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November Fitness Distance

Running: 10.11 miles
Body Pump: 4 hours

No swimming or biking this month, and not much else, either. I took a couple of days off when Marci was out of town, which led to a full week off followed by Thanksgiving week off. This was compounded by a twisted ankle that led to the rest of the month off.

The cumulative graphs aren’t really worth sharing this month. I hope to do a better job during December, though I’m not very optimistic. I’ve already skipped my Monday morning Body Pump.


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October Fitness Distance

Biking: 40.39 miles
Running: 40 miles
Body Pump: 8.75 hours
Swimming: 2.28 miles

New for this month, I’ve added my Body Pump classes to the graph. Since there’s no distance associated, I’m using hours. I’m not sure this is the best choice, but nothing else convenient came to mind. I have something different planned for the full year summary.

I managed to swim even less this month than last week’s low for the year. This month, my ramped up running added to Body Pump in squeezing swimming out of my schedule. Unless I ditch running as the weather cools off — which I’m not planning to do — I doubt swimming will make much of a comeback this year.

Speaking of “year”, here’s the cumulative graph:

For the year so far:

Biking: 448.65 miles
Running: 247.62 miles
Swimming: 94.76 miles
Body Pump: 18.75 hours

And here’s the new combo graph:

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September Fitness Distance

36.01 miles Biking, 19.77 miles Running, 3.24 miles Swimming

Biking: 36.01 miles
Running: 19.77 miles
Swimming: 3.24 miles

Abysmal showing for swimming; worst of the year by far, as shown by the combo chart at the bottom. Exact median for both biking and running. I clearly need to step things up for October. As with last month, most of the biking is RPM spin class at the YMCA.

The reduction in swimming distance is definitely attributable to Body Pump taking over its normal time slot. However, starting this week I’m switching one morning back to swimming. I’ll still try to swim in the afternoon on the other Body Pump days. Likewise, I’m going to attempt to attend an early evening Body Pump class on the day I swim in the morning.

Here’s the year so far:

408.26 miles Biking, 207.62 miles Running, 92.48 miles Swimming

Cumulative for the year through September:

Biking: 408.26 miles
Running: 207.62 miles
Swimming: 92.48 miles

And here’s the updated combo graph:

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August Fitness Distance

80.28 miles Biking, 8.21 miles Swimming, 3.07 miles Running

Biking: 80.28 miles
Swimming: 8.21 miles
Running: 3.07 miles

The biggest news this month is that I hated the Run from the triathlon so much that I quit running after that. I’m thinking of starting up again this week, but I haven’t made a firm decision yet.

Also, the biking distance includes the RPM spin class I’ve been doing at the YMCA. Most of the workout is low resistance and high speed, so I get more miles than I would on the road. I’m still counting it. 🙂

372.25 miles Biking, 187.85 miles Running, 89.24 miles Swimming

Cumulative for the year through August:

Biking: 372.25 miles
Running: 187.85 miles
Swimming: 89.24 miles

Finally, here’s the updated combo graph from last month:


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Jack’s Generic Tri

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It’s been a few years since I (we) did a Triathlon, but I’ve been swimming and, I had thought, running a lot more than before, so I expected a significant improvement. Did I get it?

My last Tri (5 years ago!) was longer, so doesn’t compare directly. I’ll try some sort of normalization. Likewise, even my first triathlon, while closer in distances, wasn’t quite the same as this one. There’s some information to be found on comparing runs of different lengths, but not applicable for the small difference here (3mi versus 3.1mi). Likewise, the bike distances are close enough based on my level that a direct conversion seems acceptable.

It’s the swim were I’m not sure linear is appropriate. 800m versus 500m is an appreciable difference. I’m going to just make up a conversion factor of 15%. So converting the two previous results to match the current distances gives:

Times normalized to 500m/13.8mi/3mi
Event Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Total
2007 Couples Tri 13:18 3:52 51:21 2:02 34:28 1:45:01
2007 Brunet Tri Hard 13:13 3:52 48:01 2:02 32:51 1:40:20
2012 Jack’s Generic Tri 12:14 3:28 49:23 5:45 32:56 1:43:46

For the Burnet Tri, the T1 time was included with the swim time, so I’ve used the Couples Tri value as it was likely relatively similar. This may mean that the bike time wasn’t quite as good as represented here.

As anticipated, the swim is where I had the most improvement. I had hoped to do much better on the run, but I knew that I hadn’t as I ended up walking much of it due to being tired from the first two activities and from the heat.

The most telling piece of information to be garnered from this table? My T2 time sucked. I knew this at the time because I was futzing with my iPhone getting two different apps running and I decided to apply sunscreen.

