2013 Fitness Recap

Yeah, I know 2013 isn’t over yet. But I feel inspired to update my blog, so better early than never on the 2013 update.

By the numbers, 2013 was a lousy year. About 1500 1800 miles on the bike and 180 270 on the run. And 500 of those 1500 1800 miles were part of my bicycle trip down the Oregon coast. But the year was better than what the numbers by themselves would say.

For much of the first quarter, I was off the bike the first quarter for reasons which are TMI for this post. Though that may have been a blessing in disguise, because I had to try something else to stay fit. Running seemed like the most natural option, but I had previously avoided it due to fear of injury and inability to run for more than five minutes without getting out of breath.

Then I heard about the “couch to 5K” program. When I saw it, I thought, “you mean people start off by alternating walking and running?” Wow, this might be do-able. And so it was. I was getting discouraged at only 9 min per mile pace, until a friend told me that wasn’t half bad for someone my age starting out.

I eventually got myself up to the eighth and final week, but I happened to be on a business trip at the time. So one day before work, I ran a 5K back and forth in a hotel parking lot in Denver. (33 minutes wasn’t too bad at elevation!)

Not too long after returning from that trip, I had started feeling some pain in my toes. So then I got creative with some over the counter metatarsal supports. That backfired and resulted in full blown metatarsalgia. I had to stay off my feet after that for sure!

Luckily by then, I was able to get back on the bike, so I could fall back on that. And I needed to train for my July bike tour anyway.

But after that tour I had lost some biking mojo. Doing the same loop rides from home – regardless of how good they are – can get old compared to exploring touring territory. Still, I persevered with mostly the bike during the summer while waiting for my foot to get better.

Finally this fall the foot was starting to feel better. A couple of weeks ago I made it to the 8th and final week of C25K (again). Though this time I did the 5K distance in 28 minutes!

For the rest of 2013, I plan to not go further than 3mi/5K and instead work on intervals to get my speed up. I’ll see if I can increase the distance on the bike a bit too.

So although the numbers look bad, I’ve successfully add another sport, while not letting more core sport go too far downhill.

My goals for 2014? Well, I have a month to figure that out! More miles on the bike, while making sure I stay injury free on the run. Maybe a 5K running race and a bicycling century ride too. Maybe also finishing the Pacific Coast by bicycle this summer too!

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