I keep track of how much exercise I do in a spreadsheet. This started with the Blackwood Marathon and just carried on.
I started a new log today, and now that I have 18 months of data to look at, I thought it might be interesting to compare my totals for each of the 6 month logs.
The date ranges are:
- June to Nov 2101, which includes the Blackwood Marathon.
- Nov 2010 to May 2011, which is post-Blackwood, where I really got into the ‘rest and recover’ idea
- May to Nov 2011, which is the lot I just finished, and was (originally) preparing for a 12km race, which was to lead to a half-marathon by the end of the season – March-ish. Don’t think it’s going to happen now…
I tracked Swimming, Biking, Running & Rowing in # of km and Riding my horse, and Other (like fitness classes and DVDs) in # hours.
|Nov 2010 – May 2011||0.9||43.32||41.53||27.8||69.75|
|Ave per month||0.4||45.2||24.9||14.7||4.8||20.2|
|Ave per week||Pointless 🙂||10.4||5.8||Yeah…||No point||4.7|
Obviously, the Blackwood training period has some pretty big results in every category, but what I find shocking is just how slack I got for the following 6 months!
At least I was still riding my horse then. Although I increased my running and biking in this last 6 months, look at the big fat blank where my horse results should be! Shame!
I take some small pride in the fact that over the last 18 months I have cycled 10km per week, run 5km and did 5 hours of other fitness… give or take.
But I’d like to see my numbers go up in the Horse and Swimming portions of this. I mean, I know it’s totally unrealistic to keep working out at the Blackwood levels unless I decide to become a professional athlete! But I would like to set these performance goals for myself for the next 6 months:
- Swim – 1km per week
- Bike – 20km per week
- Run – 5km per week
- Classes/Other – 5 hours per week
- Horse – 2 hours per week
That’s not unrealistic is it?
(Maybe… as a PS to this post, this morning I slept in and totally missed my shoulder and abs workout, then my backup plan – Aqua Boot Camp – got cancelled due to instructor injury. No exercise for me today! I barely got up from my chair! Oops! Back on the bandwagon tomorrow!)