The run sucked so much that I’ve lost my run motivation. Combined with the addition of Body Pump to my workout routine, I’m not sure I’ll be running much in the future. Oh, well.

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July Fitness Distance

13.65 miles Running, 8.38 miles Biking, 7.76 miles Swimming

Running: 13.65 miles
Biking: 8.38 miles
Swimming: 7.76 miles

I thought my motivation was low last month, but July’s laziness puts June to shame! One very short bike ride the entire month…

291.97 miles Biking, 184.78 miles Running, 81.03 miles Swimming

Cumulative for the year through July:

Biking: 291.97 miles
Running: 184.78 miles
Swimming: 81.03 miles

I’m optimistic for August, though I’ve officially switched from Nitro Swim to YMCA, primarily so that the kids can swim laps also and so that I can take the Body Pump class. It seems likely that with the addition of Body Pump, something else well see a reduction (though probably not from July’s level).

I came up with a new graph that better highlights July’s poor showing:

July is even lower than March, which had the wonderful excuse of a trip to New Zealand!

At least I managed to swim 1800 meters further in July than March, salvaging July from complete ignominy!

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June Fitness Distance

84.58 miles Biking, 19.93 miles Running, 10.18 miles Swimming

Biking: 84.58 miles
Running: 19.93 miles
Swimming: 10.18 miles

Summer saps my motivation. The 50 mile ride at the start of the month was very nice, with favorable wind for most of the ride.

283.59 miles Biking, 171.13 miles Running, 73.27 miles Swimming

Cumulative for the year through June:

Biking: 283.59 miles
Running: 171.13 miles
Swimming: 73.27 miles

July is already off to a slow start as I’ve come up with excuses for 100% of the days so far, including tomorrow’s “holiday excuse”.

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May Fitness Distance

51.39 miles Running, 11.71 miles Swimming, 87.14 miles Biking

Biking: 87.14 miles
Running: 51.39 miles
Swimming: 11.71 miles

Finally started picking up the biking slack, which is good as I’m doing a 50 mile organized ride tomorrow. Not really ready for it, but I’m optimistic that I can push through.

I decided to take a look at how the above graph would look for year-to-date, rather than what I’ve been using. I very much prefer it. In particular, it shows the two weeks during which running surpassed biking for the year.

151.20 miles Running, 63.09 miles Swimming, 199.01 miles Biking

Cumulative for the year as of May:

Biking: 199.01 miles
Running: 151.20 miles
Swimming: 63.09 miles

Hitting 200 miles for the year at the start of tomorrow’s ride is a nice milestone. Yesterday’s run was a bit tough at the end; perhaps if I’d known I was hitting 150 miles that would have made it better. 🙂

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That was quick…

Well, due to an error in judgement during a run last night, I ended up running further than I had intended. (Reminder: I need to investigate why my “half way” notification didn’t trigger.)

Thus, to the best of my knowledge, my new personal run(+walk) distance record was set last night as 6.69 miles. Yay! I still expect this to be beaten soon, though probably not for at least another week.

I had recently lamented that I was struggling with my runs and that it might be that my pace was too fast. I’ve experimented with my pace over the last few runs and I’m no longer so sure. I think that I typically struggle with Tuesday morning runs, for some reason, and that leaves me with a skewed opinion until Thursday’s run.

That being said, hills suck. 🙂


Longest Run… or Not!

Written yesterday, but my blog was down.

I had thought today’s 6.22 miles was my distance record. A bit of research revealed my error.

2011-02-05 6.68 C210KW6D1
2006-04-10 6.62 from auto shop
2005-10-02 6.34 IBM Uptown Classic 10K

My current record is from when I was doing the Couch-to-10K program early last year. Oddly, I made it through week 7, day 3, before taking a break and yet none of those later days were longer. Week 6, day 3, is, however, missing from my data.

I knew about the Uptown Classic 10K, but I naively expected it to have been shorter than 6.22 miles. The 6.62 miles from an auto shop is from one time I dropped the truck (pre-Prius; actually, maybe pre-truck-Durango).

While doing this research, I had to consult three separate sources of data: my old GPS logs (linked to from my Blog in the “Also See My” section), my Garmin logs (linked as its own MY GPS LOGS section), and my Nike+ logs on my iPhone (though I suppose I could link to those as well). Clearly, some consolidation is in order. I’m not sure what the best choice is for storing the data or how easily it will be to migrate the other data to that choice.

Week 4 of Bridge-to-10K is coming up soon with 3 extra minutes of running, but that’s probably not quite enough to set my record. Week 5, Day 3 is the run that will almost certainly set the new record. Interestingly (to me), that run is likely to hold the record unless I make the decision to move past 10K. The Week 6 runs are just a tiny bit shorter than Week 5, Day 3. There is no Week 7.

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