One of the goals that I had set last year was to increase the overall mileage:
Not sure whether I want to set an overall target in 2013, but it would be nice if I could reach 5000km.
Mission accomplished! (now that's a surprise, because I had completely forgotten about this one). See what I mean? I better make those lists...
Another surprise. I actually ran less.
I remember setting this goal:
I reached my 1000km goal in September [...], so I gave myself a 1000miles (1609km) goal for 2013.Total fail.
The fact that I only ran one marathon instead of three and got injured at the end of November is most likely why I didn't end up running more, but when it comes to the actual training volume, it was similar. I kept on running three times a week, but I got a bit faster in the end, thanks to all the speed work I did on the track with coach. My average pace is now about 30s/km lower. It makes me happy to see improvement, but I expect Ironman training to reverse the trend in 2014. Zone 2 madness, here I come!
This is where I spent all the extra hours! A difference of 1300km, 60h more on the saddle. Longest ride was 110km and I quite enjoyed it. I also biked more often, thanks to my new bike trainer which threw all the excuses out of the window. I embraced the suck and Trainer Road, and discovered more data geekery (FTP, TSS, kJ, FTP/kg). Brain explosion!
Some nice improvements here as well. I swam 60km/20h more than last year and I significantly improved my pace. I became more comfortable in the water and I worked on technique quite a lot, but I did not always enjoy it. Once the open water season started though, I just immersed myself in the feeling and it was wonderful.
*sigh* I was hoping, once more, to get down to 125lb. I got as low as 131.5, which was exactly the same weight as the year before on "A" Race Day, but then I climbed back up after the last triathlon of the season and I am now at a higher weight than I was the year before. It's not a huge gain, it's "just" 8lb overall, 2lb more than last year, but given how it took me 8 months to lose 6lb, I already feel defeated knowing that I need to lose them again. Maybe I shouldn't think about it and let the Ironman training do its thing, but weight has always been a stressful topic for me, especially when I go up and down like this every year. This is one of the reasons why I hate the off season. I enjoy every bite I put in my mouth, but then I pay the price. Oh well.
It's just a number. I should not be fixating on a number, but I like the silly sound of it. Let's not lose perspective of where I've come from. In the grand scheme of things, it's just a little bump on the road.
All these are just numbers, some I love, some I hate. Today is January 1st and I return to my good eating habits. I was sidelined for a month, but I am also returning to the pool and the treadmill. Step by step, I should start liking them numbers again.
But when it comes to swimming/biking/running goals for 2014, in numbers, I have none.
There is only one number that matters this year: 140.6.