Saturday, February 27, 2016

Race Totals Since 2007

My final race totals, after 10 seasons of racing.  I am done keep track after last season.

Just continuing to clean out all my charts, tables, etc.  Have a few more blog posts before it is all done.

227 total races, the table breaks those races down.  There is a chart showing them by month.  As one might expect in MN, June and July have the highest totals.  Nothing in Jan and Feb.

117 total triathlons and duathlons.  85 triathlons and 32 duathlons.  60+ TTs, and a bunch of running races.  There were 2 triathlons I did not finish, one due to a flat on the bike, the other due to a stress fracture.  I know ahead of time I was going to drop out of that race.

Pretty decent accomplishment for 10 years. 

Table of Races Completed

Races Broken Down by Month


Friday, January 8, 2016

December 2015 - Last Monthly Post

This is my last monthly post.

Below is a picture of all of my training logs.  Putting them into a little box and storing them away.

Not much working out in December.  The only thing of real note is that I did go to Masters one last time, mainly for the end of the year\Christmas breakfast.  It was the most I swam since September.  It went ok.  It felt like I thought it would feel, tough.  I woke up the night after swimming wondering why my arms and shoulders felt tired and sore, and then remembered I swam.
I did run a little and bike a little.
Below are the usual tables, comparing previous years Decembers, YTD, and Totals.  The YTD is the totals for 2015, which was lower than previous years.  I will have another post that compares yearly totals from all years. 
Comparison of December to December
Total and Averages Since 2007
YTD Total and Since 2007


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Final Weight Summary

After tracking my weight for over 8 years, fairly consistently, I am done.
As with training\working out, I am done keeping track of shit. 

As I have mentioned in the past, every time I weigh myself, it is in the nude, in the morning, after going to the bathroom.  Trying to stay consistent. Again, I think I have done a pretty good job :)

In November of 2007, my high was about 207.  Since then I have been up and down, with a low around 176, which I was near the end of this year, oddly enough.  I think before I started weighing myself in 2007, I was probably at 220, or higher. I may have mentioned this before, but I think my low, since Charlie has been born, has been due to eating less, and going from a few beers a week, to a few beers every 2-3 weeks.

What is my secret to staying so lean and trim (Ha Ha). Trying, again trying, to not over eat, especially things that are not good for me in large quantities, and switching to some veggie only meals 2-3 times a week.  I think that is large drop in weight in 2013-2014.  Jackie started veggie meals  about 2 years ago and it has helped keep my weight down.  I love red meat, but I eat much less than I used to.  Now more pork and chicken. 

Below are the charts, and a table.  Charts are for my measured weight, average weight by year, minimum and maximum weight by year, standard deviation of weight by year, and range of weight by year.  It is all there and all done.

Enjoy! Have a Happy New Year!

Weight Chart

Table of Data

Average Weight by Year

Max and Min Weight by Year

Range of Weight by Year

Standard Deviation of Weight by Year


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

November 2015 "Training" and Other Stuff

Not much this month, starting to wind down. 
Got a little bit in here and there. 
No swimming at all for the first time in a long time.  The last time I did not swim in a month was October of 2008. 

I am going to stop tracking my workouts and weight at the end of this year.  If I ever go back to racing, I am going to stop tracking all my data.  I am going to stop logging and tabling everything.  If I start racing again, I would like to do it in a more relaxed fashion, not where I am tracking everything.

The last few posts I do in 2016 will be summarizing my racing, training, weight, and a few posts that I have started and not finished. Then I will be done with the blog.

I did learn baby massage this month.  Pretty interesting.  I have given Charlie the GI massage, which has helped him with gas.  You can actually feel stuff moving along the GI track.  For the most part, he seems to enjoy it, or at least it doesn't bother him to much.

After about 8-9 weeks, Charlie has settled down a lot.  Almost a totally different baby.  He goes to bed without any rocking, or humming, or anything.  He can sit in his little chair, or swing, or on his play mat for fairly long periods without fussing.  He smiles and laughs and coos, it is pretty cool. 

