Well 2014 was quite a ride – ups and downs – but all in all a very good year. My 2014 triathlon training totals were: Swimming, 255,774 yards (in my SwimEx); Bike, 5,414 miles; and Run, 1,279 miles. That translates into 108 hours of swimming, 297 hours of biking and 194 hours of running for a total of 330,000 calories burned or close to 100 pounds. It really looks quite overwhelming when you put it all together, but it starts with just waking up each day and deciding to get the workouts done for that day. Most people could do the same, but it does take time to build up to the distance and it takes a ton of just-get-it-done attitude.
Last year I wanted to complete 2 Ironmans in one year, but the heartbreaking cancellation of Ironman Lake Tahoe while I was standing on the beach 5 minutes before race start cut me short. This year I hope to accomplish that goal.
It’s now 2015, and while I am off to a pretty good start, fitness comes back more slowly at 47 years old than it did when I was 40. My swim training is coming along well. Check out the picture of my new Finis swim paddles that keep my forearms and wrists straight in the water for a high elbow catch.