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Another month has flown by and as the sun set on June 30th, we saw the mid-way point of the year come and go. June was a great month. It held my first race of the 2016 and while I missed my stretch goal (under 5 hours), I beat my 2015 time and feel very confident that I posses the training and ability to break the 5 hour barrier.

So how did June stack up? Here you go:

June By The Numbers

  • Swimming: 4.93 km 
  • Cycling: 489.08 km 
  • Running: 38.87 km 
  • Total: 532.88 km
  • Training Time: 23 hrs
  • Total Calories Burnt: 16,644

In comparison to last month everything is a little down, but there are good reasons for that:

  • June included 10 days of tapering. While that is a lot, I took a little extra precaution this time around, maybe too much but that is just the way it worked out.
  • I injured myself during the Victoria race and that has significantly impacted my running numbers. I'm slowly rehabbing, but I can expect those running volumes to stay low for the foreseeable future.
  • I've started to add "other activities" - these include the addition of regular yoga (going to try 2-3 times a week) as well as more strength training (2-3 times a weeks as well).

Ultimately, these changes did and will keep my volumes down a bit in the short term, but I believe they will set me up for success later on in the year and in preparation for Cozumel 2016.

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July is going to be a busy month for this cat. I've got IRONMAN Calgary 70.3 coming up on July 24th (the timing of which couldn't be more poorly timed by me as the 10 days before is the Calgary Stampede. This will test my determination and commitment to no end). My approach for this race is merely to gain some more racing experience. I'm still suffering an injury from running and it is a challenge still to run. I have no specific goal, I'm just going to see how I feel race day and try put down a decent time. I'm not going to push it too hard at the risk of jeopardizing the goal of Cozumel.

As I look forward my focus is going to shift a little as well. July priorities will be:

  • Regular Yoga - 2-3 times a week. This is intended to serve multiple purpose. (1) Direct my attention to flexibility and mobility and (2) I will be doing Hot Yoga in preparation for sweating my nuts off in Mexico
  • Strength Training - 2-3 times a week. I have neglected strength training because I found it just too demanding on my schedule. This has been a major oversight and something I am going to correct. Focus will be core, lower body and shoulders.
  • Swimming - Everyone tells me you don't win races in the water. That may be true. But you can certainly lose races and waste time. My focus is going to be in preparation for Mexico and getting away from breathing every 2 strokes to every 3 strokes. This is a challenge for me and is going to take time but I believe will pay huge dividends.
  • Diet - Always a focus for me, but a particular focus this month as extracurricular activities will be a big distraction

My first race reminded me why I enjoy doing this and lit a bit of a fire under me. I'm really looking forward to continuing the grind to 140.6

Happy Training Everyone!

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