Monday, December 31, 2012

2013 To Do List ...

So, it's that time of year again. The time when everyone suddenly decides that it's time to finally stop procrastinating and set some goals. And I love it, I really do. I think that change is good and that people need something to give them a swift kick in the butt.

However, resolutions really aren't my thing. It's too easy to give up on a resolution. When I decide that I want to do something, I find a way to make it happen. Yes, there are roadblocks at times. And yes, sometimes my timelines don't work out. But, it is extremely rare for me to set out to do something and NEVER accomplish it. I'm just not a quitter. It's not in my nature.

And that's why I make a To Do List. If it's on my list, I'll make sure it gets done (well, mostly anyway). Just like I wouldn't skip an appointment on my daily list, I'm not going to skip the things on my "Big Picture" list either. Also, this list format, let's me add things as I go.

So, as of today, December 31th, here is my 2013 To Do List:

  • 140.6. That is all.
  • Make time for strength training. Don't let training loads eliminate strength workouts completely. And stick to strength training in a group, it keeps you accountable.
  • Switch to time-based/HR training. Despite my knowledge of training paces, I have a hard time sticking to them. I'm hoping this will help me train more effectively.
  • Log 4,500 cumulative run, bike and swim miles. Up 485 from 2012.
  • Race a 10K with a finish time much faster than your very dated current PR of 53:17. I never managed to register for a 10K in 2012 and I'm not sure where it will fit in this year, but it's on my radar.
  • Set a new PR in the Half Marathon, currently 1:57:06. I totally blew this one in 2012 and will likely only have one good shot at it in 2013.
  • Run a 5K with Dizzle and Doodle, even if that means tricking them into it.
  • Eat like a gluten-free athlete. After struggling with health issues much of 2012, removing the gluten has been key in alleviating the symptoms. Don't be swayed by the lure of wheat. Or cake.
  • Find the race day (and training) nutrition plan that works for me. 
  • Consume no more than 18 desserts from Shyndigz. This number worked well in 2012 and helped me cut back on my serious cake addiction. Plus, their gluten-free menu is limited, so I shouldn't be tempted as often.
  • Drink at least 100oz of water per day.
  • Only say yes to the projects you REALLY want to work on. An honest no is much better than a halfhearted yes.
  • Stick to our budget. We've lived credit card (and credit card debt) free for three months. No reason to go back now.
  • Ignore your impulses. Take time to process the true value of the things you are filling your space/life with.
  • Figure out what to do with my hair. Keep the mohawk or grow it out. I'm taking opinions on this one.
  • Continue to balance family life, training and now, work.
  • Prioritize and be a good example for the people in your life.
  • Help and support J and the kids in reaching their goals. We are a team and that must always be the primary focus of our lives. No one should have to sacrifice so that someone else can reach their goal. If a balance can't be found, it's not worth pursuing.


Katie said...

Did I miss you signing up for 140.6? :)

H Love said...

140.3 and keeping fam priority. Huge Like!!!!!

Jason said...

I am with Katie on this.....which 140.6 did you register for?

Unknown said...

I think I know when you are going to attempt your HM PR. Yeah! Can't wait to see it.

Marlene said...

Did you register?? You are sneaky!

Happy New Year!

Rene' said...

nice list! i think that you should grow your hair out a bit. It has been short for awhile.
As far as the 140.6, can't wait to follow your training. xoxoxo!!!!

Kayla said...

Can't wait til you accomplish your 140.6! You had a great 2012 and you're going to have a great 2013!!! I'm excited to follow your progress!!

giraffy said...

I love the mohawk. It's a keeper.

Michele @ Running for Oreos said...

140.6! Awesome! I can't wait to follow you on that journey!!

Mohawk, although I've only been following you recently, but the mohawk is a keeper!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

This should come as no surprise at this point...

140.6? With ya' all the way!!

Why would you get rid of the mohawk?!

Awesome job with the credit card! And I'm somewhat jealous of the gluten-free goal. I would love to do that, but admit I am very unsure of where to start. If you really do it, know that I will be watching closely for tips!

Here's to a killer 2013!!

Rachel said...

Sneaky, T!! Signing up for a 140.6 and not saying anything.. :) I need to get started on my 2013 goal list.. I know you will rock yours!!

Anonymous said...

WOw, an Ironman!!! YOu rock!!!