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SC HIM Training – By the Numbers

This is quite possibly the last time I’ll write prior to racing in the South Carolina Half Ironman. It’s an exciting time for me. This time last year I was only swimming 400 yard repeats and getting geeked up for a sprint – the Emerald Point Triathlon that I recapped here. Many people are hitting my race recap now preparing for the 2nd running of that event this October, so I re-read it just to see what kind of bad advice I was giving people :). I’ve often wondered why I post this blog and share my pictures. If nothing else, it gives me an easy way to look back on where I was and help my appreciate where I am.
But enough of this memory lane crap. At the end of that race recap, I posted two things that I wanted to take forward into the off season – 1) was more swimming and 2) was more bricks. It is with a smile on my face that I say I accomplished that. Those fruits were actually beared back in June when I ran the Rock & Roll Man 1/2 iron distance event in Macon (race recap). Since that time, I have focused more intently on all 3 sports and am excited to see what Sunday will bring.
OK, now for the numbers.
The following compares the 17 weeks leading up to each event. It’s measured simply in yards for the swim and miles for the run and bike (I was not confident in some of the time data entered in February and March since I didn’t start using Training Peaks until April and had to manually fill in the previous months’ data). The first set of data is the most recent, starting the day after the Macon race. The second set of data begins 17 weeks before Macon, and does not (at least I think it does not) include the Macon race itself.

Week	Swim	Bike	Run		Week	Swim	Bike	Run
6/4/2007	2700	0	4.3		2/5/2007	3500	0	16.75
6/11/2007	8350	0	15.44		2/12/2007	4650	0	30.2
6/18/2007	6600	17.12	22.8		2/19/2007	5000	0	0
6/25/2007	7700	12	15.3		2/26/2007	0	0	0
7/2/2007	2500	22	16.71		3/5/2007	4900	12	2.6
7/9/2007	7000	75.5	14.5		3/12/2007	3000	11	15
7/16/2007	6450	35	16		3/19/2007	3200	11.4	26.2
7/23/2007	7500	61	23.25		3/26/2007	1800	60.9	4
7/30/2007	5908	57	8.35		4/2/2007	5500	0	23.33
8/6/2007	4500	75	24.7		4/9/2007	5900	23.05	10.2
8/13/2007	0	116.2	26.63		4/16/2007	3500	0	18.35
8/20/2007	3950	54	8.5		4/23/2007	6625	45	4.35
8/27/2007	6750	87.11	22.2		4/30/2007	4490	50.1	15.18
9/3/2007	3500	115	20		5/7/2007	5200	47.3	13.15
9/10/2007	7100	86.82	21.66		5/14/2007	4750	67.7	25.8
9/17/2007	2600	132	16.95		5/21/2007	5900	47.05	8.2
9/24/2007	3750	28	2.12		5/28/2007	3740	0	7.91
86858	973.75	279.41			71655	375.5	221.22
% Change	21.2%	159.3%	26.3%

My bike mileage went up signifcantly following Macon. At least 1 session a week was a brick. A signifcant number of miles were accomplished on an indoor trainer, but an equally signifcant amount was experienced on the road. The week with the 0 pool yards in February was following my knee injury at the Austin Marathon when I decided to take a week and a half off of everything. The goose egg in August was the week (plus 1 day) that thepool was closed. I missed 4 swims because of that, but the timing was ok. Otherwise my swim volume would have increased roughly 25% as well.
All in all I am very pleased. It’s the journey that defines you as a triathlete, not a single event (although we’ll see what tune I’m singing after I do an Ironman). This reminds me of a Sun Tzu quote:

Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.

My training will assure me victory. This Sunday is the battle. Thanks to all that have supported and participated in my journey. The next post you see should be details of my 2nd half iron distance finish! Good luck to everyone doing this race with me and my buddies doing the Two Bridges Triathlon in Cumming this weekend!

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