So July has come to a conclusion and we are now well into the 2nd half of 2016! I didn’t really have a specific focus for July! There was not a great deal of activity in July, holidays overseas and family priorities took over. An 11 day family holiday was the highlight of my month, which has absolutely nothing to with training for my next event! However it highlights that we all ned to take some down time to focus on other things in our lives. My family means the world to me, and to be able to spend 11 days focused on their needs was amazing, stressful at times but amazing none the less. Between sigh seeing and laying by the pool, I actually had 3 massages during July (while in Bali) and these have helped me improve my physical wellbeing / recovery, but in reality I didn’t really need them. So August & September are about finding the balance and motivation to fit everything in and not sacrifice anything.
In July I trained on 16 out of 31 days, including an 11 day holiday overseas to Bali! I trained for a touch over 21 hours for the month of July, which is marginally below June and is right there as my 2nd lightest month in 2016. During July I entered (and attempted to finish) the following Strava challenges:
- July Distance Challenge – complete 99km finishing 45,207 of 140,035 participants
- July Run Climbing Challenge – climbing 449m finishing 46,569 of 82562 participants
- July 10k Race – Complete 3 times, my best average pace was 4:47min/km, finishing 16,958 of 143,730 participants
- July Half Marathon Race – Complete twice, my best average pace was 4:47/km, finishing 3,384th of 74,233 participants.
- July Gran Fondo – 44km was my longest ride (not qualifying for the GF badge) and finishing 163,29095,545 of 198,031 participants
- July Climbing Challenge – 1,149m climbed finishing 170,850 of 197,754 (missing the target of 8,000 by 6,851, I’m still not a climber)
- July Distance Challenge – complete 145km finishing 197,546 of 252889 participants.
The following is a summary of activities for June:
The following little chart is from my excel spreadsheet I use to track volumes & hours, it helps me stay on track for my annual goals, also providing a good summary of the monthly totals:
Unfortunately I didn’t really capitalise on my very consistent June and have a very inconsistent July. With a marathon looming later in August, my goals may have to be revised, but for the time being I’m going to trust what I have already banked and not place any limitations on my performance. My training is about to ramp up as we are inside 3 months to Noosa Triathlon and not mush more to Challenge Shepparton!
So if you’re not active at the moment & need some inspiration, follow me on Strava & Instagram and let’s get back out there swim, bike or running. The biggest regret we can have in life is to not TRI!
Till next time build consistency, keep smiling and live to Tri!