Sunday, March 18, 2012

Two Moments in TIme

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.

3 comments:

K said...

I already knew how awesome you were. Now we have the data to back it up!

Amanda said...

Rock star! Yes, that data is impressive. Yes, you should be proud. Yes, I am jealous - okay, not really, I know how hard you've worked for this :).

Keep it up - I cannot wait to see how this year's IM goes for you.

On a side note, please be careful out there on the roads! My co-worker was on the bike portion of a tri two weeks ago and he and two other racers were hit by a car. He tore a muscle in his thigh that wraps around behind the knee. Six weeks on the disabled list. Ruined his bike as well - a brand new Quantaroo that his sponsor provided...

Adrienne said...

Awesome! Higher and lower numbers are definitely a positive trend. Looks like a great negative correlation and who knows what the next year's numbers will look like!