2011 Goals Recap
|December 28, 2011||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
It was a year of setting too many goals, getting sidelined, and not achieving everything I set out to do.
I’m most definitely someone who does not do well with failing to meet my goals. But I’m also not someone that sets safe, easy goals. I don’t like to set out to PR a distance I know is in the bag, I like to set out to PR a distance by 45 minutes if I think it will challenge me…so I guess sometimes I have to learn to cope with the failure that comes with this mindset.
So let’s just rip this bandaid off and talk about what I did and (mostly) didn’t do in 2011.
1) Crush a sub 3:20 marathon. Sigh…2012 2012 2012 epic comeback 2012 2012 2012
3) PR my 5k with a sub 20:30. The one running goal I achieved and the one I cared the least about: Love the Run You’re With 5k PR in February
1) Finish my first Ironman. CHECK! I actually think I should get 140.6 checks for this goal, definitely the defining achievement of 2011.
2) Race a 5:15 half ironman. Yeah, this is what I mean with the whole PR v PR by 45 minutes thing. I raced a 5:24 at Kinetic and was super proud of it. So fail, but a proud fail.
4) Get my swim pace down to a 1:30 for races. Fail.
5) Get my bike pace over 20mph for Olympic distance races. 19 mph for Halfs. (Ironman I’m just going to try and survive the distance without collapsing off Big Red) Fail, fail, win. I reached 18.57 for my half distance and I can’t even bring myself to look up my Olympic pace.
General racing goals:
1) Race once every calendar month. And by race I mean participate. As I continue to recover from the Stress Fractures From Hell I will be unable to really race. Another sigh. I did this until October. November and December became casualties of the whole broken foot thing.
2) Podium in both running and tri races. Tri fail, running win. I placed at more than a few running races. Can this count as achieving multiple goals?
3) Complete at least 5 races this year with friends or family. Convert as many friends as possible to become fellow sweat-ers. BIG WIN. I don’t think I did any races without friends or family.
1) Recover from my current injury. ASAP.Well, I did recover from this specific injury ASAP…2012 is the year of no injuries (knock on wood times a billion).
2) Learn how to change a bike tire. I wish I was kidding. Check. Implement during a race? Fail.
3) Complete my first century ride. (During IMLP does not count) Check!
4) Become a yogi. (Ha. That’s so not happening. BUT I would like to attend one yoga or pilates class a week. That seems far more attainable.) Okay, so “yogi” maybe not. But I have become a pilates addict and go way more than once a week. Thank you, broken foot, for doing something productive for my life.
5) Become more involved in my local tri club. I say this all the time and I never actually do it. THIS is the year. Well, I might not be more involved with the actual club, but I befriended, trained with and hung out with a lot of club members. I think this counts as a big fat check.
6) Volunteer 4 times this year. Fail. Sorry, sport, I promise I’ll give back to you at some point. I personally think cheerleading in my sparkly best at three separate marathons this Fall (New York, Philly, and Vegas) counts as a service to runners…
7) Strength train three times a week. Definite improvement, definite work to be done.
8) Continue to make training and racing a social thing. At least once a week I want to swim, bike or run with friends. I want to increase my circle of athletic bffs and meet/see more of you all as I travel around the country to race and train. I am definitely counting this as a check, even if I didn’t do it EVERY week. I went to a lot of places around the country including NYC, Oregon, California and Lake Placid to race and train with my athletic besties.
9) Do not let Ironman training take over my life. Continue to work hard play hard like a champ. Half check. Ironman training finally showed this work hard/play hard girl, that sometimes there is such a thing as too much sweat to have energy left for fun in your life. Skipping my five year college reunion and many Friday nights on the couch would contest any claim I try to make to count this as a goal win.
once a week twice a month. 2012 is the year I stop trying to pretend I’m even a little bit domestic.
Soooo 2011. Could have been better, but could have been a lot worse.
After all, in 2011 I became a mother effing Ironman. Have I mentioned that before?
And honestly, that alone makes it a win of a year.
Up next, 2012/Epic Comeback goals! Get excited, as my man Tony the Tiger would say, these are gonna be GRRRRREAT!