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Reifying my goals

Monday, October 28, 2013

In the slow march toward completing an Olympic-distance triathlon by September 2015, I've created the following goals:
emoticon Swim twice a week
emoticon Run twice a week
emoticon emoticon One brick workout a week
emoticon Walk at lunch at least three times a week
emoticon Complete a 10K before the end of July 2014

The weekly goals are weather-dependent. I didn't run this morning because the wind is crazy bad; the wind kept me in my office at lunch today, too. (I'll probably ride home, though.) I joined a gym last Friday, so I can't get out of swimming by pointing at the weather report. (Unless it gets so bad they close the gym - that's pretty rare here.) The brick workout is easy to work in because I commute by bike several days a week: I just have to plan ahead and leave my running clothes by the front door when I leave the house in the morning.

Although I love being on my bike, I'm cutting back a little further. I swam yesterday (I'm awful at it - this is going to be a slow learning process!), and I'm going to drive home tomorrow and stop at the gym on the way home. (The Hubs doesn't get home until 6:30 or later, so if I drive to the gym and then home, I get to spend more time with the Hubs than I would if I rode my bike there.) It shouldn't be a problem to get to the gym to swim a 2-3 times a week. The same with running. If I drive home, I drive into work the next day; on those mornings, I usually run.

We'll see how the winter impacts all of this. I can run year-round (although it would appear I dislike running when the wind is blowing a steady 30 mph with 40 mph gusts). Maybe this will be the year I start riding an indoor trainer or break down and take a spin class at the gym.

In addition the the spin class, I'm thinking of taking a pilates class because I really need to strengthen my core. (Dear readers: do not suggest yoga. I detest yoga. If you suggest it, I will subject you to my tirade about why I hate yoga. Don't risk it.) I'm also pleased with the free weights area at my gym.

I'm excited about all this. Now I just need to sustain that excitement and actually go out and USE the gym.

My new laptop should be waiting for me when I get home tonight. With a laptop (as opposed to the desk top computers in our home office), I can sit on the futon and log my food intake while the Hubs watches TV. I use DietPower software. I like it a gazillion times more than the food tracker on SparkPeople, but it's a PC program so I can only use it at the computer. My weight has stagnated in the mid-180's, and I'm hopeful that going back to faithfully tracking my calorie and nutrient intake will help my get back on track with losing weight. Trust me: I do not want to run a 10K if I weigh 180 pounds!
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  • v APONI_KB
    I might check out that software. I need to do something different with my food log. I was thinking about going old school and doing a paper one. I'm on a computer all day at work and don't want to look at them when I get home. I log in whatever I ate last night the next day and oopsies that's when I find out I went over.

    I don't care for yoga either. I used to do this yoga/pilates/taichi thing twice a week and it was ok but I realized I was hunting for excuses not to go. Oh no I forgot my water bottle, best to skip today. Clearly something different was needed.
    1034 days ago
  • v DDOORN
    Great plans! Sounds like you're sure to reach those goals! :-)

    1034 days ago
  • v BILL60
    Great goals. Try to stick to it and "Do It".
    1034 days ago
  • v GHK1962
    My wife is similar - she would much rather be outside doing things (riding, swimming at the lake instead of the pool, etc.)

    It helps that the both of us are being active ... so when she does not want to go to the gym I'll prod her on ... and vice versa. Maybe you can find someone at the gym to team up with that will help make you a bit more accountable into going?

    Except on those nice sunny days of course...then all bets are off ... as we hop on our bikes! :)
    1034 days ago
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