Jan 27

2011 Goals

With January almost to a close already, I figured I better sit down and lay out my goals for the upcoming year.  Better late than never right?


Finish Ironman Wisconsin – I don’t think this one really needs any explanation. Run, walk, or crawl, I WILL cross the finish line before midnight on September 11, 2011.  Anne @ Iron Dreams recently posted about making goals and I am going to borrow a quote from Mirinda Carfrae that she posted:

“My goal was to race my own race, and I did that. I knew that people would ask about Chrissie (Wellington, 2009 champion who did not race due to illness), but I really know that I raced my best on my best day and I just wanted the focus to be on that.”

That is my goal.  I want to know that I raced my best race regardless of the time.

PR Half Ironman Distance – This really isn’t really a goal. To me this is more of a necessity for my Ironman training.  In the 4 half IMs I have done, I have fallen apart on the run.  My best run time is around 2 hours while my half marathon PR is 1:35.  Now, I know I can’t expect the run a 1:35 at the end of a tri, but I would like to believe I could manage at least a 1:45-1:50.  My “problem” in the previous races boils down to poor nutrition.  As part of my IM training, I need to figure out what nutrition works best for me.  I know that if I can nail my nutrition in the half IM, that I will PR simply because I won’t blow up on the run.

One race every month – This is more Jennie’s goal than mine, but considering we run together, I can count it too right?  I have actually been on a one a month race streak since last March.  I’m going to see how long I can keep it going.  So far I have at least a 5k scheduled for every month through September.

Complete all Swim Workouts for Triathletes workouts – I have had the Swim Workouts for Triathletes Binder book for over a year now.  It contains 66 different workouts with two different levels for each workout, an A set and B set.  I have randomly been using the book, flipping open to a workout and doing it when I need something new.  However, I somehow end up doing the same couple of workouts over and over.  So, I have created a chart (You can view it here if you are interested) where I will track my progress through each workout.  I am starting with the B sets (less yardage) and will jump up to the A set when I complete.  I enjoy these workouts more than the swim workouts from The Book so I may opt to do an equivalent yardage workout from the binder instead.

Keep up my strength training – I have been slacking a bit lately on my strength/core workouts.  I really need to make sure I do them because I can see and feel a difference when I am on top of things.  My goal is to average 2 strength activities per week.  I’m currently using the P90X strength worksheets but not really following the actual P90X program.  I enjoy the variety of the workouts and it keeps it from getting boring. Plus, I know how to do the exercises now so I don’t even need the DVD and can watch TV or a movie while I workout.


Along with my big goals, I have some mini goals as well.  I’m going to call them milestones.  These are goals that I hope to hit as my training progresses throughout the year but I am really not going to do any specific training to hit them.

Run a sub 19 5k – My current PR is 19:38, so I still have a ways to go.  However, I seem to get faster and faster the more I race 5ks.  With Jennie’s goal of one 5k a month, I’m looking at doing at least 12 5ks this year so I’ll have plenty of chances.

Under 2 hours at River Bank Run – I’ve done this the past two years now so hopefully it shouldn’t be too difficult to maintain it this year.  The benefit to being under 2 hours is that you get to entrance into the 2 Hour Club (essentially the VIP room – without the booze and strippers) the following year.

Bike over 6,000 miles, Run over 1,500 miles, and Swim over 200 miles – I finished 2010 with 3,800; 1,500; and 170 miles respectively for the 3 disciplines and I know I am going to rack up a lot more miles this year with my training.  On the bike front, I am currently at 263 miles compared to 145 miles last year at this time granted they are all trainer miles.

Hit 1:20 for 100 yds – The closest I have gotten to 1:20 in the pool is 1:25.  This milestone isn’t to simply hit 1:20 once and call it good, but rather to get my set of 10x100yd down so that I am hitting 1:20 for at least half of the intervals.

So those are the goals (and milestones) for 2011.  I feel like I don’t have a lot of goals for the year, but the ones I do have are big ones and I am sure that they will keep me busy.

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  1. Matt Oravec

    Wow, lofty on some of those 🙂 1:20 is aggressive, hope you can do that for sustained effort haha.

    Yeah, the 5k a month one is awesome. Makes the year go by and keeps you motivated to get the races in. We had to modify the game plan a bit due to January but we made it work 🙂

    HIM goals. Loved them. Agree, we fell apart on the run too.

    Strength training I feel is key. Just 2 or 3 days a week, 30 minutes, in and out done.

    Good luck man. Should be an awesome year. I too plan on finishing the IM under the cutoff time haha.

