Jan-June Totals for 2017

>> Monday, July 24, 2017

Here are my training totals from the first 6 months of this year:

Swim: 73,890 yards
Bike: 890.37 miles
Run: 335.92 miles
Strength: 118 hours, 41 minutes
Bike Trainer: 5 hours, 9 minutes
Spinning Bike: 3 hours, 35 minutes
Aqua Jogging: 1 hour, 40 minutes

(If calling trainer/spinning time 19 mph, I'd have 165.9 more bike miles, or a total of 1,056.27 miles)

Here's how it looks graphed out by BeginnerTriathlete:

Swim, bike, and run miles, with trainer/spinning bike time added in red.

Swim, bike, run, strength, and sport (trainer, spinning, and/or aqua jogging) time by month.


My bike consistency is the biggest thing here! This is STELLAR for me. And June's 215 miles was my biggest bike month since Ironman training 10 years ago!

Oh, and speaking of bike PRs, a few days ago I cracked 1,000 outdoor miles for the year earlier than I've ever done that! In fact, many of the last few years I haven't hit 1,000 TOTAL by the END of the year.

Swim and run numbers are "what they can be," and I'm happy with that. I'd LOVE to be running more (April was nearly 80 miles, and I loved that), but I'm running "smart" and taking it easy if/when something is achy. And I'm swimming all I need to be without hurting my shoulder.

My strength time has been slowly decreasing since March, but that's pretty normal. I tend to do more strength work over the winter, and then back off a bit as outdoor mileage increases. It's still quite decent.

My knee started to hurt at the beginning of the year after an icy outdoor run. I started picking it back up in February a bit, and then started a stretch of 75 out of 78 days with a swim, bike, or run through my first duathlon of the year in late April.

So I'm in a good holding pattern right now! Hopefully, I'll continue to be smart, but I need to be slowly increasing my running mileage shortly to get ready for the TC 10 Mile in early October. I've only had 2 runs longer than 6 miles this month, and last month I hit 7.5 miles once. I'd like to work that up to around 11.5 miles by mid-September. It won't be my best TC 10, but I'd like to get some more miles under my legs and perform well. Happy training!


More Photos from the USATF Hopkins Raspberry Run

>> Saturday, July 22, 2017

Race buddy Tom R posted an album of photos from last weekend's Raspberry Run 1 Mile, and here are a few I wanted to share of friends, teammates, and me:

350 people racing down main street.

The winner!

Sweet! Another pair of short yellow shorts. With an unfortunate bulge.
(You might remember a similar unfortunate bulge in my Brian Kraft 5K race report.)

1284: "former student Jeremy" who's now WAY faster (and still more photogenic)
than me. I'm in the pack behind him around the guy in red.

The following pack of runners. That's me in
the yellow shorts and orange shoes near the left.

I looked truly pained over there! (Also look at these last 3 photos to see the kick
by 1093: he starts behind the guy in the orange shorts, then pulls up
beside him, then blows us all away in this last photo! As I mentioned
in my race report, there were ALL speeds at the final kick!)

Contemplating death over there. And Rob E to the right!

More pain...

... yet more pain. But I was happy to get under 5:00!

Teammate Jamie who officially finished right at 5:00.

Teammate Geoffrey working through the pain!

Y buddy Casey, with teammate Jacob behind the guy in yellow.

Teammate Jacob making it look easy. Like a Sunday stroll.

Teammate Quinn finishing his first 1 mile race!

I don't know this guy, but this is how we all felt.

THEE Rick Recker. Still lookin' good!

The WONDERFUL spray of water I enjoyed at the finish.
(I just stood off to the side to feel the mist.)

I heard about this after I got back home from the race: apparently downtown Hopkins
has the "World's Largest Raspberry." Sorry I missed this. (Don't know HOW I missed this.)

Thanks for the photos, Tom!

If you missed it, here's the link to my Raspberry Run 1 Mile race report from earlier this week. Happy weekend!


Friday Funny 1302: Funniest Tweets About Running

>> Friday, July 21, 2017

From Active.com, here are some of the funniest tweets about running:

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Friday Funny 1301: Office Jokes

Just some jokes about working the 9-5:

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