2022 Training Review
December, 31, 2022
With the COVID-19 pandemic finally put in our rear view mirror, this blog entry is a look back on my 2022 triathlon season.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR
In 2022, I realized a life time goal of completing IRONMAN Canada ‐ Penticton; a back-of-mind dream that I harboured since the mid-nineties!
A whole host of events happened over the past few years that made this dream come true. Noteably, meeting Elliot Bassett in 2019 certainly was a catalyst. The City of Penticton re-licensing the event after an almost decade hiatus being another.
I completed my first full distance race in 2021 (Italy), but it was this year's IRONMAN Victoria 70.3 at the end of May, that cemented the confidence needed to complete the Penticton course in August.
Here is how I got there...
455 HOURS OF SWIM, BIKE, RUN
A similar amount of training hours last year compared to 452 hours logged in 2021.
Swim volume was up in 2022. Not in the Gorge and a lot less time in Elk Lake (algae, gross) but more time in Shawnigan Lake made for a good open-water season.
Swim Distance: 279.5 km Time: 91.6 hrs
I rode The Malahat less in 2022 but made up for it by riding the Great Trail with my mountain bike. The majority of my road mileage was done on my TT Bike.
Bike Distance: 5,575 km Time: 252.3 hrs
Since replacing (upgrading) my running hobby for triathlon, a trend of reduced annual running volume has (naturally) occured.
In 2022, that trend continued. Only so many hours in a day.
I was running well through the spring, setting an all-time 10K PR of 46:38 in April.
A broken pinkie toe heading into June certainly derailled that momentum.
Run Distance: 1,086.9 km Time: 111.5 hrs
(does not include 16 hours walking with a broken toe)
2022 Training Hours - Monday to Sunday
Based on Garmin's data set for M50-54...
AVERAGE SWIM PACE
Inline with what I see at the pool, there are the "fast kids" and everyone else. Within the "everyone else" cohort, I am a bit quicker than most.
AVERAGE RUN PACE
Nothing has changed with this chart since I first saw an example of it 4 years ago.
In the triathlons that I've entered, there has been a common theme; get out of the water in good shape only to watch a cyclists whiz past me for the next hours.
This past fall, I purchase a used, direct-drive trainer to have a bit of variety for this winter training season. That adds another metric to confuse and already over-measured hobby.
WATTS UP WITH THAT?
The above shows how much power I've ridden at so far compared with other Garmin users in my age cohort.
Thankfully I have a great coach that talked me off the ledge after I looked at this graph.
GOALS FOR 2023
I put Challenge Roth on the 2023 calendar; that will be my "A" race for the year. I am also signed up for the Victoria 70.3 as well.
During the lead up to previous races, I have been able to find a consistant training groove but after the race, I have taken time off.
I hope to correct that this year and take advantage of the fitness bump from the race.
Before we get to the triathlons, there is a wedding in our future.
May 21st. This is happening! ❤
And once again, I fell into the trap of marketing and purchased a new TT frame. Building another bike will be fun but I have a goal of selling/purging some of the extra gear that has started to accumulate.