When you have a really successful year that you’re quite happy with, it doesn’t make any sense to throw the baby out with the bathwater and change it all up. To be perfectly honest, the refrain of, “second verse, same as the first, a little bit louder
and a little bit worse” will be frequent in this post and that’s a GREAT thing.
However, as someone who isn’t content to rest on her laurels, there are obvious improvements to be made even on the best of years. Let’s dive in, shall we?
For the year I planned to have in 2018, I nailed it. I loved the shorter, more focused training (both per session and per week). I enjoyed the stability that weight training and proper recovery afforded me. I thoroughly enjoyed the ability to podium multiple times this spring and qualify for Nationals. So, I’m going to do that again. Yes indeedy, the plan is to do a bunch of short races in the Spring with the goal to get as high on the podium as possible each time and head to Cleveland again in August, but only if my husband and I can BOTH qualify this time.
I’ve had a nice long 10 week offseason where I’ve let it all burn to the ground and it’s felt flippin’ fantastic after some fits and starts with learning to let go. Tomorrow starts pre-season. This schedule is slightly different from last year but rejoins it in the spring. Whereas in January 2018, I was focused on building to a half marathon personal best, my focus THIS winter is purely base building. I will be running the same half, but my only goal is to survive it, not PR. This means regular weight training, a moderate amount of base miles, a little speedwork but not much, and getting back to regular testing (100m/300m for time, FTP tests, either run threshold or fast mile tests). Once spring hits, we’ll shed the volume and train more like we did last year (more fast stuff).
As for racing, I am already signed up or plan to sign up for these races:
- 3M Half (Jan 20)
- Lifetime Indoor Tri (Jan 27)
- Some sort of 5k in late March/early April to test my fitness
- Possibly the St Patrick’s Day Tri in Dallas
- Maybe a time trial cycling race if one fits on the schedule
- Texasman (May 5)
- Wincrest Freshman (June 8)
- Lake Pflugerville (June 16)
I’ll probably put a few other triathlons on the calendar between March – June. I want to race a lot again, but probably no more than two weekends back to back in a row, and I have a 10 day vacation planned in April so we’ll see what happens.
As for the fall, I *think* I want to do a 70.3, but I’m not sure which one. There’s my perennial Kerrville, and I’m going for sure, but not certain what distance. There’s Waco, and though a bad taste still lingers in my mouth from that race, the fact is that it’s close in proximity and the timing is perfect. There’s Oilman in Houston in November, which I’ve never done and always been interested in trying out. There’s also Indian Wells in December, which is interesting as well, though the timing kind of sucks and it’s a plane flight.
The long term goal is to do another full Ironman in 2020. It’s looking like it will probably be Texas because it’s convenient. Besides swimming in the sh*tcanal, I like the course, especially if we can maybe refrain from 25 mph winds on the Hardy Toll Road this time, and the time of year (late April) is perfect. With the weather and my work schedule, training for anything longer than a half late in the season is NOT optimal.
I also just found out that I’ll be part of #teamnuun in 2019, and I’m super stoked to rep something I’ve been using for many, many years already! Definitely more to come on this as we get more deets.
After eight years of a swing and a miss here, I finally found some success. I lost over 20 lbs and (for the most part) kept it off. I weighed in at 169.5 this weekend, so while I’m probably up just a little from holiday indulgences, I’m well within my goals for concluding offseason/holiday eating.
As of January 2nd, I’m back on the #projectraceweight train. I want to see 150 lbs reaaaaaaal bad this year, and for the first time in forever, it’s really within my grasp. I just have to do exactly what I did last year. For posterity, that is:
- Track my calories regularly. Stick to 1500 most days, 1-2 days closer to 2000 +/- depending on activity level (if I do a long run/bike/race, I’m going to eat a little more).
- Keep an eye on my diet quality. I probably won’t be as anal with this all year as I was in (early) 2018 because, honestly, quantity is my biggest problem. However, I need to be checking every once in a while to make sure I’m right around that 20 mark.
- Continue to alternate batch cooking and Snap Kitchen/other healthy prepared meals. I will honestly probably lean on Snap for most of January and then alternate a bit, but having someone else do the cooking and portioning helps me a lot. We got takeout SO MUCH LESS than any other year because of this and we both lost weight.
- Quit drinking like a frat boy It was fun to let loose for a while, but it’s time to reign it back in for season again.
My goal is to hit 150 or a little less by the end of the year and evaluate if that’s my happy forever weight or see if I should push on further.
I need to learn how to be okay with failure. I’ve found the root of a lot of my hangups rest on my subconscious convincing me that I don’t want something, not because I don’t want it, but I’m scared to try and fail. This year is about taking chances with the full realization that I may fall flat on my face in some endeavors. This is the year about eating the sacred cows instead of keeping them on their pedestals.
