2012: The Year in Workouts

Since it’s the end of the year and I love random stats and bullet-ed lists, and it seems like the thing to do, here is my year in workouts (through today):

In 2012, I…

Ran: 1,197 miles
Biked: 1,440 miles
Swam: 75,400 yards (none of which have been since Sept. 30)

I raced:

Things I ruled out as ‘my sport:’

  • XTERRA
  • open water swimming

For a total training volume of: 318 hours. That’s more than 100 hours less than I’ve put in any year since 2007 or so, but actually more races than any of those years probably, since I wasn’t focused and peaking performance and shit. It’s interesting that lots of my results were about the same and some were better (and some would have been worse, if I had raced a half-Ironman this year).

The most I trained was in August, when I actually cracked 40 hours for the month — though that included the shitshow of me trying to finish the Marin Century in time to make it to a wedding. The least I trained (not counting October, when I think racing the Chicago Marathon was actually most of my total monthly volume) was last January, when I counted Tough Mudder as a long run. Hah.

You know it’s not a triathlon year when running mileage nearly equals biking mileage.

And, to show I’m multi-layered and stuff, this is also the list of books I’ve read this year, though it’s not a complete list because I only started keeping track in June and I couldn’t remember everything from earlier. And yes, I read a lot of teen dystopian future novels.

Books I read in 2012:

  • Life of Pi — Yann Martel
  • *A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again — David Foster Wallace (best thing I’ve read. ever.)
  • Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail — Cheryl Strayed
  • Next — Michael Crichton
  • This is How You Lose Her — Junot Diaz
  • *The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France — Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle
  • While Mortals Sleep — Kurt Vonnegut
  • *Behind the Beautiful Forevers — Katherine Boo
  • The Oracle of Stamboul — Michael David Lukas
  • Shadow of Night — Deborah Harkness
  • *The Art of Fielding — Chad Harbach
  • Off Balance: A Memoir — Dominique Moceanu
  • A Game of Thrones — George R.R. Martin
  • The Maze Runner — James Dashner
  • Insurgent — Veronica Roth
  • Divergent — Veronica Roth
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother — Amy Chua
  • Pirate Latitudes — Michael Crichton
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? — Mindy Kaling
  • Bond Girl — Erin Duffy
  • The Girl Who Played Go — Shan Sa
  • A Question of Attraction — David Nicholls
  • *The Tiger’s Wife — Tea Obrecht
  • Swamplandia! — Karen Russell

*means you should definitely read this

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