It’s a new year. A chance to reset, to start anew, with the goals we set for ourselves.
As the title says, this is a post about my goals for this next year. They’re not resolutions. They’re things I want to achieve with my life before 1Jan2016.
I’ve rededicated myself to racing. I’ve started working strength training into my workout regimen. I’m not trying to “lose weight” or “get smaller.” There was a time when I was under 220lbs, and I felt horrible and run down. Besides feeling good with myself, and having energy, weighing over 220lbs gives me the option to race as a Clydesdale. Why would I throw that away? That said…
Racing (in general): There’s a few goals I have set with racing, in general, in mind.
This is the year I plan to get my revenge on the Mid-Atlantic Super Spartan Race. It handed me a sound ass kicking in 2013, taking nearly 6 hours to complete. Still, I finished. This year, though, I plan to do it in under 5 hours.
I ran my first marathon in 2014. It took me 5:38:14 to finish 26.2 miles (which is actually faster than the EIGHT MILE Spartan Race mentioned above… damned ski slopes), but I finished. There were some things that hampered me during that race. In 2015, I’m going to train for those, then get my revenge on the race. I plan to cut at least 40 minutes off my time, in the same race. This year’s event should be awesome, as it is the race’s 10th anniversary.
I DNF’d a Sprint triathlon (and my only triathlon since 2012) in 2014. Where I’ll never tackle that particular race again, I do plan to keep charging. In 2015, I’m going to compete in my first half iron distance triathlon, and I plan to finish in the top 3 of my division.
Swimming: I’ve set a goal to swim a total of 75 miles in 2015. This will be tough, as pool time is hard to come by, and beach time is even harder to come by. Still, I need to focus my efforts here, as this is my weak leg during triathlons. If I improve here, I improve in the other two disciplines as well.
Biking: My strength during a triathlon. I have room for improvement here, as well as in the other two disciplines, so I have a goal here of 3225 miles for 2015.
Running: The big change here is adding treadmill work to the mix. It’ll allow me to run on inclines that I just can’t find on the roads around my house. To train to run hills, you need to run hills. Mine will be man made, and will always be going up. This will help me get revenge on the Spartan Race and the Outer Banks Marathon. It will also make the flat run for the Outer Banks Half Iron Triathlon seem easier. I also plan to find some sandy areas to run in for miles at a time. If I can conquer sand and hills, I can surely shave 40 minutes off of my marathon time. Also, to help me along, I have a distance goal of 750 miles of running for 2015.
Those are my goals for 2015. It will take a concerted effort to meet them, but doing so will certainly help my racing improve and jump to a higher level.
UPDATE: I’m not going to keep old updates in this post. I’ll change them each time I make one.
Swimming: I’ve not swam a single inch, let alone mile, so far this year. Being on second shift and working 7 days a week is not the issue, either, though it is happening.
The issue is that the only pool that I have convenient and affordable access to is closed for renovations until March. I’ll figure something out.
Biking: 44.67 miles behind. Mother Nature still hasn’t let up, really. I’ve been trying to do a “ride” (and run) before work 5 days a week. Due to my shift schedule right now, I’m walking a fine line between working toward my goals and burning myself out. The mileage will come, in due time.
Running: 7.79 miles behind for much the same reason I’m behind on the riding.
Again, I want to meet my goals. When I’m training, I’m focused on nothing else, at all. The catch right now is to not burn myself out, and to not hurt myself.