Otherwise known as 2011 is half over. Argh! It has certainly flown. So, as we’re at a halfway point in the year (again, how did that happen so fast?), let’s evaulate our progress on 2011 goals, shall we?
1. First and foremost, I need to get a handle on my free time. I spend most of my weeknights just dorking on social media because it’s easy, I haven’t had a chance to look at it all day – and then all of a sudden it’s bedtime and I’ve done nothing. I’d like to start with a goal to not have my nose in my lappy all the time. I’d like to make one weeknight per week a reading night (no laptop after dinner), and 1 day per week gaming (again, no laptop after dinner). I need to accept that I don’t need to read EVERY tweet or facebook update if I don’t have time. I love keeping in touch with people, but if they care that much, they can @ me or tag me.
I’ve done better. I spend a lot of time dorking online, and I haven’t been the best game player. However, I have definitely taken down more books this year than I have since I was in college, and if you only count “for fun” reading, probably since I was a young teen. I’ve sort of cut time by no longer reading blogs through my reader, but just waiting for the links to appear on twitter. If you have a blog that is awesome and stuff, add me on twitter – @quixotique. Also, I like to say random stupid stuff sometimes…
2. Race goals –
-I’d like a new half marathon PR (goal – 2:05). I’d love a sub 2 hour, but improvement is all I care about
I haven’t done a half this year. Planning on a half in October and one in January so we’ll see.
-I’d also like to feel that I could run 10 miles at any time (do at least 1 double digit run per month)
Decided to back off on this, to test the theory about my appetite being very very connected (also, having a back injury for about 2 months on and off didn’t help). I get a lot less RUNGRY, but I don’t think I’ll ever be one of those “pick at my food” types. Picking the distances back up now for a fall half though, so I may just finish the year this way…
-Do another sprint and olympic triathlon, PR at least 1
Decided to not do an olympic this year, and I’ve already SMASHED my sprint paces, with one more chance later this year to obliterate it even more.
-I’d like to attack my 5k, 5 mile, and/or 10k PR
This did not go so well. No 10k or 5 mile yet, and the only 2 5ks have been slow. If I can FIND a 10k, I’ll PR the shit out of it, but haven’t raced one in over 2 years (not since my 3rd race ever)
-Do a trail half marathon/duathalon in one weekend
This would be not smart to do with a road bike. Instead, I’m doing a sprint tri and half marathon within 8 days. I believe this sufficiently proves my badassness for the year.
-Do each workout in the new tri training book at least once
I’ve been training shorter, so I’ve been slacking on this book. However, it might be worth picking it back up once a week or so. I’ve gotten through just about all of the off season workouts, but haven’t done many of the tempo/speed ones.
-Do a destination race outside Texas (any distance)
Probably not going to happen now. We had picked Portland, but due to time constraints, we’d barely have enough time to spend 2 days in the city, which is not worth the plane ride/fare. There is a small chance we *might* be able to do one in NOLA, but we’ll see.
-Adapt these as I see fit next year… the goal is mainly to get better at the distances I’ve do
I’ve done a billion races this year. It’s been fun, but when you’re racing once every few weeks at the minimum, it’s hard to get good quality training in. The latter half of the year, I’m spending being more choosy. One tri, one half, a 5 miler, and MAYBE a 5 or 10k that I’ll take seriously, but that’s it!!!
3. Weight Loss/Maintenance goals – get down to and maintain 150 by summer. Once i get down to 15o, never go above 155… that will allow me to fit in all my clothes, still have flexibility to gain a little during race training that I can easily lose after, and once I get there, feel super fit, awesome, and hot while not being a weight I have to only eat celery to maintain.
Yep, I’ve been stuck here too. This is why I’m seeing the nutritionist this week. I’m kinda pissed at myself that I’ve made literally ZERO progress in 6 months, but it’s a huge sign that I NEED HELP. Hopefully when I look back at the end of the year this will be a big check mark.
3b. Continue with strength training, yoga, and things that don’t immediately contribute to torching tons of calories or race training but definitely helps build definition, makes me look thinner, and most importantly, helps me improve my race times.
Doing well with strength lately…although I always and still feel like it cuts into my valuable cardio time. I’d love some advice from the peanut gallery – what do you feel is the minimum time commitment to strength training to keep an endurance athlete going? Don’t care so much about being ripped or visible muscles or upping weights – just to keep myself strong and fit and injury free. 1 hour per week? 2? I’ve been averaging somewhere between the 2, focusing on 1-2 body parts per day for about 30 mins, cramming as many reps and exercises as I can in as fast as possible. 🙂 Have not wanted to go back to Yoga or weights class since I hurt myself in both. Call me gun shy.
4. Continue with my job in the same position at the same company continuing to improve, grow, and become a better producer capable of handling more things with more ease. I have much more specific goals here but that’s about all I’ll say publicly.
Keeping my head above water here even with things being crazy busy, and learning the ins and outs of being a good boss, manager, and balancing the creative with the logical. I’m not going to be perfect in a year, but it’s a process.
5. More one liners:
-Smoke less. Continue to allow smokes only with alcohol, and I’d like to get to the point where I can take it or leave it.
Getting there. I can do a beer or a few glasses of wine, or 1-2 drinks, but not all night. Someday.
-Less hangovers. I hate getting one of my weekend days eaten being laid out on the couch. I just need to quit just BEFORE that switch flips where it’s on like donkey kong and all of a sudden it’s 10am and I feel like death warmed over.
Giving up diet soda REALLY helped here lately, vodka with soda water makes me rarely have issues the next morning. Sometimes when I *really* try it does though.
-Pay off the car (January), pay off Zliten’s college loan (August), and continue to meet our savings goal of 1k per month.
Car is now my own. We may not have the loan paid off by August, but definitely by the end of the year. We’ve actually just about already hit our savings goal, and have actually rolled some of it into higher interest investments. Doing great here.
-Visit one new city I’ve never seen before. Denver? NYC? Seattle? Portland?
While Portland isn’t panning out, I guess I can say I’ve visited Roatan, Honduras and Belize City, Belize, as well as Houston (not exotic, but still new to me). In December, we’ll hit Montego Bay, Jamaica. These are all new!
-Begin one new major house renovation. Failing that, start planning and budgeting for it and establish a timeline (windows, bathrooms, counters, etc).
We are totally pricing out windows right now. We’re considering options – aka replacement (cheaper) or new (more expensive, but don’t screw up our full wall view that made us fall in love with the house…)
-Find something that makes me happy that is not goal oriented. Some people knit. Not to be the best knitter and to make x scarves per week and improve by March to be onto stripes instead of solids, but simply because they enjoy the act of it. Same with Zliten and reading. I’d like to find mine.
Hmmm. Right now, life is making me happy. I’m not sure exactly what I was aiming for here, but I think the thing that makes me most happy is having awesome adventures with my Zliten.
-Continue to do things that frighten/excite/challenge me (like trapeze lessons or flight lessons) and continue to pick out of the hat – the whole life goal of one truly memorable thing per month.
Flight lessons next month. 🙂 No hat picking, but definitely don’t feel like I’m lacking here.
So in summary, doing a great job with a lot, but still have major progress to make in some areas. I’m pretty sure these things start with making #3 a priority. So, time to really do that.
How are your resolutions/goals for 2011 going? What do YOU need to focus on in the next 6 months?