Jan 01

2011 Wrap Up

Well, 2011 is in the books, so I guess that means it is time for the annual goals wrap up post.

First things first.  Jennie and I wrapped up 2011 in a pretty casual manor.  We did the annual Resolution Run and then laid low for the rest of the day relaxing and sharing a bottle of bubbly as the ball fell. 


We both had great races and scored PRs to wrap up the season (read Jennie’s race report here).  My methodology for running a 4 mile race is to go out at 5k pace and then just hang on for dear life.  I ended up with a 24:47 (6:12 pace) which is over a minute faster than last year.  It earned me 38th overall and 4th in my age group.  The weather was absolutely perfect (40*F) and I ran in shorts in a short sleeve shirt.  On New Years Eve. In Michigan. Ridiculous.  I completely cooked my legs and it sort of ruined my long run on Sunday, but on a positive note, a 24:47 4 mile race calculates to a 3:04:43 marathon.  That puts me right were I need to be to BQ!

The first and only time Bailey has been allowed on the couch. 
He seemed worried that he was going to get yelled at.


Goals Revisited

Alright, onto the goals review. I originally posted my goals back in January

Finish Ironman Wisconsin – This was more of a pass/fail goal more than anything.  A season of training culminated in one of my most memorable races ever.  The entire weekend was a blast and I am proud to call myself an Ironman (and wear my finishers jacket at any chance I get)

PR Half Ironman Distance – A Not only did I PR, but I managed to go sub-5 hours at the Grand Rapids Triathlon.

One Race Every Month – B+ And not for lack of trying.  For some reason July was a really difficult month for us to find a race.  The one race we had in mind was on July 30th and ended up being cancelled.  I did do a bike tour in July though.  Does that count?

Complete All Swim Workouts for Triathletes workouts – C I ended up doing most of the workouts.  Ok, I did 50/66 (75% of them).  The ones I didn’t do were mainly because I didn’t feel like doing them.  They usually involved lots of 75 yd intervals (my least favorite interval distance).  I’m happy with the C as the main reason for this goal was to add some variety to my workouts rather than falling into a rut.

Keep Up My Strength Training – C  I sort of have good and bad weeks with this.  I was on a pushup/crunch/pullup kick for a week but feel off the bandwagon after 4 solid weeks.  I did some P90X workouts here and there but nothing consistent.  I honestly don’t know what it will take to keep up the strength work at this point.

Run a sub-19 5k – A I sort of can’t believe this one happened.  I didn’t think it would happen, but I managed to pull it out in my last 5k of the season back in August with an 18:56.

Under 2 Hours at the River Bank Run – A- I managed to keep it under 2 hours, but I bonked hard at the end and didn’t manage a PR.

Bike over 6,000 miles, Run over 1,500 miles, and Swim over 200 miles – B+ I managed to meet 2 of the 3 goals with 1,570 miles running (249 runs) and 235 miles swimming (164 swims).  However, I fell short on the biking with only 5,243 miles (165 bike rides) which is still 1,400 miles more than 2010 so I’ll take it.  I am most happy with meeting my goal of the running mileage.  After my broken toe setback in February, it was looking like I would fall short of 1500 miles in early November.  I amped it up though and logged 40+ miles 8 out of the last 9 weeks of the year with 3, 50 miles weeks.

Hit 1:20 for 100 yds – B I realized halfway through the year that this was a somewhat unrealistic goal.  While I did hit 1:20 for quite a few 100 yard intervals during the season (and even clocked a 1:18 once), I need to focus more on bringing down my /100 yd speed over the long course rather than simply swimming faster intervals.  Sure, I suppose they are linked to some degree, but worrying about my 100yd interval speed shouldn’t be the focus.

Overall, I am happy with my accomplishments in 2011 and am looking forward to 2012.

How did your 2011 wrap up??

And just for a teaser, stay tuned for a review of the new LED running vests that both Bailey and I got.


