January 1, 2009

The End of 2008

2008 was one of the most successful years I've had for racing. I competed in running (5K to ultra-marathon), cycling (road, crit, time trial, cyclocross), swimming (50-1000 yard), triathlon (sprint & olympic), and duathlon races. I set new PRs (personal records) in 5K time, ultra-marathon time and distance, olympic distance triathlon time, 40 KM cycling time trial time, 1000 yard swim time, and yearly cycling distance.

In case you missed them, here were a few of the highlights:


This was the worst December weather I've seen in 30 years living in Illinois. Everything (streets, sidewalks, & grass) was continuously covered in ice for several weeks.

Icy streets

As a result I only did one recreational bike ride in December and fell short of my best case scenario year end cycling goals for 2008: 6,000 miles total & 366 separate rides (2008 was a leap year). For the purpose of my records, separate rides are two consecutive rides on different days, on different bikes, or wearing different clothes. This means I count riding to work in the morning and home from work in the evening as one single ride. I probably would have been closer to 600 or 700 separate rides using a different standard.

Despite not making my best case scenario goals, I'm still quite pleased with these numbers. 5,838 miles is much higher than my previous highest yearly total of around 4,600 miles.

Cycling: December 2008 by Bike

BikeDistance# RidesAvg per Ride
Big Red4.2 Mile14.2 Mile
El Fuego73.2 Mile135.63077 Mile
Pocket Rocket13.7 Mile34.56667 Mile
Thundercougarfalconbird16.43 Mile116.43 Mile
Total107.53 Mile185.97389 Mile

Cycling: 2008 by Bike

BikeDistance# RidesAvg per Ride
Bianchi682.99 Mile1096.26596 Mile
Big Red299.04 Mile2213.5927 Mile
Dahon164.63 Mile295.6769 Mile
El Fuego121.6 Mile167.6 Mile
Litespeed334.465 Mile1325.7281 Mile
Pocket Rocket1051.23 Mile6416.4255 Mile
Thundercougarfalconbird3184.03 Mile8935.7756 Mile
Total5837.99 Mile34217.0701 Mile

Cycling: 2008 by Month

MonthDistance# RidesAvg per Ride
January136.72 Mile216.51048 Mile
February340.15 Mile2911.7293 Mile
March590.33 Mile2920.3562 Mile
April597.9 Mile2920.6172 Mile
May665.06 Mile3618.4739 Mile
June785.95 Mile3125.3532 Mile
July774.115 Mile3621.5032 Mile
August715.01 Mile2627.5004 Mile
September591.615 Mile3616.4337 Mile
October328.34 Mile3110.5916 Mile
November205.27 Mile2010.2635 Mile
December107.53 Mile185.97389 Mile
Total5837.99 Mile34217.0701 Mile

In early December I ran the Tecumseh marathon, which was my big goal for the end of the year. Then I eased up a bit on the running in order to recover.

Running: 2008 by Month

MonthDistance# WorkoutsAvg per Workout
January90.18 Mile811.2725 Mile
February23.35 Mile45.8375 Mile
March53.6469 Mile95.96076 Mile
April49.3 Mile86.1625 Mile
May28.3569 Mile74.05098 Mile
June21.25 Mile45.3125 Mile
July47.7537 Mile85.96921 Mile
August29.24 Mile47.31 Mile
September43.0637 Mile85.38296 Mile
October97.91 Mile910.8789 Mile
November94.17 Mile109.417 Mile
December77.49 Mile98.61 Mile
Total655.711 Mile887.45126 Mile

I did very little swimming in December. I will probably not do a whole lot in January either, given the restricted pool hours on campus during winter break.

Swimming: 2008 by Month

MonthDistance# WorkoutsAvg per Workout
April1.55448 Kilo Meter20.77724 Kilo Meter
June4.1148 Kilo Meter50.82296 Kilo Meter
July11.5446 Kilo Meter101.15446 Kilo Meter
August11.2774 Kilo Meter81.40968 Kilo Meter
September18.9329 Kilo Meter131.45638 Kilo Meter
October16.7335 Kilo Meter62.78892 Kilo Meter
November12.8016 Kilo Meter52.56032 Kilo Meter
December6.4008 Kilo Meter41.6002 Kilo Meter
Total83.3602 Kilo Meter531.57283 Kilo Meter


Melissa said...

SL would say you need to be consistent with the number of significant digits you show in your output.

366 separate rides would mean that whoever does your laundry would have had to have dropped out of grad school just to stay on top of things.

Nicely done. Don't sweat your best case scenario goal. I'd say it's close enough.

Anonymous said...

You look like a champion to me!