So how would I summarize 2012? My year was . . . well . . . different. Brian took a look at what I had been doing and made some changes. Some big changes. The majority of the year was spent focusing on my weakness, my run, and strengthening my bike for . . . wait for it . . . my run.
Run: 1,404.3 miles
Prior to this year my run volume teetered around about 25-30 miles a week . . . on my biggest weeks ever . . . . training for ironman. This year my average weekly run miles hovered around 45 miles a week. I even hit a weekly mileage PR of over 50 miles. I am not going sugar coat this transition, it was hard and at times seemed impossible. When I received my training calendar the run box was always marked, everyday, sometimes twice a day. I felt the run volume in the very seat of my soul but over time I got used to the new normal and I even kinda sorta momentarily started to feel like a runner. The work paid certainly paid off. Not only did I run a 5 minute PR in my 70.3 run split but for the first time ever I ran myself into 1st place (Augusta Race Report). No Pain No Gain or NPNG for short (yeah I just applied swimmer lingo to a run report - some things never change).
|Stumpy Creek. I look fast. Ignore the obvious down hill|
|OTM T2 approach|
While I still probably swam more than 90% of triathletes my swimming took a major backseat in 2012. Running was my priority so I concentrated on just maintaining my swim. After I added in a second part time job (in addition to my full time job) as a coach for SwimMAC my swimming got delegated to only two days a week. I pity the fool who got in my way on those two days. I had to make those two days count so I am sure some innocent victims got the I-know-you-are-not-trying-to-talk-to-me-after-you-just-sandbagged-that-entire-set face. Rather than swimming faster I concentrated on swimming smarter. My swim in Cozumel, while not my fastest IM swim, was by far my most strategic. (IMCZ post)
|IMCZ & characteristic wrist flip|
Ironman Cozumel brought closure to my season and I dived deep into a much needed break. I think I only took a one week off from workouts completely, my vacation week in Cozumel. December was a hectic month for me with some required travel for work as well as some additional holiday travel. Some days I swam, ok most days I swam, but some days I caught a yoga class, and I even went for a short run or two (voluntarily!). It was a nice mental and physical break. Sometimes you just have to shut down and reboot to get back to working at full capacity. When my first 2013 training calendar arrived in my inbox two weeks ago I was refreshed and ready. With all my training buddies back in training mode part of me wanted to jump back in but now I am really glad I did not rush the recovery process. It was a really good feeling to accept my first calendar with anticipation instead of dread. Here we are two weeks into it and you know what? I am ready.