I haven’t really had a chance to look back at my 2013 calendar year, so I thought I should devote a post to it. I won’t bore you with all of my race results, you can always click on the tab at the top of the page to see results from every race I do.
When looking back at the last 12 months, a few things obviously jump out as races that I will remember for many years. The first, or course, was Ironman Louisville. This was my second time toeing the line for a 140.6 mile race and this one was memorable for lots of reasons. Not only was it a PR time, but I had a very specific race plan and I was able to stick to it. I really wanted to see how well I could do in an Ironman with only averaging seven and a half hours of training a week. In order to have the most successful race possible on this amount of training, having a detailed plan – and following it – was critical.
The other race that stands out is the Deer Creek Fall Challenge Triathlon. For several reasons, this will be a race that we will talk about as a family for many years to come. There was one purpose for packing the family into the Tahoe and driving to a little lake near Columbus Ohio…to qualify for the 2014 Age Group National Championship. The trip had lots of moments that we will not soon forget (you can read about it here), but at the end of the day, I finished 5th Overall and 2nd in my Age Group and successful qualified for what will be my “A” race in 2014.
I ended up on the podium in a total of 5 races in 2013, so overall, I’m satisfied with the season as a whole.
Thanks to Training Peaks, I can also see exactly how many yards I swam, miles I biked and ran and hours I spent doing strength work in 2013. Here’s the break-down:
Swim- 158,615 yards / 90 miles (50 hours, 14 minutes)
Bike – 2,594 miles (151 hours, 13 minutes)
Run – 645 miles (85 hours, 28 minutes)
Strength – 32 hours, 25 minutes
Since I love to collect data…I can actually look back at the last 5 years and compare time and distances for each discipline…
I’m not sure what to make of all of this. Nothing really jumps out other than the fact that if I compare 2013 to 2011 (the last time I did an Ironman race), you can see that I swam and biked less in 2013 than I did then…yet still managed to be faster on race day for both.
So 2013 is in the books and 2014 is almost 2 weeks old. My 2014 training is in full swing and I’m excited about this season…should be full of lots of racing!
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