Friday, December 30, 2011

Numbers Do Not Lie...

After my last post, I got some really good advice from some of the comments, and that advice was to look at my logs and there I would find my answers as to why I was stalling in my pursuit to podium progress. For those of you that do not know, I utilize a site called to log all of my workouts. It lets me keep running monthly and yearly totals of my activity, it is a great site with a lot of good information also! So it was easy to go there and get my yearly totals for this analysis.

Anyways, a fellow blogger, Jeff, from, really helped me analyze my year and he helped me realize that I need to do a lot more work if I wanted to see the results I wanted. At first, I was taken back, I mean, I did s/b/r all those miles logged, and I had increased my running by a couple hundred miles over 2010, but the numbers do not lie. Here is what the analysis told me.

2011 Totals
Swim    27h 24m 34s  -  83351.67 yards
Bike     56h 44m 35s  -  959.31 miles
Run      94h 33m 11s  - 543.09 miles

Not to shabby I always thought. But let's go one more step and break it down by the month!

Swim  6,945 yards per month
Bike  79.94 miles per month
Run 45.26 miles per month
14.83 hours training per month

OK, I like how the swim numbers are looking, the bike could use a little work!  But, let's go deeper, let's break it down by the week!

Swim 1,602 yards per week
Bike 18.44 miles per week
Run 10.44 miles per week
3.42 hours training per week

Ouch, no wonder my gains were so little. It's weird, because it felt like I was always doing something! Now, I am not going to break it down by day, cause let's face it, those numbers would suck, but basically it was like under 30 minutes a day. I would have never believed this if I had not seen it broken down. Now understand, after September, I focused solely on running for the marathon, so that increased my running numbers and I did not bike or swim at all during Oct, Nov and most of Dec, but it is still an eye opener. So what do I do about this? Do I set some goals?

You bet I do!

But, I am not setting any specific race goals, but more like training volume goals, in other words, I am building a strong base for 2012, which will help me hit those better times that I want and expect to hit in races. So here are my yearly goals for 2012.

Swim 145,500 yds
Bike  2,215 miles
Run 870 miles

I could break this down monthly and weekly for you, but it breaks down roughly to 2,800 yds swimming, 42.59 miles biking and 16.73 miles running a week. That is doable because I want to do it. So lookout 2012, here I come! in 2012, you should definitely Fear the Hat!  (more on that in a later post).

Thanks again to Jeff and Mike for helping me out!!! The new training page is up with January's workouts listed, take a look!


  1. Sometimes we look at the numbers without really seeing them. Glad you had the chance to do that. Good luck in '012! Beginner Triathlete rocks!

  2. I like the way you broke down the weekly average. I think I'll do the same for my year end post.

    I log on BT too. If you haven't done it, check out the cool graphing feature. I like looking at the year broken down by months.

  3. Glad I could help dude!

    Stick to the plan and I'd bet big $$$ that you will see some dramatic improvements in 2012!

  4. This was precisely the answers I'd been searching for. Amazing blog. Incredibly inspirational! Your posts are so helpful and detailed. The links you feature are also very useful too. Thanks a lot :)

  5. Now you have to realize that Jeff is a freak of nature.. I raced with him at IMTX and held him off until mile 8 of the marathon (not bad having spotted him 20 years).

    My plan? One hour a day (ave) training, so you are relatively close now. My book is on Ebay "Onehourironmen" and might help. With 3 teen age boys, my training time can't be wasted.

  6. Happy New Year to all!

    @Anonymous, thanks Mom! Just kidding, thank you to whomever you are, it still surprises me that this blog gets read.

    Onehourironman, I will defiantely check out your book!

  7. 2011 looked pretty good. Your 2012 goals look great. I hope I can put up a full year of training like that so I can check my stats at the end of the year.


Please leave me a comment on my blog and let me know what you think, good or bad, I can take it, and thanks for stopping by! Sorry for the word verification, but the spammers be spamming...