November to November Training

Total and Averages Since 2007

YTD Total and Since 2007

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

October 2015 Racing and Training Summary (Along with Changes and Decisions)

Not unexpectedly, my training has slowed down since the birth of Charlie.  I can't get up in the morning to swim, just too tired.  I tried a few times, and could not get out of bed.  Swam once in October at LA Fitness over lunch.  Felt ok.  Try to do that once a month for awhile, until he starts sleeping longer, then I might try to go back to Masters.  All running, biking, and strength I have done over lunch at LA Fitness, when I have time.  Doing them in 20-40 minute blocks, whatever time I can fit in over lunch that day.

I wonder if I have been suffering from some sort of chronic fatigue.  Over the past year or so, I have been really tired at times, frequently.  Just feeling exhausted, physically and mentally.  I really don't take a break from working out throughout the year.  I don't work out a lot, there are people, I know, who workout more than me, but I think they break at certain times of the year.  I just go.  Since Charlie has been born, I have not gotten a lot of sleep.  I have been tired, but it is different than what I was feeling before. 

The above two paragraphs I started writing over a week ago. I had to break and come back to writing this post.  Since then I have done a bit of thinking.  It looks more and more like I might not race at all next year.  Just casually workout when I have time.  Maybe I will try to get back to triathlon in a couple of years or so, we will see.  Not that a lot of people read this blog, I use it more as a diary and to track my training and racing,  but I will probably not post as often, if at all.  I think I need to put less pressure on myself to do things now.  Thinking about trying to train and race is stressful.  I don't want to race, unless I can train appropriately.  I am not a natural athlete, I can't go into a race way undertrained and expect to have a race that I am happy with, so I think the best thing to do, to avoid making me feel stressed, is just to not race, and try to be more casual about training\working out.  Maybe when Charlie gets a little older, and I get more organized, I can try to go back and do some races.  I feel a little sad about it, but it is not the most important thing in the world, my wife and child are the most important things in the world.  Also, I need to take care of my mental and emotional health, and stressing about if I am training enough to race would not help.

Anyway, below are my usual totals.  I will probably do my usual summary posts for the end of the year.  Posts that summarize my performance, related to my training, and summarize the amount I raced.  I have most of the data collected.  I will probably do some random posts about other stuff.

Year-to-Year October Comparison

Since 2007 Totals and Averages

YTD and Since 2007 Totals 

Monday, November 2, 2015

2015 Transition Pictures

Every year I post all my transition pictures, without comment, just pictures.

St. Anthony's Triathlon

Gear West Duathlon

Buffalo Triathlon

Lake Minnetonka Triathlon (Duathlon)

Lake Waconia Triathlon

Graniteman Clearwater Triathlon

Chisago Lakes (Toughman) Triathlon

USAT Age Group Nationals

Lake Marion Triathlon

Maple Grove Triathlon

St. Croix Valley Triathlon

Monday, October 12, 2015

September 2015 Racing and Training Summary (And More!)

The big news for this month.....we now have a son.  Charles David was born on September 23rd.  He was a healthy 9lbs and 1oz and 22 inches long.  All is well.  As people with children know, it changes everything.  Of course, he will change everything about training and racing, and life.  He will change everything about life for the better :)

I did get in two Salomon Trail Races this month.  It was pretty hot\humid both nights.  The distance for the first two runs is about 4.2 miles, the longer of the two courses.  The final two races are a shorter distance course.
4.18 miles = 36:30 (8:44/mi)
4.18 miles = 35:54 (8:33/mi)
These two times were slower than last year, by a fairly good amount.  My fastest time last year, on this course, was 34:11, so my fastest this year was about a minute and a half slower than last year.  My run has been slower this year than last year, so my results are not too surprising.  I have not been able to put a finger on why my run is slower this year.  Maybe, when I run, I have been pushing harder than last year, and not mixing in enough easier runs, like I did the year before.  I will try to do a little more analysis towards the end of the year.
I am going to try and do the last Salomon trail race of the year, 10/14.

With the birth of our son, my training has slowed, actually halted, a bit.  Not a bad thing.  I haven't taken time off in awhile.  As of this writing, Oct 6th, I have not worked out in over two weeks, maybe almost three weeks.  That is probably the longest I have gone without a workout in awhile.  I might try to go for a run soon.  See how that feels.  I think for the rest of the year, I am going to workout when I can, no real plan.  Probably the way it should be.

Below are the usual tables.  I am down a bit from previous years, to be expected. 

September Year-to-Year Comparison
Totals and Averages Since 2007

YTD Totals and Totals Since 2007