Tuesday, July 29, 2008

How far have you gone this year?

I hate math, but I like numbers...data from my workouts that is: be it pace, my heart rate, how far I went, etc. Thanks to the awesome logs at BeginnerTriathlete.com I have all records of every ride, every run, and every swim. The site puts together nice monthly and yearly totals, and you can compare it all in a variety of fashions. Oh, and FYI, such logs are free--check it out. Today there was a thread started in the Tri-Talk forum that I remember seeing last year and looked forward to playing this year. In a nutshell it was "How far have you gone this year" with the idea of, if you took all the miles that from swimming, biking, and running, where could you visit in the US (or wherever you are). Googlemaps makes this easy to figure out, and in the end it's a "fun" way to quantify the extent of my training. Come the end of the year I'll do this again and we'll see "how far" 2008 takes me!

My bike mileage takes me on a trip from Killeen, TX to Tampa, FL and up to Washington D.C. (approx. 2031 miles)
My run mileage takes me west from Killeen to Las Cruces, NM (622 miles)My swimming mileage takes me through Austin to the little town of Kyle, TX. (86 miles)

P.S. Thank you for all the kind comments on the furniture and the walls!! I think I finally feel "settled" in the house. BTW- painting seems to be a big "post race" deal for me: I've done it (with my folks help) after both the Austin Marathon and Buffalo Springs 70.3! Painting = good recovery maybe?!?!


ShirleyPerly said...

That is very interesting to see on a map. By the end of the year, you'll probably have ridden all the way across country!!

Kathleen said...

That's a cool way to track mileage. I need some of your motivation because my kitchen & family room are in serious need of being painted.

Colleen said...

I love the idea of tracking your mileage on a map - off to see where I could go! :)

Stef said...

When you look at it like that, it actually seems further than if you are simply looking at the numbers.

There is nothing like an effective illustration of numbers to make them come alive (I hate math too).

Nice job!!!!!!