Monthly goals are back. And there was much rejoicing for TWO bullet point list goal posts in a row!
Disapproving me is disapproving (probably because I’m riding my bike inside *grumble grumble*).
I promise I’ll get to some more interesting stuff soon, but I definitely need to be accountable for some habits I’m trying to break and new ones I want to create, so that means I need to shout it out loud on my little soapbox here.
I’m racing twice. Weird, huh? I’m entirely unprepared for both of them, but it will be fun to toe a starting line again after months away from competition. I’m racing 3M Half Marathon Jan 20th and my goals include 1) showing up and 2) seeing what happens. I plan to go out rather conservatively and see if I can pick it up during the second half and negative split even though the second half goes up. The next weekend, I’ve got the Lifetime Indoor Tri. There, my goals will include 1) swimming as hard as I can 2) biking as hard as I can 3) trying not to throw up until after the run. I’m looking forward to reacquainting myself with the pain place once again.
In terms of training, I will be ramping up the hours a bit, but not a ton.
- Weights: one per week this month. After I’m done racing, in February, I’ll move this to twice a week or maybe even more, but for now, ramping up the running and remembering how to athlete a little is taking prescient.
- Running: long runs every Saturday until 3M. Shorter runs 1-2 times a week. After 3M, move to shorter faster stuff, including a test – either threshold or fast mile – at some point later this month.
- Biking: short stuff this month, mostly inside. Next month I’ll take it outside again but with long runs and racing I just don’t see that happening in January. And, I’ll do an FTP test tomorrow to see where I’m at after 2 months of slacking *grumble grumble*.
- Swimming: will keep up my once a week swim but it won’t be much of a focus. I’m so happy to have an indoor pool this year and I want to continue to make use of it and not go weeks or months without a swim as is normal this time of year. To keep in the testing spirit, one of these will include a 300m and 100m time trial.
- Recovery: stretching and rolling at least twice a week each, actually breaking the boots out a few times a week as well. Generally, I should be doing at least one of these things a day, on average.
It’s time to set this party train into motion! Or, well, actually, the anti-party, considering my goals. January is for being boring and it’s actually kind of a relief after a few months of dietary recklessness.
- Snap Kitchen is what I’ll be eating pretty much all month. I plan to do a little batch cooking (probably one soup per week) and some Perfect Fit meals as well for variety and because Snap is sort of expensive, but I’m actually quite enjoying returning to their meal plans after a break. I love my mostly pasta + chicken strips diet (and I know it works)!
- 1500 calories most days. More on Saturdays and/or days when I do a long workout (-500 to -1000 less than what I burn on those days depending on my appetite).
- No whiskey January. While I’m not trying to go dry or anything crazy like that, I do need to step things down a bit. I’m giving up whiskey on the rocks (and whiskey altogether), and I’m aiming to have drinks only on Saturdays unless there is a good and social reason to do so another day. So far, so good!
- Weigh and measure. Get on the scale at least four times a week to get a good average for the Trendweight going again. Track my food every day. Check diet quality once a week. Try not to judge where I’m at right now, just watch the trend.
I will not assess a goal weight for the end of January but I will say that I’d like to weight less the week of Jan 28th than I do this week.
I don’t want to stress myself out too much while remembering how to human again after offseason and the holidays, but I’ll pen a few goals here. Mostly, goals of the indoor variety because the world is trying to kill me right now with allergies.
- Pick one organizational thing – either cleaning/organizing the pain cave OR the media shelves – and complete it by the end of the month.
- Read Daring Greatly. It’s been on my list for a while and I keep hearing it’s life changing.
- Crack open MY book and find the places I truly didn’t finish (notes like STUFF ABOUT THINGS GO HERE). Then, load it on the kindle and begin to read it.
- Finish the D&D 5e player handbook cover to cover. Start catching up on Critical Role so I know WTF people are talking about.
- Earn some levels in both my games.
- Play the piano at least 30 mins a week. This habit is starting to fall off and I don’t like it.
Basically, this month I want to start the long, slow, climb back to being a motivated, productive human. The drive is there, but the habits don’t quite flow like water yet. I hope that being my normal follows-a-training-plan-and-eats-like-a-healthy-human self doesn’t feel weird anymore by January 31st.