2013 Triathlon Journey

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The goal for the year was to participate and complete 5 Olympic Triathlons and I am excited to say after this last week. Mission accomplished!!!!


The year started with my very first Olympic Triathlon in March where Ed and I competed in Desert TRI, it was a great first event for us and a strong start to the season. I had dropped my overall weight from 190 lbs in May of 2012 to a lean 160 lbs in March of 2013.  I was feeling strong. I decided to plan out the rest of my season at that point and then competed in the Ventura TRI in June. After that I had a nice break and rolled into the Monster event SB Tri  in the middle of August.  This was a longer distance than the other Olympic courses and titled a “long course” it was my favorite one of the year (minus a flat tire on the course) I felt strong and had a really good race. The SB Tri is also a Hughes family tradition and was our 8th year of participating in this event as a family in some form or another. In my case it was usually only swimming.

I want to add a big part of my conditioning this season was based on participating in Nite Moves in SB, this was every Wednesday and was a Ocean swim followed by a 5K run. A super fun training event. Next on the calender was Ed and my annual events of participating in the Malibu Nautica Tri, both days Saturday was the International Distance followed by the CHLA fund raising Sprint Distance both were awesome, but at this point my legs were tiring and my IT band was acting up. Finally the swan song of the season was the Carpinteria Olympic TRI. This was a tough one for me as I was pretty much out of gas. The last three TRIs were all within a span of 6 weeks and with my new job and training dropping down to minimal, I took a hit on performance on this one. In my stats you can see the overall decline in my run times over the course of the three Olympic distance TRIs

Ventura (June)

1 mile swim  – 28:32

25  Mile bike –  1:19

6.2 Mile run – 52:43

Total – 2:44

Malibu (Sept)

1 Mile swim – 29:23

25 Mile bike   – 1:19

6.2 Mile run – 56:41

Total – 2:50

Carp (Sept)

1 Mile swim – 30:07

25 Mile bike   – 1:28 

6.2 Mile run – 1:01:37

Total – 3:05

Some other interesting stats for the year thanks to Garmin and Strava


Count: 97 Activities
Distance: 448.93 mi
Time: 101:40:04 h:m:s
Elevation Gain: 12,126 ft
Avg Speed: 6.1 mph
Avg HR: 150 bpm
Avg Run Cadence: 83 spm


Count: 29 Activities
Distance: 41.92 mi
Time: 20:20:28 h:m:s
Elevation Gain: 1,807 ft
Avg Speed: 2.4 mph


Count: 65 Activities
Distance: 675.41 mi
Time: 89:40:53 h:m:s
Elevation Gain: 23,751 ft
Avg Speed: 9.4 mph
Avg HR: 134 bpm
Avg Run Cadence:
Avg Bike Cadence: 70 rpm

Total miles – 1,165,85

Total hours – 210

**Starting from Jan to October 4th, 2013 (not all data for the year was collected)

In summary

Next year I am not sure what is in store for me, but I am pretty sure it will not involve competing in 5 Triathlons, as much as this was a really challenging and wonderful goal, it was a bit much on timing toward the end.  I also might add that I changed jobs after being at ValueClick for 10.5 years and we sold our home and bought a new one. This was all during peak TRI season. Whew!!!! Next year, I am thinking Santa Barbara and one other TRI next year will be the plan.

I also want to thank CVMM as my coaches and team members were always a super motivating part

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