Thursday, June 2, 2011

May Training Notes

This month my totals look like this

Swim 16,000 yards 6 hours
Bike 266 miles 15:40 hours
Run 61.5 miles 9:18 hours

The month marks the beginning of actually doing some swimming training. I started swimming with a group three times a week, and the results of that show in the total yardage. We average between 2,000 and 3,000 yards a morning, and my stamina and overall speed is coming along.

I've spent the most time biking, I'm trying to bring my overall speed up and I figure more time riding is the first step. If my memory serves me right, and I'd not be surprised to find out it's not, before I moved back to MN my mid-week rides would top out around 11 miles and I had just started doing longer weekend rides. I'm liking the group I've hooked up with, we do somewhere between 20 and 30 miles twice a week together, and then I try to get out one other time on the weekend, usually as part of a run/bike brick.

It looks like it's working - for May my average speed has been creeping up
Granted not all rides are over the same distance or same routes, but as an average I don't think it's super misleading.

I've tried to remember what the dip in that graph is from, I think it's a factor of the group ride. Our group can get pretty big, and we are supposed to average between 16-18. Most days it's close to 18, but some days the diversity of the group drives down the overall pace as we aim to not leave people behind. I was hesitant to make the jump to the next level, because they average 20+ and will not wait around if you can't keep up. But now there's an intermediate which will try to average 18-20 and will try not to drop people.

My goal with the running is to just keep the mileage up and try to stay close to the same speed. I am by no means a fast runner, but compared to where I was two years ago it's the difference, literally, between walking and jogging. So if I can bring my bike speed up three to five miles per hour by just getting more miles in, I'll be happy to put running into maintenance mode for now.

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