2013 was a big year for me. I managed to achieve three significant goals I had set myself for the year and my good performances have allowed me to become better known in triathlon circles. I also started working with Brian from Accelerate3 in September after self-coaching my early efforts. Brian has given more direction to my training, safely and effectively raising its intensity. Before working with Brian my weekly training totals looked something like this. Total time: 11 hours Swim Yards: 5000 yards Bike Miles: 55 miles Run Miles: 30 miles
After I started working with Brian from Accelerate3, my training was dramatically increased and looked something like this.
Total time: 17 hours
Swim Yards: 13000 yards Bike Miles: 155 miles Run Miles: 42 miles
Despite having several weeks above 24 hours of training and a huge increase in mileage, my body began to feel better than it ever had and niggling injuries began to disappear. I learned my long runs were too long and I needed to run more frequently, as by running more frequently, my body is able to accept an increase in mileage without breaking down so often. I have also learned how to train hard on the bike and have had some huge gains which I hope to continue into 2014 with consistent training over the winter.
I had very little experience in triathlon before the beginning of the 2013 season and set 3 goals for myself.
1. Win a USAT race overall
2. Qualify for team USA
3. Honorable Mention All American USA Triathlete
Looking back on the year, I was able to smash these three goals and even knocked over my 2014 goal of earning my elite license. Although the results in triathlon are not everything, they still help me measure how I am progressing in my career and show me what I need to develop to achieve further success. Some highlights from my 9 races in 2013 include
- 3 Overall wins
- 5 Age group wins
- 2 Additional age group podiums
- USA Triathlon Age Group Sprint Distance National Champion
- 2 x 70.3 Age Group Champion
- 2 x Team USA Qualifier
- 3 x 70.3 World Championship Qualifier
- Ironman Kona Qualifier
- All American USA Age Group Triathlete
- All World Team Gold Ironman 70.3 Age Group Triathlete
Although I have always been confident in my ability as an athlete, if you told me all of this was possible at the start of the year, I would have said it was a long shot. I am extremely excited to get to work in 2014 under Brian’s guidance and show what I can do racing under Team Every Man Jack.