Last Christmas (I gave you my heart…)… sorry, couldn’t resist, especially after the year I’ve had!
Let me start again.
Last Christmas, I got a free glittery notebook from Cath Kidston with an order. Being a
former teacher, I love a good notebook and unhealthy amounts of stationary. I had itchy feet to write in it – but what? I left it to the side until one day, I decided that I was going to keep a physical, rather than just digital record, of my training year.
Inside it was entitled; ‘Rach’s Compendium 2018’.
In it contains a review of 2017 in terms of distance and time for swim, bike, run and yoga, as well as a record of races, body statistics (yes – weight and measurements of all sorts body related – big drop in the summer), books read, goals (I achieved none of them!) and a monthly overview. In the monthly overview, I noted anything in particular the stuck out training wise, note on injuries, who I rode with, sportives – anything that took my fancy. I managed to keep it up – although at the back end of the year this has trailed off a little bit. Its a bit like a training diary but looking backwards rather than looking at what I have planned.
I want to carry this on, so I have a new compendium for this year – it is still glittery but slightly bigger. I will be using this alongside trainxhale.com and Endomondo (as well as Strava – but I don’t use Strava quite as religiously).
So what are the final results for 2018? Has it been a good year training wise?
It has certainly been an interesting one.
When I look at my stats – overall, 2018 has been a good year training wise. The stats are also a good representation of what has gone on in my life. In particular, my swimming stats. I have struggled over the last 18 months to get to the bottom of my swimming injury and resulting tightness. Swimming has also helped me meditate/switch off and help me recover from a horrible break up, my endurance is just about back, I just need to work on my speed). Cycling too – being dragged out to Time Trials in the aftermath of the break up brought on my cycling no end – in fact, if anything, the break up has massively contributed to me becoming more focused on me, my training, and doing what I want to do.
So distance wise – what have I done?
Cycling – (including turbo kms too) 2468.25km
Swimming – 160km
Running – (including treadmill) – 438.85km (considerably less than last year)
Total time across ALL activities – 14 days, 20 hours and 18 minutes – give or take.
When I reflect back on this, I am very conscious that a lot of this has lacked focus, so yes I have put the hours in and I have made a lot improvements (especially in terms of cycling), but I think I can do better.
I have done so much in the last six months because it has been all about me and doing what I love. I’ve probably pushed myself harder too. Reflecting on the year is rather good, as I know that with a focused training plan and getting in some decent base training, I stand a good chance of making some good improvements next year. I need/want to mix up my training, as doing the same thing won’t help me get better. I need more sessions where I push myself out of my comfort zone, but equally I need more sessions at lower intensity. Put basically – I need to keep mixing it up.
I am not sure what my biggest achievement sporting wise has been this year – but the two things I am most proud of I think involve my swimming come back and my new love of Time Trials and desire to improve and get better.
Targets and Goals for 2019
I do this every year and rarely meet any of them – or give up the ghost a bit but… if I write them here, in 12 months time, hopefully I will be able to tick them off!
- Swim more than 160km
- Get my CSS down to 1:55/100m or less.
- Sub 30 minute 10 mile TT (I was VERY close this year)
- Improve my average speed on the bike.
- Cycle at least 2000 miles, if not more.
- Run 1000km.
- Run a sub 28 min 5km
- Run a sub hour 10km
- Learn to look after my bikes better!
- Enter a CX race
2018 has been a rollercoaster year – roll on 2019 and the start of something truly epic!