February 10, 2011

Tri me!

After my spur-of-the-moment triathlon, I decided to start tracking my workouts. Initially, I thought it might be interesting to see if I could complete a "real" triathlon's worth of running, biking, and swimming within a month. There are several different race lengths:

tri me!
Those lengths are for running, swimming, and biking, respectively (I converted kilometers and meters to miles). Here is my chart for January:

not too bad
I ended up passing the Ironman lengths for both running and swimming, but only got about half of the biking done. And some people do this in one day! Holy mackarel. I would like to do a triathlon one day, I think. I definitely need to get better at swimming before I do it!

It's interesting, because in general I don't like tracking - I tend to get obsessive over numbers - but I really enjoyed marking my runs, rides, and swims down. I liked being able to look back at the end of the month and see most of my workouts, though I didn't keep track of using the elliptical or Wii Fit. So I made another Excel sheet for February and figured I'd keep tracking this month, too, adding in columns for Wii, elliptical, and weight training.

The chart really got me thinking, and I have decided on a small personal challenge. Since my highest recorded weight was 345 pounds, I want to try and run 345 miles in 2011. It evens out to 28.75 miles per month, which I think is totally do-able, especially with my preparations for Shamrock Shuffle - in January I logged 29.33 miles, which included my 5k on New Years and a couple of long runs for the 8k race training.

What about you? Do you set personal goals/challenges for workouts? Do you do them monthly, seasonally, yearly?


FatAngryBlog said...

I don't really set workout challenges other than timing my 5k walks (still no faster than 48 minutes) or walking for more of a distance.

It gives me a sense of accomplishment because the first time I went, I could only walk 3 or 4k and I was much slower.

Ann said...

My husband is training for a triathlon, and he is taking adult "master" swim classes - they are meant for people who are training for long-distance swims. You could totally do it!!! I love my charts and graphs, especially the weight tracker, and my training schedule!!! It's awesome to see your hard work tangible in a spreadsheet!!!

Amy said...

Wow - you're a rockstar!!

I usually set a schedule for working out, but lately I've become a little too obsessed with hot yoga and have been slacking on my weight training - which I guess can't be soooo bad since I lost 2 pounds last week.

I fell into a funk earlier this week and haven't worked out yet, but I'm ready to get back into gear.

I am starting a running program in March and am super excited!! Ottawa doesn't have many races (which is surprising) but there is a race weekend on May 28-29th, so I'm going to probably sign up for that!

TMLfans.ca said...

Good job on the setting and tracking of goals. That's something I haven't done well yet. Thanks for the suggestion! Cheers, Rick

Anonymous said...

Good God you're a beast.

Bethan said...

I used to measure it by how far i could run and for how long, but after not doing anything for months i'm now back at square one :(

Anonymous said...

That is so awesome! You did amazing!!

Tim said...

I love your challenge, you can definitely do it. Infact, if I was a betting man, I'd bet that you will achieve it before the end of the year, especially as you'll continue to improve as the months go by.

I look forward to seeing how you progress :)

Polar's Mom said...

I don't set exercise goals, I just try to get in a bit more every week.

Anonymous said...

Mine are lifetime goals that get re-evaluated yearly. They're mostly strength related; to bench 1.25x bodyweight, to deadlift 2x bodyweight, and so on. Most important: to be consistent about my training.

Anonymous said...

As usual, you rock!! A tri on the fly! How cool. And great to keep track of the miles! I get a little obsessed with the numbers too, but I try to keep it light and set acheivable goals. I think the idea of a chart like yours is a good one, though. Maybe not every month, but take it one month at a time and see how it goes.