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Saturday, January 3, 2009

2008 Totals

OK, well 2008 started out pretty good, and then kinda fizzled out.
Got in a marathon in early summer which burnt me out on running for quite a while. Then came training for 2 half Irons within a month of each other, as well as a couple of other minor events just for fun.
After that came the IMWI hoopla and excitement. Next thing you know, I am just kinda sailing without a training plan and doing whatever I felt like doing, which ended up being a fat lot of nothing much and piddling around.
by the time December had rolled around and I was feeling a bit more into it, my body quit cooperating. I spent most of the month with a cold, then a cough, then what was some sort of freaky ear issue. The Urgent Care doctor that insisted that the reason I couldn't hear and that my ear was feeling like it was going to explode from pain and pressure was a wax impaction (RANT: um, WRONG! I did not get to be almost 40, an experienced nurse and mother, and a reasonably smart person by not recognizing when I need to flush my ears with peroxide instead of spending $200 have a doctor pressure wash my eardrum with his magic potion of, get some wax out of my ears. The problem was a little bigger than that I think and it ended up resolving on it's own in the following 2 weeks).
So anyway, in a year where I was on track to far exceed the numbers form the year before, I fizzled out into a lackluster finish. **SIGH**
Final numbers:
Swim: 64.51 miles (2008: 32.93) .... 41hrs, 13.53 min
Feeling pretty good about that number. I spent a lot of time in the spring working on swimming when I was having ITB issues to rest it from running.
Run: 431.49 miles (2008: 594.88) .... 106 hrs, 15.27 min
I really lost my motivation to run this year. First injury, then I just couldn't seem to gain the ground back that I wanted to and I struggled. Alot.
Bike: 1750.23 miles (2008: 1885.7).......84hrs, 32.22 min
It got colder earlier this year so I got fewer rides outside and haven't spent nearly as much time as I needed to in the trainer as I should have I guess. I am surprised at this number actually.
Also of note here is the time I spent doing alternative cardio (videos etc), stretching, yoga, and pilates in the early Spring. The time spent there was significant as I tried to heal my IT Band, and then moving forward through the year.
Overall, I suspect the time spent (over 232 hours in 2008, and I can't get the report to run for 2007) is probably about the same from 08 to 09 as a much larger volume of time was spent in the pool, but I am still disappointed overall. Rather than kick myself, it's just time to get moving forward int he new year.
What's next:
*Take off the 35 pounds that crept back on this year (WTF!!!! Where did that come from? )
*Train for IMWI in September. I think this will also show an increase in my total mileage for 2009 as the volumes needed to be successful almost require it.
*Find a few races to do in the meantime that are fun and will keep my motivation going.
*Finsh my training plan and work the plan without finding excuses not to follow it.
Oh Yeah, in case I forgot to mention it today......
253 Days to Ironman Wisconsin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jeff said...

I think you've had a great couple of years. Don't forget where you came from. You'll get those pounds back off and kick some ass at IMWI! 251 days and counting.

Steve Stenzel said...

Wow! Nice numbers! You're off and running for IM WI 2009!

And I THINK Pharmie and I will be out there to cheer and volunteer!!

Rural Girl said...

It's great to see how excited you are about IMWI! I hope, like Steve and Pharmie, to be at IMWI this year as a volunteer. I'm so stuck on that race!

Yes, I will see you at Spirit of Racine. I'm really looking forward to racing there. I heard it's fast!

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