TIME TO TURN THE PAGE.
A new month. July already. The summer flies by. With our short season of "good" weather, sometimes I feel like a squirrel scurrying around gathering nuts for the winter, as I cram in all the training I can manage in a short amount of time. Before you know it, my big event of the year will be here, and then its a downslide to the darkside again.
And here's a new concept for me, although its nothing new of course: actually keeping track of my mileage, rather than just my workouts.
I learned a lesson last night as I did something quite out of the ordinary for me: I totalled up my monthly mileage for swim, bike, and run. I have NEVER done this in 20 years of racing. Why? I don't really know. As a Virgo, I should be quite anal about such things, but I never have been. I would start, but after maybe 3 days would forget to record anything, and then it was back to keeping track in my head. That was certainly doable and easy enough when my brain cells were still young and fresh, but now I'm finding if I don't write it down, its likely to be forgotten quickly.
And what did I learn last night? I learned that had I actually been keeping track, meaning subtotalling through the month instead of just writing down what I was doing (which, by the way, became a new form of discipline just a year ago, so I was gradually working up to this), I would have known that I had:
Run: 57.5 miles
Biked: 199.3 miles
Swam: 8.25 miles
Pushups done: 59
I could have easily rounded all those off without any effort had I just been keeping track.
That being said, this month I WILL keep track and also try to beat last month's goals besides.
Its never too late to teach an old dog new tricks.