May 24

Second Quarter Report

Time sure does fly.  It seems like just yesterday I was writing my First Quarter Report.  And here we are, already done with the 2nd (out of 6) quarterly reports.  This one covers April 25th to May 22nd.

The Numbers

Running Swimming Biking Core Totals
Number 19 16 16 3 46
Total Distance 105 miles 36,400 yards 583 miles   709
Time 14h20m 11h10m 31h18m 4h30m 61h19m
Average Pace 8:11   3:13    


High Points

Ride Around Kent County

Even though I bonked hard at the end this ride was both a huge confidence boost and a learning experience.  Not only that, but it was a very enjoyable ride around the county.  I saw parts of Kent County that I had never seen before or even knew existed.

Fast Swim Times

I had some of my best short distance swim times last week.  This was due in part to skipping my morning swim and swimming at lunch.  At lunch, I swim next to a former collegiate swimmer who pushes me like no other.  Her maiden name is Otter (no joke) and I swear she must be part otter.  In one day, I swam both my fastest 200yd and 400yd intervals with her by my side as a push.

Low Points

Being Sick

Not much I could do about this, but I am glad that it is over.  I am hoping that this was the one sickness I’ll have to deal with during my training.  On the positive side, I was never really sick enough to miss any training. I had one day that was miserable and I cut back a bit, but other than that it was just a nuisance.

What Is Working


I have been having an absolute blast on the bike this season.  I’ll take any excuse to go out for a ride.  This is evidenced by the fact that compared to this time last year, I have already recorded nearly 1,000 more miles.  Even compared to last quarter, I was on the bike for 11 more hours and 200 more miles than last quarter.

What Isn’t Working

Core Workouts

I have been more lax on getting my yoga and core workouts in.  I can make excuses like lack of time or having other things going during the Thursday yoga for runners at Gazelle Sports, but they are just that – excuses.  I got back into the swing of things and did my P90X yoga today.  I was actually lucky enough to do it outside on the deck which made it very enjoyable.  Jennie also got us signed up for a weekly outdoor yoga series through the rec department for this summer.  Not quite sure when it starts, but it will be a good way to keep my honest.

Going Easy During Recovery

Yes, I realize this sounds like a cop out. Like Michael Scott saying his weaknesses are, “I work too hard. I care too much. And sometimes I can be too invested in my job.”  Last week was supposed to be a recovery week.  And what did I do? I skipped my day off on Tuesday (that I normally do yoga on) and went for a 2 hour group bike ride.  And then we all know what happen on Saturday.  That wasn’t on the schedule.  I was supposed to a 1 hour/30 minute brick.  Not 8+ hours on the bike.  I don’t regret any of it, but I know that I can’t continue to “skip” my recovery weeks like that.


Nothing really of interest with diet changes positive or negative.  I am still trying to watch my portion sizes and continuing to eat healthy.  Normally, when we would by lunchmeat at the deli counter, I would pick ham, turkey, and salami and then end up eating lunchmeat sandwiches all week.  Now, we just get turkey and have turkey and cheese sandwiches to keep it healthier.  My other favorite lunch is chicken salad.  Super easy to make ahead of time and delicious.  I did break down and have a pop during the Ride Around Kent County.  I justified it as a way to test how my body handled it during a ride because they will have flat pop available at the aid stations in IMWI.  It really didn’t taste good in the middle of a ride, but it did the trick and got me the sugar I needed quickly.

What Is Coming Up

100 Miles of Nowhere

After talking with the crew today (Mandy, Jeff, KC, and BDD) it looks like this weekend is going to be our virtual, long distance 100 Miles of Nowhere ride.  I have a 3:45 bike ride on the schedule already and what is another couple hours to round out the ride at 112 miles?  I figure that I might as well get used to riding a 112.  I will be shooting to get my ride in on Saturday morning but I’ll play it based on the weather as the weekend gets closer.

Grand Rapids Triathlon

The following weekend, June 5th, is the Grand Rapids Triathlon.  This will be my first tri of the season and I am looking forward to it. I am really hoping to get an open water swim in before the race, but time is quickly running out.  I’m hoping to put together my game plan for the race early next week, but for the most part, it is going to be a training day.

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  1. Matt Smith

    You are KILLING IT on the bike! That’s some crazy mileage. Plus, all the other stuff is awesome too. I like how you keep track of all the work and recap it for us. It motivates me a lot. Keep up the good work, and good luck at your the Grand Rapids Triathlon!
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  2. Joel

    Great recap, and good workouts! I really like the idea of doing a post-mortem of your training – so much so, in fact, that I may steal the idea!
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  3. Matt Oravec

    Great job man. Numbers are impressive!

    I am finding very fast… life is totally in the way and work is just cramping my workouts.

    I can’t fit yoga in. I am either too tired or too weak to do it. I need to get that back in my regime.


  4. Lisa

    nice way to recap your training.
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  5. Scott

    I need to win the lottery, so I can train properly, work is getting in my way as well

    nice second quarter

    I hope it doesnt rain, I dont (more correctly I wont) want to do 100 miles on the trainer.

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I think we all need (or would at least like) to win the lottery. I can’t imagine doing this all with a regular 9-5 job.

      I’m with you. I won’t do 100 miles in the rain or on the trainer either.

  6. Jon

    Great recap Kevin! Stay as consistent as you have been and I am not sure IMWI is gonna be enough for ya!
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  7. lindsay

    aren’t there only 4 quarters in 1 whole? and people say SC is the dumbest state… 😉

    i bust your chops a lot. i hope you know i am 99% of the time kidding. if i didn’t think you were a cool guy i wouldn’t leave such busting-chop comments all the time…

    as for the yoga – did you not see my scientific post? just buy some beers for you and jennie.

    the numbers look good! ‘cept for that core one. but i certainly can’t talk trash there.

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      You mean you were joking all those times? So, I cried myself to sleep for nothing??!? haha

      SC is not the dumbest state – TX takes the cake in the category any day.

      Yes, I saw you yoga post. A co-worker actually sent that around not too long ago as well, so way to not be original :-P. I think my yoga is probably a bit more beneficial.

      And, after your Green Bay “training” you aren’t allowed ANY trash talk. Period. 🙂

  8. Jessie

    I can NOT WAIT to start doing my Nike Training Camp w/os outside! I would say you are anything BUT a slacker! But I know how it feels to have expectations and not live up to them. Next week in another week and you will do it and youll feel better!

  9. lindsay


    and yeah that’s where i got it from. it’s still funny duh.
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  10. Jeff

    I agree with lindsay’s first sentence completely.

    Keep killing the bike man. That will pay you back like you never expected.

    Great numbers!

  11. Derek


    UR totally on it
    ur doing great

    LOL@ the the Michael Scott reference! haha
    and no worries about anything you think you are seemingly not putting together – planty of time!


  12. Colleen

    Dude… you’re killing it! IM-MOO is going to be a cake walk for you! 🙂

  13. Mandy

    SWEET Workouts!! You are doing freaking awesome, IMOO has nothing on you!! I have to do this report card for myself!
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