2008 training stats

2 09 2008

With tri season #3 in the books, it’s time to look back and evaluate. From 1 January to 31 August 2008, I swam 168km, cycled 3990km and ran 567km. That’s 210 training sessions or 283 hours of not working on PhD training. On a monthly basis, I averaged 21km in the pool, 499km on the bike and 71km on various urban trails in 26 sessions or 35:36 training hours. Time management, getting to and from training venues, bike maintenance and the like add – at least – another 5 hours to my tally.

Although I find it quite a stretch to squeeze in 9 to 10 training hours per week, I realize that if I want to race longer distances, I will have to log more (quality) training hours, in all three disciplines. Running economy remains my biggest weakness by far. I hope that by adding more speedwork to my LSD winter training regimen – in between breaks from writing and parenting, of course – I’ll be able to run more consistently next spring. Swimming is a matter of automating proper (freestyle) technique through endless repetition. Cycling is a joy but consumes plenty of time and money.

For what their worth, here are my 2008 cumulative training stats.

swim bike run training hours sessions
jan 28.3 210.0 86.5 33:17:00 30
feb 20.5 249.7 60.9 23:18:00 21
mar 13.5 499.0 30.1 28:40:00 14
apr 26.0 627.6 62.6 48:49:00 31
may 22.5 875.0 80.3 49:52:00 34
jun 23.5 651.3 71.6 40:57:00 28
july 13.6 370.0 73.8 24:34:00 21
aug 20.0 506.9 101.2 34:08:00 31
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