I finally had time to collect my thoughts and get my goals for 2010 down on (electronic) paper. Unlike last year, my goals this year are more defined and quantitative based on bringing down my times.
Sub 3:40 Marathon
If I could get under 3:40, that would be awesome. I’ll take 3:45 though and be happy. I will have two chances to meet this goal, but my best chance is going to be my first marathon in April. The second marathon (tentatively Honolulu) will probably be more difficult to PR in with a potentially crazy travel schedule and running in unfamiliar territory.
Sub 6 Hour Half IM
I was very close in 2009 with a time of 6:08:28 for my debut half Ironman. I ended up having a much faster swim and bike than I had anticipated, but completely bonked on the run. I am going to try and improve my time by increasing the amount of run training I do, especially on the brick workouts. I will have at least 2, but most likely 3, half Ironman races this year (June, July, and September), so plenty of time to reach my goal. If I go under 6 hours in my first HIM of the year (which would be totally awesome), I may revisit this goal and lower the time.
Add Strength Training
I probably am starting to sound like a broken record on this one. I really just need to make this a priority somehow. I still haven’t had any luck finding a good deal on used dumbbells though. Every time I see a pair on Craigslist, they are gone by the time I email the seller. One set, I emailed less than 20 minutes after they were posted and they were already gone. So, until I get dumbbells, I really should at least be doing pushups, crunches, and things like that.
Sub-20 Minute 5k, and Possibly a 10k PR
You may remember that I ran a 19:00 at the Turkey Trot this year. However, the course was short, and I want to have a legitimate sub-20 5k. However, this goal is entirely dependent on whether or not I do any 5ks this year. Usually, I don’t plan ahead for a 5k and sign up at the last minute. Likewise, the 10k PR is dependent on my race schedule. I will probably do the Reeds Lake Run 10k, but beyond that, I don’t have any other plans for many 10ks.
Get a Professional Bike Fitting
Sooner rather than later. I would like to get this done sometime this winter so that I am all set to go once the warm weather returns. I had few people give me money towards a bike fitting as a Christmas present, so now all I have to do is pick a location to have it done and setup a time.
I think that pretty much does it for my main goals for the year. I’m counting on all of you to help keep me honest and on track throughout 2010! Let’s make it another great year!