I can't believe January is already over. I've still got a Christmas sweater sitting neatly folded in the original gift box. And the Christmas lights, though off the house, have still not been moved the additional 4 feet from the garage floor to the shelf. But then again, that's a pretty big project and may be better suited for when the days are longer - like July.
After the big December storms, Southern California was treated with a clear and somewhat warmer than normal January - the temperatures were hitting the high 70's at the middle of the month. So that made for a lot of quality training outside.
Of the 31 days in January, I trained on 24 of them. Of the 6 off days, 5 where scheduled for rest and I was sick 1 day. All totaled, I ended up getting in just under 44 hours.
I'm pretty happy with the volume for a couple of reasons. First off, my body feels good, and I'm back to the "almost lean" state that I had managed to get to before Thanksgiving. I think a lot of this comes down to keeping most of the running in Z2 so I was able to burn off some excess fat. Secondly, I was able to put up these numbers with little or no conflict with work and family time. Everyone seems happy. So if they are happy, then I am too.
A couple of the January sessions will be fondly remembered. There were a pair of 12 mile runs along the beach that where perfect, and then there was the legendary Santiago Canyon ride with OC Velo ( TRI714 knows).
That said, there are a couple of things missing. I need to be swimming more for one. Secondly, I need to find a way to get into the gym at least once a week, even if it's just for a stretching or core session. I could even do this at home.
So all things considered, I'm giving myself an "A" on volume and a "C" on variety. Does this sound about right?