Sunday, February 28, 2010

February Training Totals

February saw a monstrous jump in training volume. Here are the details:

Swim-- 33h 44m 106,832 yards
Bike-- 77h 26m 1,369.7 miles// this includes some time on the trainer which throws off the time to distance ratio
Run-- No running in February due to injury and rehab...
Crosstraining-- 2h 40m// mix of deep water running and resistance training
Total: 113h 50m (4.1 hours of training per day, 28.7 hours per week)

12 days of 5 or more hours of training.
1 day with 0 hours of training.

Swimming masters several times per week has been great for my stroke mechanics. Over the last couple of years, I have done lots of swimming without any sort of feedback on what it looked like. As a result, my form suffered and became apparent by a regression in my swim splits in races. Coach Ann Marie has given me some good feedback and I am feeling MUCH smoother now!

I am happy that I was able to endure some of the coldest days of the year and get some decent bike miles in. At this point, getting on my bike and riding 100 miles (or more) is "no big deal". I think that this base of volume will be good as the weather warms up and the pace increases...

I am going to attempt to ease back into some run training again in March. I think that the physical therapy sessions have been helping out a lot. I do not notice any twinges of pain in swimming/biking or other daily activities. Prior to beginning physical therapy, I could feel small twinges from time to time with little things like getting in or out of a vehicle. At this point, I am "cautiously optimistic" that things will go smoothly as I begin to run again. I must show some restraint early on, since now the motor is probably in better shape than the chassis.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Jauary training totals

1st training month of the year in the books. Overall, January was a little disappointing...

Here are the details:

Swim-- 11h58m 37,100 yards
Bike-- 26h12m 470.1 miles// this includes some time on the trainer which throws off the time to distance ratio
Run-- 2h46m 17.6 miles
Crosstraining-- 8h30m// mix of walking, deep water running and resistance training
Total: 49h26m (1.6 hours per day training, 11.2 hours per week)

Unfortunately, I'm dealing with an injury lately. Since December, I have been dealing with a "Sports Hernia". At first I tried to simply rest it and then resume regular training. Unfortunately, my body wasn't ready for running and at this point, running is on the back burner while my body heals... I am now in Physical Therapy 2 times per week.

In addition to tracking my monthly training volume over the course of the season. I am also going to track two separate types of days. "0's", which are obviously days with no training. Unfortuantely, in January, I had 10 separate days with no training. This will be the only month of this year with that many days without training. The other variable that I am going to track are days with five or more hours of training. January saw 5 of those.

As I transition into February training, my number 1 priority is to get healthy enough to start run training again. The Physical Therapy is helping.

I am eager to start running, but until I can I am going to try and maintain as much fitness as I can mainly with swimming/cycling plus a little bit of crosstraining.