Allowing that you all probably don’t get here every week but might like an overview of how the year is shaping up so far I thought I’d summarise how things have been going. I’ll cover both how we feel things are going and what the numbers are.
There’s a certain confidence that comes from getting through the work consistently day in day out. Conversley I always find that there’s also a tiredness that comes from getting the work done. That tiredness usually means that I’m moving slowly and can have the opposite effect on the confidence. I can sometimes feel a little schizophrenic early in the training as I’m getting the work done but not yet really feeling the benefits of it.
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January & early February weekly hours
- Week one: 10 hours 50 minutes
- Week two: 31 hours 30 minutes
- Week three: 14 hours 10 minutes
- Week four: 17 hours 30 minutes
- Week five: 18 hours 10 minutes
- Week six: 18 hours 25 minutes
This is probably the most consistent block of training I’ve ever strung together this early in the year. But before you get all excited I’m training for the earliest race I’ve done thus far.
I would normally be racing in the Summer or Autumn and as such would only be ticking over in January or maybe getting ready to train hard in Feburary. Ironman Texas is only about ten weeks away as I write. Still we are both very happy with the consistency and quality of the training so far.
January overall hours
- Total hours/sessions 80:35 (48)
- Swim; time, distance, number of sessions 16:35 48200m (17)
- Bike; time, distance, number of sessions 41:45 1106k (14)
- Run; time, distance, number of sessions 22:15 235.5k (17)
The overall hours and number of individual sessions also stack up well. The number of swims is skewed slightly by the training camp in the second week but overall it’s all coming together quite well.
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