2013: The Year in Workouts

Since all I’ve been writing lately is year-end round-ups, why not write one more before I’m completely sick of the year and never want to think about 2013 again. And, evidently, everyone else feels the same way. Even though there’s like another day left in 2013, no one wants to read year-end wrap-ups on Jan. 1. So.

In 2013, I…

Ran: 1064 miles (plus 31 miles on the Alter-G and 5:20 worth of water running)
Biked: 1,738 miles
Swam: 121,200 yards

I raced…

That’s less than I raced last year, but more serious-like with not as much dicking around maybe. For a total training volume of: 372 hours.

That’s not much training volume. But, most of it was running, which tends to be lower volume than cycling or triathlon, so it’s more intense than it looks. My biggest month was August, same as last year, which probably has to do with the fact that the Marin Century is in August and I was trying to crash-train for triathlon in September. My lowest month was June when I did…wait for it…8 hours of training. (Though that should probably be like 11 hours if you count my disastrous mountain bike attempt in Hawaii.) The 372 also included a few weeks after both Boston and CIM where I laid around and ate cookies like it was my job.

All in all, compared to last year, this year was far more structured and less randomly just showing up to shit. Yet, I was only slightly faster? And, it still wasn’t as structured as 2014 will be (or as 2009 or 2010 or 2008 were). We’ll also be hoping that next year is faster obvs.

The real lesson is that it turns out I’m much better at triathlon than running. Just give in, you can’t fight it.

We spent a stupid amount of time traveling this year too and as best I can count I went to:

  • Kauai
  • Phoenix twice
  • Chicago
  • Boston
  • LA twice I think, maybe three times
  • North Carolina
  • Tahoe twice
  • the mountains
  • Monterey twice and Santa Cruz twice
  • plus other random places

And, because I’m all cultural and shit, I’m including the stuff I read this year. Or, rather, the books I read, because I also read a crazy large amount of stuff on the internet and in magazines. The problem is I can’t remember all the internet and magazine stuff. One of my goals for next year is to keep better track of my favorite articles of the year — probably with an app for that. I can tell you this story about running made me cry on a bus and this made me righteously angry and pretty much everything on this list was good.

The Books I Read in 2013:

  • Beautiful Creatures — Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • **Hyperbole and a Half — Allie Brosh
  • Allegiant — Veronica Roth
  • Reconstructing Amelia — Kimberly McCreight
  • Very Recent History — Choire Sicha
  • Wool — Hugh Howey
  • Heads in Beds — Jacob Tomsky
  • Under the Dome — Stephen King
  • *The Age of Miracles — Karen Walker
  • *A Visit from the Good Squad — Jennifer Egan (yeah, re-reads still count as reading)
  • Ready Player One — Ernest Cline
  • Sad Desk Salad — Jessica Grose
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette — Maria Semple
  • **Tenth of December — George Saunders
  • Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar — Kelly Oxford
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep — Phillip K. Dick
  • *The Fault in Our Stars — John Green
  • The Edge of Reason — Helen Fielding
  • *Tiny Beautiful Things — Cheryl Strayed
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary — Helen Fielding
  • *Gone Girl — Gillian Flynn
  • *Beautiful Ruins — Jess Walter
  • *Ender’s Game — Orson Scott Card (yeah, yeah, just pretend the author never said anything in the media)
  • Reached — Ally Condie
  • *Bel Canto — Ann Patchett

* means you should definitely read this
** means this was one of my most favorite books ever

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