But this wasn't about those numbers, it was about my training numbers and particularly, ad nausea, how them compare to previous years. Forgive me please, and remember that it is taper time and my mind needs to keep itself
Below is a pretty cool tool that I've been using as well (for those of you that like to look at pictures rather than numbers). It shows your training load based on heart rate, exercise time, pace, etc. This shows all five weeks that I've worn the watch, the big spikes into the red zone are my long runs and the smaller spikes are daily workouts and the recovery curve is behind them. You can see the big "slide" last week when I took five days off from running. I've done a good job over these past two weeks of staying out of the red zone, tapering and letting my body recover.
- I've run 740 miles
- My average pace is 7:06 min/mile
- I've ridden (outside) 430 miles
- I've spent 24 hours on my bike in the basement on the trainer
Sitting here right now, I don't have the feeling that I'm going to crush the race on Monday, but this chart in encouraging. I've put in some decent training, on average an hour less per week than I did in my PR year of 2010. I'm somewhere in the middle of my bike / run averages over the year, not the highest but not the lowest either. It has helped me stay injury free. I've also spend less time at real high intensity and focused on "floating" around goal pace. We'll see how it plays out in just a few days!
And just a couple more numbers for you, the weather is looking great as of now. It is predicted to be mid 40's at the start and mid 50's at the finish. I'm not sure where the numbers on the clock will fall on Monday, but I will have no regrets as I cross that finish line!