Now that half the year has passed (can you believe it’s July!?!) and I’ve accomplished my #1 goal of the year, I thought it’d be a good time to reassess where I am on my other 2012 goals and make some plans to complete them and/or change them.
Goal #1 – Finish Ironman Coeur D’Alene. Check! Race report starts here.
Goal #2 – Run a sub-1:45 half marathon. I am currently registered for the America’s Finest City Half Marathon which is August 19. I have yet to get back to running after the Ironman and I don’t foresee myself having a TON of time to train for this race, but it is “only” a half marathon and I think that my endurance and stamina has increased significantly so I could possibly squeak this one out at AFC. I plan to do the majority of my running during the week since my weekends are pretty booked but I also plan to incorporate some speed work (once I’m fully recovered from IM that is) and run hills, since the finish line of AFC is right after a pretty significant climb. The last two years that I ran this race I cursed that hill and vowed to get better at running them. If the sub 1:45 doesn’t happen at AFC, I’ve entertained the idea of adding a 2nd half marathon in November to the schedule, most likely the Silver Strand Half Marathon in Coronado.
Goal #3- Complete P90X2. Last Fall when P90X2 went on pre-sale, I purchased it despite the fact that I wouldn’t be able to actually complete the program for at least 6 months. Since I”m a Beachbody Coach I was given free shipping and some other perks during pre-sale so it was worth the early purchase. Mike and I have had the intention to complete the program start to finish, just like we did P90X, but I have a feeling this one is going to get put on the back burner. I do plan to do the workouts, but I’m not sure that we’ll be following the strict 90 day plan. This one is still TBD. I definitely plan to focus on strength training for the next 6 months, however, so I know I will be utilizing the P90X2 workouts.
Goal #4 – Run a Sub 3:50 Marathon. Check! At the Surf City Marathon in February I ran 3:49:36. Race report here.
Goal # 5 – Podium at a Triathlon. While it would be wonderful to place in my age group at a triathlon, we all knew that wasn’t going to happen at any M-Dot event. So, this goal would require that I do a more local triathlon. I had the intention of doing the San Diego Classic, an Olympic distance event, but now I’m questioning if I want to pay the $185 entry fee to compete. I’m still on the fence on whether or not I will have another triathlon on the books in 2012, so this goal may have to be postponed until next year (although next year I enter the 30-35 age group which is even more competitive!!! I’m born on Dec 25 so although I will be 29 for all but 6 days of 2013, I will still have to race as a 30-year-old thanks to USAT rules). I’m also not sure that my speed is where it needs to be to podium again – it would have to depend on the field that chooses to race that event. At the end of the day, I really compete in triathlons to have fun anyway and this goal isn’t that important to me.
The Rest of 2012 …
So what does the rest of 2012 hold? Well in addition to all the fun wedding events and a trip to Belize with Mike in November, I plan to focus primarily on strength training via P90X and P90X2 and running. Next year my big goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon, and the rest of this year will be preparation for that goal. I am going to aim to continue to swim and bike at least one time a week (starting in August at the earliest) to maintain that fitness as well.
As for another Ironman – it won’t be in 2013 but I wouldn’t count it out yet. It will depend on what life throws us!
What are your plans for the rest of 2012? Have your goals changed over the course of the year?