Last year my numbers looked like this
|Swim||258,720 yards||79:30 hours|
|Bike||2,100 miles||124:50 hours|
|Run||533 miles||82 hours|
This year looks like this
|Swim||211,200 yards||60:30 hours|
|Bike||1,334 miles||79:30 hours|
|Run||288 miles||44:30 hours|
That's substantial. But there are are some significant differences. Mostly, last year I trained for a 3.5 months longer. If I trim out those months the totals are a little more lined up
|Swim||214,720 yards||65 hours|
|Bike||1,908 miles||110 hours|
|Run||404 miles||61 hours|
But there's still a pretty significant difference.
Another thing that's not immediately apparently when staring at this year's numbers is that actually my effort over the entire year this year decreased over time. It's not a terribly interesting graph, but basically what it looks like is that I started out strong, and then over the course of the spring and summer slowly decreased load.
That reduced workload mainly came in the form of just fewer workouts and when I did do them they were fairly short. For instance, I only did nine runs all season over 6 miles, every single other run was less than 5. I'm sure there's some way to make that work, but it's not your typical recipe for success when you need to run that distance at full speed at the end of a race. There was a similar pattern on the bike.
Looking back I'm not sure what if I would change much. I basically just decided that getting enough sleep and putting family stuff ahead of racing would be the plan. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to dominate, but sometimes for me it works better to stay up and hang out with my wife than go to sleep and make sure I can be up and out of the house every morning before anyone else wakes up.
Heading into next year, I don't anticipate any more time. So I'm trying to formulate a plan that allows me to have a pretty reduced load but produce some decent results. Time will tell :)