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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My 2014 in charts

As you may have known, 2014 was the year where I did my two main triathlon events which were the Ironman Putrajaya 70.3 in April, and the Ironman Langkawi in September. Not really sure if I would venture again into doing Ironman after this, I would like to put up this post to commemorate my training history which was not spared without drama (i'll keep them to myself - for now). While this may not mean anything much to you all, they are part of my big achievements (so far).

Dailymile.com, being the place where I record all my training stuffs, has just produced the annual report. Looking at it, it brought back some memories of stories and struggles through out the year. I regret a bit for not actively blogged about my training as it went (well.. some say FB has partially killed blogging, not sure if that's politically true). So, here are some snapshots..

The overall view. July was the Ramadhan (fasting) month so I cut down lots of training.
Ironman 70.3 was in April, and the full Ironman Langkawi was in September.
Swimming: The least I trained among all disciplines. Since my aim was just to finish the swimming leg during races, I didn't spend much time in enhancing my speed. Most of the (last minute) training was to develop my endurance.

Cycling: Being the longest discipline in triathlon, I had no choice but to buck up on the saddle-time. I can't express how much grateful I am for being introduced to a very healthy cycling group, else I won't be able to get all these high mileages riding during the weekends.
My preparation pre-April was really pathetic, hence during the 70.3 race I almost gave up when cycling.
However, I managed to get back some confidence for Langkawi race - thanks to the many hill climbing rides like Ulu Yam, Fraser Hill, Genting Sempah etc. 

Running: Last but not least, my love-hate kinda workout. Looking back, it was pretty consistent month after month. The distinctive drop in May was due to a major 'almost-breakdown' post-70.3-race drama. Time was running out, so I picked up myself to do more high mileage long runs on Sundays.
Glad to know the struggle and pain I had during training paid back very well during my running leg at Ironman Langkawi race.

As I said, these are just the numbers. The statistics. And I'm far from being at the top of the leaderboard listing, as some of my triathlete friends were clocking almost double my distance especially on cycling. Imagine how their annual reports would look like (i'll be stalking them on FB for sure).

Good bye, 2014.
You've been awesome.

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