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!
Alright, onto the goals review. I originally posted my goals back in January.
Finish Ironman Wisconsin – A 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.