We are now a third of the way through the year and are exploding into the season with a bang, here are my training stats for April 2008.
April without doubt was a huge month and my biggest four-week training period ever....even bigger than any month in the Ironman year of 2006. I concentrated on some longer intensity sessions as well as running on consecutive days to get used to running on tired legs. The bricks were focusing on running fast off the bike and simulating some race pace efforts. The structure for the month was a four week month with no recovery time. After the marathon at the end of March, the target was too maintain the run form but build extensively on the bike. As such I begun to ride four or five times a week and included the tuesday night hammerfest. All of these rides were done on the tri bike and the road bike has been collecting dust in the garage. After February and March had plateaued at an average of 13+ hours a week, I needed to breakthrough and stress the body with something new. I managed to consistently get large weeks in throughout the month and so here are the numbers in the log from April 2008:
Total Workouts - 46 including
17 cycle sessions
14 run sessions
15 swim sessions
Total Time - 64 Hours 45 Mins (16 Hours 11 Mins Weekly Average)
Cycling Time - 35 Hours 38 Mins (8hrs 54mins weekly average)
Running Time - 13 Hours 22 Mins (3hrs 20mins weekly average)
Swimming Time - 15 Hours 41 Mins (3hrs 55mins weekly average)
Total Mileage - 844.9 Miles
Cycling Mileage - 693.72 Miles
Running Mileage - 121.38 Miles
Swimming Mileage - 29.80 Miles
As I stated April was my biggest month ever and it also included my biggest week ever at 17 hours. The weather and work cooperated for the most part and that enabled me to be consistent and get the key weekly workouts in as scheduled. A couple of work related items forced me into two rest days but nothing that couldn't rectified.
During April I had two races the Walkersville Road Race (13th overall) and the Duathlon Nationals (16th overall and 5th Age group, and qualification for the World's in Rimini in Sept....unfortunately it clashes with Chesapeake Man so it will be arrivederci to the Worlds for this year).
May brings two more races and the first triathlon's of the year at Devilman and Columbia....all leading up to June 8th at Eagleman 70.3.