Tuesday, September 1, 2009

525,600 Minutes

"525,600 minutes,
525,000 moments so dear.
525,600 minutes - how do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee.
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.
In 525,600 minutes - how do you measure a year in the life?"
- "Seasons of Love" from Rent

A year ago today I started on this triathlon journey seriously. Before that, while I competed in a variety of events and thought I was focused properly , my goal was simply to finish whichever event was next on the agenda. On some level with those goals, I was successful.

When I originally signed up for 2009's Eagleman Ironman 70.3 in Summer 2008, I had a change of mind or perhaps an evolution of my mindset. I no longer wanted to simply finish but I wanted to do well. Of course, defining "well" was ambiguous at best but it was a goal none the less.

I mark September 1, 2008 as the tipping point in this journey as it was the day I signed on to start trying to listen to the sage advice offered by BikeMike. At that point, I couldn't run since I was injured but no one could really tell since I normally ran very slowly. My biking endurance was OK but I didn't have a lot of speed. My swimming was best described as poor and was poor only with the aid of a wetsuit or pull buoy.

MrsRockstar oftens says that I sometime have "patience" issues but every once in a while I like to take a look backwards to see if the plan is working or not and to revise if necessary. Anniversaries are a good time to do this and I found that I set a PR at every distance I raced. Specifically I found these PR changes from last year:
  • My 5K PR was 35:41 and is now 29:57 - 16% improvement
  • My 4mile PR was 44:48 and now is 42:34 - 5% improvement
  • My 8k/5m PR was 58:33 and now is 55:30 - 5% improvement
  • My 10k PR was 1:14:10 and now is 1:08:16 - 8% improvement
  • My Half Marathon PR was 2:53:58 and now is 2:31:11 - 13% improvement
  • My Oly tri bike split PR was 1:28:53 and now is 1:16:56 - 13% improvement
  • My Oly tri run split PR was 1:29:01 and now is 1:13:44 - 17% improvement
  • I'm sure my Oly tri overall would have been better too but the only race at that distance scheduled this years had the swim cancelled. I do have high hopes for the Mighty Hamptons scheduled for 9/13.
  • I did, for the first time a 15k
  • And I finished two Ironman 70.3 races, a distance that I never competed at before.

While I'm still not up to the performance standards I've set in my mind not at the body composition that I hope for, I am making measurable and, I think, significant progress. There is some debate on this (mostly with the voices in my head) especially after my Timberman performance but over all I believe I am headed in the right direction and that more improvement is still possible.

The journey is continuing. Mighty Hamptons Olympic distance triathlon in less than two weeks.


Carolina John said...

that's some good improvement! I love rent, good quote.

it also makes you look forward to what the next year will hold, huh?

Diane said...

Hope you had lots of fun along the way too. Congrats on all your progress!