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.