With a full month left of training this year leading up to the last race I figured I could do an early assessment of where I stand, purely by the numbers, compared to last year.
Last year my season started in April and ended in August. So five full months - honestly I probably trained through the entire winter too to do my first two half marathons, but I don't have detailed records of those workouts, so for the sake of ease we'll just say those are accurate dates.
Last year's season totals looked like this
|Swim||83,400 yards||26:40 hours|
|Bike||1,207 miles||56:42 hours|
|Run||233 miles||22:52 hours|
I started ramping up into a fully structured program on November 21. The date-to-day numbers for that look like this
|Swim||258,720 yards||79:30 hours|
|Bike||2,100 miles||124:50 hours|
|Run||533 miles||82 hours|
Just for apples to apples, if I compare only the same dates
|Swim||139,040 yards||41 hours|
|Bike||1,600 miles||89 hours|
|Run||306 miles||46:25 hours|
There appears to be somewhat of an anomaly here - the running. It looks like I'm saying that in just over double the amount of time I only ran 1/3 further. I'm thinking that may be because at the start (November - mid-January) I was doing some pretty easy running. Taking plenty of walk breaks, stuff like that.
At times this year it really seemed like I was working out a ton. I clearly put in more time, I'll dig into the fruit of all of the labor some time later. But when Ironman WI came along this year I saw a tweet go by "Since signing up for #IMWI last year, I have trained 733 hours (ave 2h per day). I've biked 7,309 miles, run 1,265 miles and swam 320 miles." He went on to finish in 10hrs got 16th in his AG and 62nd overall. But still, that's a TON of training. That is some major commitment.