Goals. Not Resolutions. Version 2.0

So….Happy New Year, y’all.  I know that I’m a little late to the party in saying that, but it still applies, right?  It is, after all, a new year.  Plus, this is my first post of the year.  In my mind, it’s still kosher to say Happy New Year.  In fact, seeing as how yesterday was Epiphany, I suppose I could still say Merry Christmas and get away with it. 🙂

Regardless, it’s a new year now, and like so many others I’ve put my mind to thinking about what I’d like to accomplish this year.  Certainly you’ve done similar things.  Over the past month, I’ve assembled my team at work and we’ve come up with a very aggressive list of items we’d like to accomplish during the year.  It seems that my appetite for planning multisport activities is equally as robust.  The only difference, though, is that when it comes to multisport, I typically overshoot on my goals.  Another way of saying that is that I put my stretch goals way, way, way out there.  And then I do a spectacular job of not meeting those stretch goals.

Take 2012, for example.  In this post, I laid out some very tangible goals.  I thought that I had done a really good job of laying out targets.  They were measurable.  Attainable. Potentially realistic.  Time bound.  I followed my B-school teachings and set S.M.A.R.T. goals.  So, how’d I do against those goals?

TriMadness’ 2012 Multisport Goals:

  • Obtain a new personal best for an Olympic Distance tri.  Current PR is 3:00.  Target is 2:45.xx  Nope.  Didn’t race an Oly in 2012.
  • Obtain a new personal best for a half-iron distance tri.  Current PR is 6:37.  Target is 5:50.xx  Nope.  Thanks to Hurricane Sandy cruising by and stirring up the waves (hence canceling the swim at Rev3 Florida), my only half-iron race became a long-course duathlon. 
  • Run a sub-8:00 mile.  In training.  In a race.  Doesn’t matter where.  Just do it prior to year-end.  Check! (Almost).  I ran a 8:05 mile in a run over the summer.  Felt amazing.  Haven’t repeated it since, even though I’ve been close.
  • Break 2:00 in a half-marathon.  Target race is the Outback Distance Classic on Thanksgiving day – but would certainly take it in a half-iron tri, too :-)Nope.  Didn’t happen at Rev3 FL, and I didn’t run any other half marathons in 2012.  Save this goal for 2013.
  • Swim 50 * 50 before 4/1.  Check.
  • Swim 75 * 75 before 6/1.  Check
  • Swim 100 * 100 before 9/1.  Nope.  Not even close.
  • Swim at least 250,000 yards in 2012.  Got about half-way.  107,640 yards.  Need to be more diligent about swimming.  BUT, the silver lining here is that I got in more yards in 2012 than in 2009 when I competed in not one, but two Ironman races.
  • Bike at least 1600 miles in 2012.  Again – about half way.  835.5 miles.
  • Run at least 750 miles in 2012.  Woefully short.  399.14 miles.

So overall, not too bad I suppose.  2012 was a busy, busy year for me at work and with family stuff.  And frankly, in terms of pecking order – those two things come first for me.  I’ll gladly sacrifice a run or ride (or even a race or two – which happened in 2012) to do family related things.  It’s about doing the right thing and having the right priorities.

All that being said, and knowing what’s in store for 2013, I’ve again gone through the S.M.A.R.T. process for goal setting.  I’m carrying over a few goals from last year.  I am also adding a few race-specific goals that I’d like to accomplish as well.

So without further ado, here are:

TriMadness’ 2013 Multisport Goals:

  • Obtain a new personal best for an Olympic Distance tri.  Current PR is 3:00.  Target is 2:45.xx  (Carried over from 2012)
  • Obtain a new personal best for a half-iron distance tri.  Current PR is 6:37.  Target is 5:50.xx  (Carried over from 2012)
  • Obtain a new personal best for a full-iron distance tri (at Rev3 Cedar Point).  Current PR is molasses slow 15:17.  I’d really like to knock off 2 hours on that.
  • Swim 100 yards in 1:30 or faster on a consistent basis.  That would be a huge accomplishment for me, as it would take about a :10 drop to get there.
  • Break 2:00 in a half-marathon. 
  • Swim 100 * 100 before the end of the year.   
  • Swim at least 200,000 yards in 2013. 
  • Bike at least 1500 miles in 2013. 
  • Run at least 750 miles in 2013.

So.  There you have it.  It’s on paper (again), so I have to do it, right?

Happy training!

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