And to save myself the trouble of trying once and failing and giving up, I’m also making part of the resolution to FAIL the first time (or two) and still have the courage to pick myself up, dust myself off, and try again.
- Before the end of 2019, I will send at least THREE pitches out to a publisher about my book.
- Before the end of 2019, I will pursue at least THREE other writing opportunities – whether it’s writing for another site, a contest, just something that gets my work out there.
- Before the end of 2019, I will ask at least THREE people for guidance and mentorship on writing, business, social media, marketing, photography, or something else I’m dying to learn but don’t know much about.
- Before the end of 2019, I will submit my photography for at least THREE opportunities/contests.
- Before the end of 2019, I will apply for at least THREE brand ambassadorships/sport opportunities (one down already!!!).
- Before the end of 2019, I will pursue at least THREE opportunities to get Adjusted Reality social media profiles (probably instagram) shared by a more popular profile.
While I’ve got more detailed goals I’ll share on a monthly basis, I’ve decided 2019 is the year where I stop getting in my own way to get the things I want. If someone else decides I’m not worthy, that’s fine, it’s just not going to be ME any more.
These have kind of gotten out of hand but I love the chaos, so I’m not going to quit doing anything. What I am going to do is stop giving myself crazy goals that stress me out. Obviously my writing and my photography are the exceptions, which I’ve covered under personal development, but it’s worth a mention below there’s a lot of creativity and adventure to be had this year (so stop wasting time on excessive social media and too much Netflix, woman!).
Camping – go camping at least three times outside of our race trips. We have one planned in Feb, and our usual July 4th trip, so this means at least one other weekend for funsies. I’d also like to go at least one new place that will lend itself well to pretty pictures.
Vacations – besides camping, our current plans are a 9 day cruise in April, either Cleveland or some other out of town triathlon over the summer, and TWO weeks in Bonaire.
Gaming – read the entire D&D player handbook and expand my knowledge there, continue to get into and enjoy my silly Bard character who seems to also be a vehicle for self-discovery, for reals reach max level on the games I work on by the end of the year, play more games for research even if I just spend an evening checking them out, and host at least a QUARTERLY game night with friends (and take the opportunity to play more at work during off hours).
Painting – I’m roadblocked here, and I’m not quite sure why. I want to finish my fish before it’s a year old, start another one, and then do it as often as it’s fun.
Music – I LOVE that I’ve finally picked this up again. I learned a Christmas Song (Carol of the Bells), and I’m still working on another one with actual singing as well (Colorblind). I have the next one picked out as well, but I’m not letting myself go ADD on music. I want to focus on one song until I can play it without errors and pauses. I want to post at least one “performance” publicly (aka, a video on Youtube/Facebook/Insta) because the idea of it scares the shit out of me.
Videos – I miss doing my one take videos. I want to do a few more of these as the inspiration and motivations strike. My husband and I actually talked about making some sort of very short film (not a one take) at some point, so perhaps we’ll focus on that as well.
Writing – While above I’ve focused on non-fiction, I’ve had a BLAST exploring fiction and different writing styles and voices as well. I definitely want to continue to do. I wrote a sci-fi adventure over the holiday and also have been writing in my D&D character’s voice. Moar of this, and I think I have some ideas for opportunities to indulge in this.
Photography – continue to take every opportunity to take footage and work on my editing. Continue to learn photography and editor techniques. I want to get back on the horse and submit more stock photos to the sites where I’m accepted (and learn more about hashtagging and how to make them more visible for sales). I’d also like to set up an online gallery that’s not just my facebook page.
Cycling Adventures – I want to continue to have some rides where I put my camera in my jersey pocket, and venture out on two wheels with the only goals being pretty pictures and beautiful things, not watts.
And last but not least… adulting. It’s literally three things and a small monthly organizational project and some of them simply involve paying someone to do a thing. I CAN DO THIS!
- Financial planner. For reals. We will pay off our house soon (about 2 years) and we will have some decisions to make at that point. We need some guidance.
- Replace our garage doors.
- Tear down the bush in the backyard and replace the fence.
- Pick one manageable-sized organization project each month and do it. The pantry took like an hour and irked me for 6 months before I did it. The initial list is:
- Pick up the pain cave room and fix the broken bike racks
- Go through our closets and pack up/donate the stuff that doesn’t fit anymore
- Organize the movie/game racks
- Finally sell and move the giant terrarium that takes up a corner of our living room
- Organize the office
- Etc, etc. Continue this with one a month all year knowing the projects will need to be reaaaaally small during 70.3 season.
In summary, my overall goal is to build on the courage, confidence, and worthiness I started to cultivate in 2018. 2019, you’re looking pretty awesome already, let’s get this show on the road, shall we?