281.2 – Day 28
Done and done and done! Yes friends, the 281.2 mile quest is complete. As of this morning’s spin class, I have wrapped up all the mileage I needed to reach my goals for the month. It started with this first post, and I have learned a lot in these past 4 weeks. It all seems so simple now, but I don’t know if I would have completed it all without this daily reflective analysis. I really believe that it helped me to avoid the pitfalls that I fell into before. The three main take aways from all this training that I can share are:
- Have a Plan – Don’t start a workout or go to the gym without a clear strategy and measurable goals.
- Stay Consistent – If particular times of day or routines work best for you, stick with them.
- Recover Well – Eat smart, rest smart, and pace yourself; remember it’s a marathon and not a sprint.
The rest of this month I will taper my workouts before I start the 310 mile (500km) challenge on Saturday with a long bike ride. These next few days will be like a bonus round for me. I only need 6.9 miles to reach 300+ total miles for all of August. Next month’s challenge will consist of 60 miles of running, 10 miles of swimming and 240 miles of cycling. I expect the most difficult part will be the swimming. As I said yesterday, I plan to break that swim distance out over more sessions with some being shorter, so I don’t break down. Fortunately, I built up a good base this month, which should help me reach my targets next month.
It’s very fitting to reach 281.2 miles on this day, the 28th and in 20(12). It kind of all comes together neatly. Kind of cheesy I know, but it’s good to find motivation in whatever you can. I plan to cut back to only weekly blog updates here about my training in September. I will, however, post my workouts daily on RunKeeper and Athlinks. Though, I’m done blogging daily about this personal challenge, I would like if someone else would pick up the torch and write about their training efforts towards a personal goal. It doesn’t have to be about mileage, it could just be getting off of the couch, chasing a PR in a particular discipline, or even learning a new skill. As a community of Athletes, I think it is great when we share and learn from each other in such an open way. The image below is a thumbnail of three charts that breaking out each disciplines totals by total distance per day and total calories burned that day for the month of August.