Wednesday, October 3, 2012

So Long September

September was a great training month for me and I'm really excited about that.  I put down some serious miles (for me) and also some PRs that I'm very proud about.  Let's start with the numbers:

Cycling Miles: 226
Running Miles: 79
Swimming Miles: 8.6

All three are record distances for me for a training month and I'm feeling really strong right now.

In addition to the miles, I put down three personal records in September.  All three were in training runs/swims, so I hope to see even lower times in the near future.  Two of the three were first timers in that I had never covered that distance before or I had never specifically timed that distance before.  So now for the details:

1000 meter TT - 23:18 on September 22

This is not the first time I've swum this distance, but it was the first time I did it specifically as a TT.  I'm really pleased with this time because I worked so hard in the pool and it seems to have paid off.  I realize that most swimmers will look at this time and shrug, but for me this is blazing fast.  Sweet!

Half Marathon - 2:06:00 on September 13th and then...
Half Marathon - 2:00:09 on September 27th!

September 13th was the first time I have ever run this distance so I was feeling it out and trying to determine how strong I would be at the end.  Plus it was a training run so I was more interested in the training aspect vs. the PR.  Still, I was pretty close to the two hour mark and that made me very happy!

September 27th was also a training run, but I pushed a little harder at the end to try and get in under two hours - so close but yet so far.  I feel like I executed really well on both of these runs.  I was very comfortable with pace, nutrition and hydration.  I was able to run really strong and still feel like I had a lot left in the tank at the end.

So that was my September, you can clap now if you like!  Hopefully October will be just as productive, successful and exciting.

How was your September?  Did you finish any races or set any personal records?

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