checking in on: April Goals

April is not going to go down as my favorite month of the year.  Too much heartbreak, too many missed workouts, and not nearly enough good times to balance it out.  Even so, time marches on, a new month has started, and the time has come to see where things stand for my yearly and monthly goal.  I spent a good portion of April distracted, so I’m writing this in the unusual position of not actually knowing where I stand.  Let’s find out together!

Swim:

  • 91,700 out of 325,000 total yards

  • 2300 out of 3000 yard workouts

  • Average sub 2:00/100yd in races

  • Get a 1:35/100yd set in a workout (best on 2/21/2016 = 1:41.4)

I missed several swim workouts last month, but I believe I’ll still be able to make my yearly yardage goal.  I put together some more challenging workouts of 2300 yards, which is a two prong victory.  For one, I felt in March like my workouts weren’t hard enough, and I chose my April workouts more thoughtfully.  Second, the extra hundreds yards I’m adding in each month are part of my plan to work towards 3000 yard workouts by the end of the year.  That’s where the victories end, I’m afraid.  Once again I made no progress on my training pace goals.  Part of me is wondering if the longer workouts are too taxing, that maybe if I went back to doing 1800 or 2000 yards, I’d have more in the tank and could swim faster.  I’ve also wondered if perhaps my stroke has developed some bad habits.  It has been several months since my class, so it is certainly possibly that I’ve trained my way into some bad form issues.  I just don’t know.

Bike:

  • 20.92 out of 300 miles on Peggy the City Bike

  • 71.23 out of 500 outdoor miles on Sadly Unnamed Road Bike

  • Road Bike Skill work - one handed (in progress), drinking from water bottle, easy mounting/dismounting (in progress)

I felt like April was a good month for cycling.  No, I didn’t get to the Farmer’s Market at all, so poor Peggy hasn’t moved from her spot.  I think it is safe to say that my 300 mile goal isn’t going to happen.  Something interesting has happened, though.  A month without riding the city bike, and I really miss it.  Who would have thought?  I admit that most of my effort has been on my road bike.  My weekend rides topped out at over 18 miles, and my average speed is creeping up, as well.  All good things.  The skill work is a work in progress, and I should have made more of an effort.  I can ride one handed for short periods of time, but I have to really psych myself up for it, and make sure conditions are correct.  I can’t randomly wave or anything without thinking.  Starting and stopping is still not second nature, but it is easier every time.  It helps to have to stop for so many street crossings!  It would be easier if I had a bike with better standover clearance.  I came to an abrupt halt once and SLAM...lady bits into the top tube.  Ouchie!

Run:

  • 89.96 out of 385 total miles

  • Track HR for all workouts - check

  • Build up to 7 mile long run (currently 3.28)

Running continues to go well.  I had a few days at the tail end of April where I was having some foot and ankle discomfort, but it subsided pretty quickly.  I do feel a bit sore in the evenings after my long runs, but I think that may have more to do with coming home and plopping down on the couch for hours after.  Perhaps if I did my long runs on Thursdays in the morning, then I’d have the rest of the day to get up and move around to keep things from tightening up?  Worth giving a try, right?

My April goals were to have a sub 1:41/100yd set and a sub 0:47/50yd set for swimming, three sessions of bike drills, and build my long run to 3.25 miles.  Swimming was a failure for the second month in a row.  I only got one session of bike drills in, but brought home a 3.28 mile long run.  Looking at it that way, April seems a bit of a wash.  I had wanted to get in one foam rolling session a week, and got zero for the entire month.  Like I said at the top of the post, April was a bad month.  I had high hopes, but life got in the way and my focus drifted.

So here we go.  May.  In fact, the Reston Sprint Triathlon is in exactly one month.  I’m going to make these last few weeks good ones.  May goals:  For swimming, it seems silly to repeat for a third time, but I’m not really sure what else to do.  Third time’s the charm, I suppose.  Sub 1:41/100yd set and sub 0:47/50yd set.  For cycling, I want to focus on improving my handling skills.  I will set my watch to beep every ten minutes, and I will attempt to drink each time it beeps.  This can start out small, like just reaching down and touching the bottle, but hopefully the large number of times I’ll get to practice this means that I’ll be drinking water on the move by the end of the month.  Running I have my sights set on a 4 mile long run.  Totally achievable!