"So long 2011, don't let the door hit ya in the rear on the way out..." - My Sister, as posted to FB.
I'll get this out of the way quickly: as far as triathlon is concerned, 2011 sucked. Even though I crashed in 2010 it was still better than 2011. This year I only finished 1 race. Ugg. What made up for that? CYCLE OREGON 2011. Read on if you dare...
Number of rides: 125
Miles biked: 1690.30 (nearly 500 was on Cycle Oregon)
Elevation gained: 108,485'
Total Saddle Time: 138:08:35 (hh:mm:ss)
Number of runs: 24
Elevation gained: 8,274'
Total Run Time: 17:31:48 (hh:mm:ss)
Starting weight: 284.4
Ending weight: 288.4 (net change: +4.0 pounds)
Overview: (see the race reports for details)
"Be a man! Take some Pepto Bismol and ________!" (Fill in the blank with every event I missed last year)
No more excuses. This year was lame. Next year will be better.
At the Beaver Lake Tri I learned that my bike training was terrible. I did PR on the swim but came no where close on my bike/run goals.
On the Tour de Blast I learned that the best weather preparation in the world only works if you actually bring your bad weather clothing on the ride. I won't be making that mistake again. Otherwise it would have been an EPIC bad-weather ride.
Cycle Oregon 2011 once again proved that my bike training this year was poor but that is the only thing bad I have to say about that ride. It was amazing in almost every way. I am waiting with baited-breath for the 2012 kick-off Party where I will finally decide whether or not I'm going to kill myself to get there in 2012.
- I need to find a new way to deal with illnesses and still train. More to come...
- Focus earlier in the year on distance running and cardio volume.
- My best and more consistent results are still from bike commuting, which I try to do 3-5x per week during the spring/summer and early fall months.