Training 2012 versus 2013

I’m really struggling for writing material at the moment so I just thought that I’d do a quick comparison between how my training was going this time last year and how it’s going now. Here’s a quick bar chart (my liking for charts and graphs of all kinds will become apparent in future posts):

Graphic – Owen O'Keefe

Clustered bar chart of Weekly Totals (m) for Weeks 1 to 6 of 2012 and 2013.

2011 was a bit of an off year for me with my Leaving Certificate exams in June and my first semester at University College Cork from September to December. In January 2012, I found myself unexpectedly climbing up the mileage ladder on an almost daily basis. The fourth week of January was a 40 km week, which was a good week for me even when training for my English Channel swim in 2009. The next week, I managed over 50 km, including a 25 km pool swim on my birthday and a lap of Sandycove Island. This was my longest week ever!

However, this sudden increase in training volume took it’s toll and weakened my system enough to get a bad bout of tonsillitis. My training subsequently collapsed and weeks passed when I did not swim at all. I eventually got over it and had a great summer…

Since the middle of September 2012, my training has been lower in volume but I’ve been much more consistent and have been getting more value out of it. From the chart above, I’ve been doing very little until now (with college work, etc.) but I won’t be crashing and burning as I did last year. Hopefully, this will stand to me in the long run!

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