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  1. Morgan

    You rocked 2011 better than anyone I know, all your swim workouts or not. 🙂 Cheers to 2012 buddy!
    Morgan recently posted..2011 Recap / 2012 Goals

  2. dawit

    You did very good in ’11. I skipped lots more workouts.
    “Bike over 6,000 miles, Run over 1,500 miles, and Swim over 200 miles” nice!

    btw. can you share your plan or what your swimming workouts look like? I’m looking to build a new swim plan for 2012 and looking for suggestions/inspirations.

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I’m going to be posting about my upcoming training plan in the next week or two as soon as I finalize it. I’m pretty much doing the same things as 2011 though. For IMWI, I use Matt Fitzgerald’s book (http://www.amazon.com/Triathlete-Magazines-Essential-Week–Training/dp/0446696765/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325550136&sr=8-1) and followed the Level 7 plan. I’m altering the plan a bit but I was really happy with his training plans. For swim workouts, I either used the workouts Matt prescribed or the Workouts in a Binder book (http://www.amazon.com/Workouts-Binder-Swimmers-Triathletes-Coaches/dp/1931382743/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325550251&sr=1-1) for change.

  3. kc

    i see an overall grade of passing with flying colors! nice work cranking out that 4 miler. i think that is a sign for how your 2012 is going to shake out! i’ll trade you some of my bike miles for some of your swimming miles. looking forward to following your 2012 races and can’t wait to hear about the new lit up vests. i would definitely consider something like that for my night rides as i only have the front white blinky light and the rear flashing red. more light is better when it comes to riding or running at night.

  4. Mandy

    Those vests are awesome!

    I have a picture of me on the couch with Porter, the only time he let me on the couch! Haha

    May 2012 be you best ever!
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  5. Randy

    Hi Kevin! Good seeing you out there for the Resolution Run and congratulations on the great race! It was a PR for me, too. Nice that the road conditions were good enough to make it a race around Reeds Lake and not just an out and back. Here’s to more fast races in 2012!

  6. Jeff

    Great race to end the year- excellent pace!

    You had an amazing year Kevin!

    Dude, you were not kidding about that vest being bright! Wow!
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  7. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    You had such an awesome year!! Congrats on meeting your goals!
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  8. lindsay

    your report card is like the reverse of mine. bailey with the product reviews! can’t wait to hear his point of view. happy new year!
    lindsay recently posted..goodbye 2011

  9. Matt Smith

    Those vests are SO bright! Drivers will be flashing their lights at you to turn off your brights!

    Nice work on all your goals. That is some serious hard work that made for a terrific year of goodness. Way to go on the 4 mile PR. It looks like Boston is pretty realistic for sure!

    I hope you and Jennie are enjoying the snow up there in GR. It’s pretty nasty down here.

    Oh yeah…I loved the RRR shirt you were wearing in that pic. Good times!
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      If a driver flashes me with their lights at least it means that they see me and (hopefully) won’t run me over.

      I heard it is much worse south of hear. We only got about 2-3 inches and it hasn’t snowed at all since yesterday. Enjoy your last Michigan snow!

  10. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

    Nice year with nice numbers. It was terribly fun to watch you prep for IMWI and will be just the same as you go through training for IMMT.

    When is MiTi again? I want to do Leadman 250 in 2013 if possible and have those be the two focuses of the year for me. Thanks.
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      MiTi is August 26th this year so I am guessing it will be the same weekend in 2013.

      They have course maps up now: http://www.mititanium.com/maps.php. They ended up going with the lots of short rollers run course rather than a few lllloooonnngggg hills mainly because one of the long hills would have been from mile 19 to 21 which just seemed cruel.

  11. Colleen

    Bailey does look kind of like “um, guys, I’m not allowed up here and now you want me up here and I’m confused”. 🙂

    What a year Kevin! It was so fun to get to know you better and watch you transform as an athlete. I think 2012 is going to be amazing for you!!!

  12. katie

    you know, you did pretty awesome this year! keep on…
    katie recently posted..December recap: this is not a 2011 recap post

  13. Beth

    Definitely an “A” year! Congrats on meeting so many of your goals. Happy new year!
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