One of the best things about blogging is putting everything down in writing and announcing it to the world, well…the 10 people that read this blog. Even if no one ever mentions them again to me, I still feel a sense of accountability that I never had before. So, without further ado, my 2012 running/health goals:
- Complete an Ironman: The only goal I have (thus far) with this bad boy is just to finish alive, healthy and in one piece. It’s a bucket list item for reasons I won’t go into, but accomplishing something this large with minimal experience will probably be the most trying and rewarding thing I’ll do this year.
- Complete a half Ironman: Unlike the Ironman goal, I’d like to actually race this one. While I don’t have a time goal yet, I want to push this one a bit further than the full.
- Cycle Like It’s No Big Thang: Out of all three sports, cycling scares me the most. Clipping in and getting hit by a car are still big fears of mine, so I want to get over it and become a fierce cyclist.
- Swim Like It’s No Big Thang: I have no doubt that swimming will never be my “strong” point. So to be an efficient and smart swimmer is all that I can ask for.
- Learn How To Fuel Appropriately: One of my biggest failures at every race is not knowing when and how much to eat and drink. This led to my med-tent visits both at the NYC marathon and Boston. The good news is that I now have Coach Paul and you better believe I’ll be turning to him for advice (and will be sharing it all with you).
- Stretch Regularly: Why is this one so damn hard? Oh wait, it’s usually because I want to eat, shower or sleep after working out. Even if it’s only for five minutes after each session, I know I need it if I don’t want to fall apart this year.
- Be Injury Free: I’m hesitant to even write this, but with regular stretching, vitamins, rest and so on, I’d really appreciate if my body would just get it’s act together this year.
- Vitamins and Supplements: Another seemingly easy task that can help me stay free of any BART-derived plagues and keep my joints fluid.
- H20: I drink plenty of water in the multiple cups of green tea I drink everyday, but I know I need more for my body and my skin. Thus, I’m vowing to drink at least one full SIGG bottle of water each day. It shouldn’t be difficult, just something I have to do.
- Live Adventurously: I also made this goal in 2011 and I’m so glad I did. I vowed to not let a moment pass me by — to live for the experiences and regret nothing. I think I did (for the most part) just that last year and it made 2011 that much more amazing. There were so many things that I wanted to just stay home with Chicken Face and Lola instead of doing them, but Chicken Face always prodded me on and said, “Just go. You’ll have fun.” And I was always glad I did.
Of course, you’ll notice that these are all fitness/health related goals. I have my personal ones as well (buy a house, tune out the naysayers, spend more time on the blog, plan a trip to Europe, etc.) but we’ll leave those ones off this already gigantic list for now.
Here’s to an adventurous 2012 – what are you big goals?