  2. Morgan

    You astound my man! I can’t wait to watch your training unfold and see you accomplish all this and then some! Excited for this weekend and we def gotta coordinate some future races! Maybe you and Jennie could crash over and hit a local race sometime soon! 🙂

  3. Scott

    **Jennie’s eyes only*** Do Glass City Half with all of us, I have total faith you can do it. 11 weeks out is plenty of time to train for it. Then you can slap that 13.1 sticker on your car or even better, have Kevin buy you a 13.1 necklace. YOU CAN DO IT!! There is also a 5k that day as well, but deep down inside, you kinda want the half (Trust me, you will beat me to the finishline)

    **Kevins turn**

    – 16.59:59 the time needed for the promise land

    – I am doing only the P90X strength part, if I have time, plyometrics, I am using a more sport related core program then Ab Ripper X. The rest is sim bike rulk

    – 2 Hour Club (essentially the VIP room – without the booze and strippers) not beleiving you on this one, I think the disclaimer was to keep you from sleeping on the couch

  4. Jeff Irvin

    Lofty but attainable Kev!

    You and me have 3 of the same “Milestones”. I want a sub-19, but not sure when I can fit it in. 6k, 1.5k and 200mi are exactly what I want too and think it will fall in to place b/c of the planned early season training, and 1:20/100 in the pool – this can happen with a few more tweaks of my technique – Jon and others really helped on the swim vid I posted!

    We will get there dude. But like you, IM is the main goal.

  5. Jon

    Great goals! You can totally hit em all!

    A thought on the HIM run….nutrition is one thing, but pacing properly on the bike is another, and probably more significant. I nailed my nutrition for my entire race @ Rhode Island, but other than the heat, the REAL reason why I fell apart on the run is because I hammered it too hard on the bike. I didn’t listen to my power meter and I ate pavement because of it.

    Thanks for posting the swim book and spreadsheet. I will have to check that out. I am with ya on holding 1:20’s in the pool. Would make swim workouts go a LOT faster!

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I see your point about ruining on the bike but if you could see how non existant my nutrition was at Steelhead… only water and Gatorade. Yeah, I know. Stupid.

      For the the swimming, I am going to try following a lot of the tips you have been posting about. You should seriously become a swim coach. From all the stuff/tips I have read on the Internet, your stuff has made the most sense to me.

  6. Matt Smith

    Great Goals! Those are beautiful because they are so well defined and “possible.” I’ll be rooting for you all year! Plus, doing a race every month will hopefully keep you motivated. Keep up the good work!

  7. Emily

    These are great goals!

    I can attest to Jon hammering on the bike at RI. I watched that boy FLY past me. Though I do think nurtrition is huge. I’m still playing around with how to get myself through anything longer than a marathon. The full IM is going to be a real challenge for me in terms of properly fueling for the distance.

    And i do the race a month thing. I think its REALLY fun. You end up doing some races you never would do and you can take a bunch of them not so seriously. I like the way your lady thinks!

  8. Viper

    Just a couple goals, huh? Good luck with all that. Cheers!

  9. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    Awesome goals!
    I may have to check out that swimming workout book. Do you like the workouts??

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I love the workouts! Check out the Amazon “Look Inside the Book” feature and I think you can see one or two samples. I feel like the workouts vary enough to not get boring. Technically the book is waterproof and I guess it is, but I never bring it to the pool because it takes forever to dry out. Instead, I copy the workouts to notecards or something.

  10. Mandy

    You are going to rock IMMOOOOOOOO Seriously – I read that Rinny quote in LAVA I think? And I loved it too. I think it is the best way to think about it.

    Great goals. I want to not fall to pieces on the run in my next HIM. That would be cool.

    Swim binder book is awesome – my buddy loaned me his I think I am going to get my own copy..

  11. Derek

    Solid goals this year! of course love the IM goal – and your HIM run goal ur not far off at 2hr now you should be able to hit your target with all the work you are going to put in.


  12. onelittletrigirl

    I think your goals are aggresive and well laid out. And I have no doubt you will kick ass! The extra swimming will help tremendously.

    As for racing every month- I love that idea. I am a race whore. This year, I purposely decided not to race in Jan/Feb and it is actuallly driving me nuts! Trying to stay uninjured is almost as hard as being injured!

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      “Race whore” – I love it! That would be a good way to describe me. I love doing races too!

      Good luck staying uninjured!

  13. Maria

    Great goals!

    Just getting caught up on everything, I can’t believe you got a puppy! The puppy is going to need more blog face time if you want to keep this reader happy for sure!

    Hope you’re staying warm in the north, September will be here before you know it! I’m so excited about your and Jennie’s upcoming season!

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Haven’t heard from you in a while. You’ve been missed!

      Don’t worry, plenty of puppy pictures (and even some video) in future posts. I think I may have more puppy followers than triathlon/running followers now 🙂

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