Tuesday, September 1, 2009

August Totals

It was a wild month. Tons of ups and downs. Here's the milage breakdown:

Swim: 400 m (one race)
Bike: 170 miles (inc one race)
Run: 48.6 miles (inc two races)
Strength: 5 hours
Yoga: 2.5 hours

Today starts phase 4 (maintenance) of the Tri Power program. I got back on that bandwagon yesterday, and did some yoga this morning. It feels good to get back into the regular routine. Eating is going pretty well, but I'm still floating around 200 lbs.

Once again, my swimming is pathetic. August had one sprint tri and a separate 5k race on the same day. The swim leg of the tri was the only time I got in the water. Pathetic. Biking was good, it felt good to finally start getting into some long bike rides. And 48 miles running is not bad really. It should have been higher but I got slack for a couple of weeks after the races.

This is going to sound repetitive, but I feel good about keeping up the schedule. Speedwork run tuesday, bike wednesday, tempo run thursday, long run saturday, long bike ride sunday. Keep the yoga up twice a week, and hit the Tri Power strength program on schedule. Might be able to get in another swim or two before the outdoor pools close. I'm also going to start working in some bike trainer time in the mornings tuesday or thursdays. or both. I think adding a two-a-day will really kick it up a notch.

We're still trying to plan a move to north carolina, and depending on where we land there will be different pool and gym options there. I never thought the move would take this long to work itself out. It has become quite frustrating; we've been planning/searching since January.

But now it's september. Fall is eagerly approaching. August is always my most hated month of the year. It just happens to be when all those one time bills hit like the car property tax and annual life insurance premiums, etc. it's always hot here in SC. for the whole month, it's repressivly hot and humid. The garden mostly dies in the heat. it's depressing.

September brings a new hope, the promise of a new season, and new fun. College football starts thursday. Saturday is when App St will begin their romp through the football season at East Carolina University, which is also in NC. I went to App St, Kelley went to ECU for undergrad (ASU for grad school, that's where we met). So that's a huge rivalry game with us and our friends. Today's high is only 78 outside. I think the hurricane has left a low pressure system in place that will keep us cool all week long and through labor day weekend, about 12 degrees below normal until mid-next-week. It is GLORIOUS. September and October are the last two months of training before the B2B half Nov 7, and I feel good about it now. I know the distances are reachable, but challenging. I am truly excited about the fall and football and seeing how this all plays out. It's nice to have hope again.

Holy crap. I just looked at the training plan, and September is supposed to have 499 miles on the bike and 80 miles running. So much for hope. I know, only increase 10% per week.


Missy said...

Bring on September and bring on some football! I'm ready too. Having just great weather here...perfect for training. Here's to B2B and yes, Ryan did kick some arse on Sunday. He was great. I'm guessing he'll skip B2B but we'll have to see.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

It's going to be a busy September for you per the schedule. Yikes!!

I find it interesting that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses wrt triathlon training. maybe that's why triathlon folks are so accepting of each other.

something interesting...my verification word is blessing...that seems worth sharing :-)

Jess said...

August was a strong month for you: Good luck keeping it up in September!

Wes said...

Get in the water!! September is going to be a great month for all of us!

joyRuN said...

I hated August, too. Along with July. I'm LOVING September though!

Alisa said...

I heart summer so I'm a little sad to see the calendar read September but I'm trying to get out and enjoy what's left of the nice weather here before the soggy rain sets in.

September looks like a busy one for you. I'm trying to hit close to 90 miles running the last 4 months of the year. It's going to be close but I think I'll be super close to hitting 1000 miles for 2009. I'm also trying to committ to at least 50 miles + a spin class on the bike. We shall see.

As for the pool, just get back to the routine and it'll be no problem!