2016 was a great year for me on several fronts. A part of this was my improved triathlon and running abilities. I would rate myself at 8/10 if I had to score my triathlon performances in 2016…
Bronze Medal at the ETU European Sprint Duathlon: I still can’t believe that I’m a European medallist at something, especially considering that I was below average at endurance sport (running!) at school. It was so unexpected. The bike leg of the ETU Sprint Duathlon was the most fun that I’ve ever had on a bike; flying along smooth, flat German tarmac to drag myself up into medal contention.
7th Overall and 2nd in Age Group at Outlaw Half: For the first time since 2013, I was gaining places during a triathlon run! Four of those who finished ahead of me were domestic pros.
10:07 at Ironman Wales: I missed out on an IM World Championship slot by only a few minutes. The 3:24 marathon (after a 3.8k swim and 180k bike) was probably my best ever run and, despite the pain, I enjoyed running right on the edge throughout.
My First Race Wins in Smaller Races: at the Velopark Duathlon races in January and December along with the Windmilers’ club 3-mile running race in April.
General Running Improvement: Last year, I wrote about how my running speed was impeding my triathlon performances. I made the necessary changes to my training which resulted in much improved triathlon race performances and some running PBs (at 5k and half marathon).
2016 Training Review
|ACTIVITY||2016 VOLUME||2015 VOLUME||PREVIOUS GREATEST ANNUAL VOLUME|
|Cycling (on the road)||5,930km||3,491km||8,511km (2013)|
|Cycling (on the turbo trainer)||132 hours||153 hours||153 hours (2015)|
|Weekly Activity Time||14 hrs 20 mins||11 hrs 35 mins||11 hrs 35 mins (2015)|
With around 40% of my time spent running, the concentration on running improvements is apparent (typically a well-balanced triathlon training programme would around 30-35% of time spent running).