Early in January, I shared my 2015 goals with you. I have been thinking since I wrote that post how I would put those goals into action. Let’s face it you can have goals but if you don’t do anything to achieve them what is the point of them. I have already slowly started on two of them but it is time to dive head first into them. The sooner I start, hopefully the sooner I achieve them, and then the sooner I can create new ones for myself.
I will follow the programs workout schedule, which I have not had time to review yet but I can assume it is 30 minutes six days a week (totally doable!). I would love to say that I will do it in the morning before work but I just not sure that will work. I have found that when I do intense workouts in the morning I end up with migraines. (Side note: I have been prone to migraines for as long as I can remember so this is not a new occurrence. I have tried eating, not eating, eating more protein, more carbs, drinking more water, etc. to ensure I don’t get them but I am not finding anything that works. I am doctoring to see if there is anything that can explain it. So no need for concern!) Now, back to working out. I am going to try going to work earlier and heading home earlier so I can get it done before my fiancé gets home from work. If that doesn’t’ work with work, then I will have to try a new approach, just not sure what that will be.
I also started running again this week. I have been working on my races schedule for the year and I think I am getting close to a finished product. So now, I have to start focusing on training. This will be the first time I have trained without a coach. Last year, when I started training for longer distances I worked with a coach because I wasn’t sure where to start or what to do. I have learned a lot and am going to take a stab at it by myself. However, I am open to hiring a coach again if I do not see the progress I am hoping for.
I am looking forward to running but this year I will be cutting back a little bit on the running and focus more on cross training. Right now, I am thinking I will run three times per week with two runs focusing on just running for an allotted time and then one “long” run. I am hoping this gives me a good balance of work/fitness/personal life.
So the first two goals are covered! How am I going to achieve Goal 3: Complete a duathlon and/or triathlon, my stretch goal? I am going to head to the local bike shop this week to look at different bike options. This goal is so far out of my comfort zone I am really scared to get started but for me these are the good goals to have. I believe that you are not growing if you are not pushing yourself outside your comforts zones.
Once I have a good bike, I need to think about a bike trainer so I can train in the house since Minnesota is not very conducive to riding bike in the winter. If I can get those two things, I just need to train and I will be ready for a duathlon. I have my eye on the Lakeville Esprit de She Du in May. And if I want to go all the way and do a Tri, I am well on my way. I am a strong swimmer but I will have to add some water training in. I am lucky in that respect because my gym does have a pool so I will just need to find time to get there. I also have a Tri on my radar for the end of the summer which I believe gives me enough time to be trained and ready.
How are you putting your goals into action?