to recent years’ past, I swam about the same amount and at the same speed — 61k in 2010 (1:21) and 66k in 2009 (1:23). Totals in three months (January, July and October) exceeded 10,000 yards and the shortest month was September where my only time in the water was at a race.
Goal — The total volume doesn’t interest me much for the coming year because I’m sure it will go up given the training program. I want to swim Lake Placid in 56 minutes. More importantly, I want to swim calmly, over the water and not through it and only at about 80-85 percent. This is a ridiculous goal and anything under an hour will be satisfactory; much more than an hour and something probably went wrong.
Bike — All told, I spent more than nine days aboard my bike this year. It amounted to 65 percent of all my exercise. Enough said.
Goal — Measure commuting on a Marin versus riding on the Kuota. Ride Skyline Drive. Adjust my fit. Split under 2:30 at Kinetic HIM.
Run — In the course of the past year, my average pace was 8:40. This is 45 seconds faster than 2010 and 48 seconds faster than 2009. The milage nearly doubled as well but more importantly, I dropped 25 pounds. Also, the first half of the year was focused on running better. During the second half, I averaged about 40 miles a month compared to just over 60 miles a month during the first half of the year. *NOTE — In the chart below, the second entry for Run refers to trail running in Maine where I couldn’t track the milage.
Goal — PR marathon during Ironman. Do Celtic Solstice under 35 minutes. Stay injury free — especially hips and knees.
Racing Goals — 2:20 in Olympic; 4:56:59 in HIM; 5:59:59 at Savageman; Finish well at Lake Placid — Head high, hallucinations at bay, able to converse semi-intelligently with family and cross the line between 10:40 and 11:28 (1:00+6+5:54+6+4:22) (:56+6+5:36+6+3:56) — failing these things, finish in less than 12:30.