So December was all about consistency and just banking the time required! It started slow with a few early Christmas commitments and parties, as is always traditional this time of year. However as the month rolled & holidays arrived I settled into a solid routine and got it done!
So lets grab a coffee and stop for a quick moment to reflect and review my December training activities, it’s all about celebrating milestones, being grateful for the time and appreciating the sacrifice. In December I trained on 27 out of 31 days, training for a touch over 60 hours for the month, which is well above my desired 10 hours per week, but I am on holidays, so I made hay while the sun shined. During December I entered (and attempted to finish) the following Strava challenges:
- December Distance Challenge – complete 85km finishing 44,730 of 104,188 participants (this will remain a focus for January)
- December 10k Race – Complete 3 times, my best average pace was 5:03min/km, finishing 26,409 of 110,132 participants
- December Half Marathon Race – Incomplete this month (still battling a niggling Achilles, hopefully January will be a pain free month).
- December Climbing Challenge – 562m/2,000m, finishing 33,982 of 60,699 participants
- December Gran Fondo – 166km was my longest ride finishing 8,238 of 119,096 participants
- December Distance Challenge – complete 1,209km finishing 9,519 of 133,262 participants.
- December Climbing Challenge – 8,636m/7,500m finishing 22,419 of 102,265 participants (this is my best effort in 2016, maybe in December I’ll get the required elevation).
- Rapha Festive 500 – 512km/500km finishing 10,162 of 82,432 participants.
I have loved the freedom of holidays and banked some great kilometers thanks to a supper supportive wife & family. Achieving the Rapha Festive 500 was a highlight this month, closely followed by finally achieving a climbing challenge. I don’t climb mountains and it was a huge achievement to bank over 7,500m of elevation gain in the month.
The following is a summary of activities for December:
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:
December was the perfect consolidation month, setting me up for an almost perfect launch to Ironman New Zealand in March! Stay tuned for a review of the entire year, looking into total volumes and the plan for 2017. As you can see above all my annual (& revised annual) goals were smashed, in my next blog I will also review of my annual achievements. Running remains my Achilles heal (pun very intended) and I hope to have it sorted in January, if not I will have to struggle through the Ironman and re-assess during the winter months!
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Till next time build consistency, keep smiling and live to Tri!