I've been wanting to try to make a good comparison between my training last year versus this year for Ironman Texas. I know that I've seen reductions in race times and I know I feel a whole lot better about where I am physically in comparison, but I have thus far avoided too much actual direct comparison--until today.
For the week of March 14-20, 2011, I had the following logged data:
Swim: 8,500 yards in 3:25:44
Bike: 104.3 miles (estimated) in 6:43:35
Run: 29.05 miles in 6:15:52
For the week of March 12-18, 2012, I had the following logged data:
Swim: 10,200 yards in 3:35:09
Bike: 100-110 miles (estimated) in 5:11:46
Run: 25.84 miles in 4:16:23
On the surface it sure looks like these numbers show real improvement in my fitness, but I wanted to look closer into the data.
Swim Time per 100 yards: 2011 - 2:25.2/100 yards; 2012 - 2:06.6/100 yards hat's an improvement of 18.6 seconds per 100 yards, which is a real solid increase in speed over the last year.I'm closing in on being able to average under 2 minutes per 100 yards for a long workout, which is a big deal to me.
Bike Time: Since most of the workouts for both years is on bike trainers and spin bikes, I don't want to make too much direct comparison, but I do think I can say well enough that my bike fitness has improved a good bit.
Run Time: 2011 - 12:56 minutes per mile; 2012 - 9:55 minutes per mile Wow! I knew my running was improving but I am stunned to see a time of 3:01 per mile faster this year.
Now, I will be the first to say that it is not necessarily fair to make a direct comparison of weeks that were not designed to be compared. However I do think this data quantifies how I have been feeling about my training, which is to say that I know that I am doing better across the board.