Q1 2016 Totals

Since I’ve been a slacker in posting our monthly totals, I figured I might as well just post the quarterly total, and we can from there.  Here are our distance totals thus far in 2016.

Health Club Dues:
January $1.74/visit
February $3.88/visit
March $2.43/visit

Emily Jan Feb Mar
Swim (miles) 5.8 3.6 7.2
Bike (miles) 254.8 169.2 183.7
Run (miles) 31.9 21.7 33.7
Strength (min) 146 30 49
Nick Jan Feb Mar
Swim (miles) 5.8 6.5 11.6
Bike (miles) 210.3 165.5 321.6
Run (miles) 43.3 30.3 47.3
Strength (min) 72 n/a n/a

Easter Olympic

I had a mock olympic tri on the schedule this weekend; which means that I have a rest day on Easter.  HOORAY!!!!

Easter Olympic SwimNick and I started the morning at the pool.  We initially had to share a lane, the pool was busy for an early Saturday morning.  At some point during the swim, Nick moved into another lane.  He had a swim with drills, while I had a continuous 1500 yd swim.

The swim was good.  My coach entered a completion time estimating 2:30/100 yds.  When I saw the time, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to maintain the speed, but tried to keep a consistent pace.  I can hit the pace in drills, but hadn’t done it on my longer swims.  I missed the time by 1 minute, which gave me a huge feeling of accomplishment.

Nick and I finished the swim around the same time and drove home.

Swim Time 38:34

Once home, we changed into bike gear for a ride the bike on the trainers.  I had a 90 minute bike session, focusing on power.  Nick had a 3 1/2 hour trainer ride.  The ride was fun and boring.  We listened to music, and had a few jam sessions.  At this point in the “winter” I’m ready to be able to ride outside.  With snow on the ground, an outside ride is out of the question right now.  Soon, very soon – or at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

Bike Time 1:30:02

I hurried off the bike and headed upstairs for another wardrobe change.  I had a 10k run.  I chose a difficult route, both physically and mentally.  It’s an out and back, that is mostly downhill on the way out and uphill on the way back.  Once out of my neighborhood, I can see the turnaround point the entire way out.  (Look closely in the picture on the left, in the middle in the distance, you can see the clock tower above the trees).  Easter Olympic Run

I decided to run this route because I needed a victory.  Last time I ran it, I cut my run short at 4 1/2 miles.  I knew it would be a challenge.  I trusted my training, and the mental toughness I’ve been working towards, and completed the run.  I even made it up a pretty rough climb that began just after I hit mile 5.  The last mile was my biggest elevation gain, by over double the rest of the miles, and also my fastest!

Run Time:  1:09:43

Confidence in the Pool

I had a good swim today.

My day at work did not start off so well.  As the day went on, my stress level increased.  By early afternoon, I was at wits end.  I left work and went straight to the gym.  My goal was to swim, then go home for a little while to walk the dogs, and return to the gym for my swim lesson.  My afternoon did not go as planned, it was better.

As I walked to the pool, the water was smooth.  Yes!  I had the pool all to myself.  Before getting in the water, I emailed my swim coach to see if we could meet earlier than we planned.  She didn’t respond, so I began my 1500 yd swim.

My first 200 was better than I expected.  I kept going.  I finished my first set of drills, and saw someone walk into the pool area.  It was Nick.  I completed my second set of drills, then my cool-down.  As I was taking off my swim cap and googles, another person entered the pool area.  It was my swim coach.  She happened to show up to the pool early for her 4:45 session, so we had a quick lesson before I left.

We chatted about my progress in the pool.  She watched me swim and gave me a few more items to work on.  She complimented me, saying I looked much more comfortable and confident in the water compared to when she started working with me a few months ago.  I finished with her as Nick was getting out of the pool.  Talk about perfect timing!

Even though I had a rough start to my day, it ended on a high note with a fantastic swim and positive feedback on my progress in the pool.

Weekly Activity Report 02/14/2016

I was in a meeting all week, the weather was freezing, and Nick and I both became sick at the end of the week.  Our numbers were not great, but here they are.

Weekly Activity Report ending 02/14/2016:

Emily –
53,242 Fitbit steps (daily average 7,606)
Run 4.7 miles
Bike 21.4 miles
Swim 0 yds
Strength 0 minutes

Nick –
77,034 Fitbit steps (daily average 11,005)
Run 6.2 miles
Bike 17.3 miles
Swim 0 yds
Strength 0 minutes

Weekly Activity Report 02/07/2016

The month of February has brought healthier eating.  We’ve been (loosely) following the Racing Weight concept, and made a few of Matt Fitzgerald’s recipes from his Cookbook.

We watched the Super Bowl this weekend, Nick and I were excited to see the Broncos win.

Weekly Activity Report ending 02/07/2016:

Emily –
90,553 Fitbit steps (daily average 12,936)
Run 4.4 miles
Bike 78.2 miles
Swim 3200 yds
Strength 0 minutes

Nick –
101,904 Fitbit steps (daily average 14,558)
Run 4.9 miles
Bike 77.5 miles
Swim 4000 yds
Strength 0 minutes

December 2015 Totals

I just realized I never posted our distances for the month of December.  For those who are interested, here they are.  December was a pretty light month, considering our trip to Paris and the holidays.

Health club dues in December:  $11.39/visit


Emily Jan Feb Mar April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Swim (miles)



6.8 2.8 2.2 0.6 1.4 5.1 7.9 4.7 0.9


Bike (miles)


102.4 143.4 47.4 112.1 42.4 60.8 101.2 232.2 286.0 9.1


Run (miles)


21.7 25.4 43.9 12.6 9.8 23.5 31.7 55.1 40.8 8.2


Strength (min)


109 183 57 22 0 0 52 100 12 86


Nick Jan Feb Mar April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Swim (miles)


3.3 5.8 0.7 1.3 0.4 1.4 4.0 8.0 4.7 2.3


Bike (miles)


116.4 125.0 38.5 82.2 40.9 79.3 93.7 228.4 281.0 65.9


Run (miles)


36.8 48.0 41.9 18.0 23.7 49.1 42.5 62.8 59.1 33.4


Strength (min)


88 123 79 30 0 0 52 85 101 54


I will post 2015 totals soon.  I was hoping to receive my Fitbit stats by now.