Oh my goodness it's been awhile since my last post, sorry. I'll improve, promise. Training has progressed pretty well thus far. I little touch of illness at the beginning of Jan. but no big deal. Run is coming along, but I am concerned my plan has be running too much too early. I am at about 55 miles per week already on 4 runs per week (that's over 13 miles average per run and one of the runs is only 6-8 miles so lot's of long runs). Bike hasn't come along as well as the weather has been so cold out and I went over a month without being able to get on my bike (still did spin classes 3-4 times a week, but it's not the same). Still in "maintenance mode" on the swim, which means swimming just enough to maintain strock and shoulder strength.
Numbers for Jan closed at:
Bike: 25h 45m - 469.79 Mi
Run: 23h 08m 10s - 196.02 Mi
Swim: 5h 07m - 15951 Yd
Strength: 7h 30m
2008 totals closed at:
Bike: 350h 43m 48s - 6518.86 Mi
Run: 238h 57m 21s - 1955.55 Mi
Swim: 62h 42m 14s - 227068 Yd
Strength: 108h 20m
Here is something I read on the site where I blog my daily training and laughed my rear end off because it is all sooo true. It's labeled the vocabulary of a Triathlete...
TRANSLATION OF A TRIATHLETE'S VOCABULARY:
"I am an outdoors type of person." Really means: I train in any type of weather. If its raining, snowing, 90 degrees w/100% humidity, or winds gusting at 30 mph. I don't want to hear any complaints because I will still train in it and you're just a big wuss for complaining about it.
"I enjoy riding my bike." Really means: with or w/o aero bars, alone or in a peleton, I don't care. If you can't do a spur of the moment 30 miler then you're not my type. I will let you draft, but if you can't hang and I drop you - I will see you later.
"I enjoy jogging." Really means: Lets run hills until we puke. I have just as many shoes as you only mine are better because they are functional and all look the same.
"I enjoy dining out." Really means: I enjoy eating out, in or anywhere else I can find food. Don't be shy because with the amount of food I eat, you can have that main entree instead of a salad and you will still look as though you eat like a rabbit in comparison. Don't get your limbs too close though as I may take a bite out of you. Most importantly don't expect any taste off my plate unless you can bring something to the party like more food. Oh, and don't ask me any questions during breakfast, Mid Morning Lunch, Lunch, Afternoon lunch, Dinner or Recovery Dinner as it does not lend to efficient food intake.
"I enjoy quiet walks on the beach." Really means: Walks on the beach warming up into an 8 mile run and then plunging myself in the ocean for a 2 miler. If you get in my way youre going to find out what mass start is and let me assure you that you don't want to find out.
"I find fulfillment in charitable work." Really means: If I am not racing, I am volunteering and I expect you to be there along side me as I stand out in 90 degree weather for 8 hours handing out sports drink to cyclists going 20 mph. Just stick the ol' arm out there and hope it doesn't get taken off.
"I enjoy sharing quiet moments together." Really means: It's taper time. Just back off because I am strategizing and in a pissy mood because I am worried about my "A" race and can't workout.
"I enjoy site seeing." Really means: Lets grab a bike and get our HR's up to 90%. There's plenty of time to look around on the descent as trees and bushes whiz by you at 40 mph.
"I like stimulating conversation. " Really means: while we are running, we can talk about food. Then we can talk about how we decided what to wear on this run based on the temperature at start time versus the temperature at the time we expect to finish, how horribly out of shape we are, how many miles we did last week, and how many we will do this week and next week. Then we can talk about food.
"I enjoy road trips and leisurely drives." Really means: You have your choice of Wisconsin, Idaho, Florida, California, Arizona, and New York, but don't expect to do much site seeing. If I get enough support from you we might be able to include Hawaii in there.
"I am an active person." Really means: Aside from my 40 hour job, and the 8 mandatory hours of sleep a night. 10 hours a week are devoted to me during the off-season and 20 during race season leaving us 4 hours. 2 of which are spent inhaling food and you not talking to me, so lets make the best of the 2 hours we will spend together on average each day. If you are a licensed massage therapist or doctor this would make the most optimal use of our time together. Nutritionist is also acceptable, but I probably already know just as much as you.