Yesterday’s post wrapped up the year that was 2012 for me, a pretty terrific year. My training plan and goals though were aimed truly at next season in general, so there are some looming goals to meet. I figured I would use this post to highlight my bigger goals and outline my racing season schedule as most 2013 races are scheduled and given dates. My primary goal when I started this was to complete a sprint triathlon. As I blossom into an athlete and into the world of athletics that simple goal has expanded into a much larger series of goals.
My goals for 2013 as I mentioned continue from the base goal of completing a triathlon in 2013. But, as I have gained new confidence in sport, I have added some more agressive goals to the list that I believe are truly acomplishable.
2013 Goals: New Year Style
- Complete my first triathlon
- Do a season of triathlons and properly train and prepare
- Complete a century(100 mile) bike ride
- Finish my triathlon season doing an international/Olympic distance triathlon
- Do the Kennesaw 5k series (3-5 races for acknowledgement)
- Run double digit miles
- Swim 3 miles and be able to do all 4 strokes
- Participate in a Ragnar/Dixie 200 or Bourbon Chase event (Depending on getting on a team)
- Get 5k time down close to 30 minutes
- Continue loosing weight -280 pounds end of year
- Get back and try a week long back packing trip
- Continue to progressively get in better fitness
- Turn 40 and be in the best shape of my life
Besides goals, when I started this back May 2012 I realized I had no fitness and I would need a base to build on. From that point till October my focus was on developing a level of fitness that would allow me to perform long, hard endurance workouts, a base level of fitness that a normal person should have. At that time I began to look at a bigger picture than a single triathlon, as I needed to do multiple triathlons to justify any expenses incurred on this crazy adventure. I ended up planning a season of triathlons and setting up a tentative schedule. I broke my training into phases primarily focused on building an endurance base level of fitness, often referred to as volume building. In October I started the first four week base period and at the end of this year I am wrapping up the third base phase. The plan next calls for a couple of build or high intensity phases, or additional base phases can be added instead. I have decided to continue to build a solid foundation of volume and endurance for my first year. This plan was originally started with an understanding that triathlon events that have occurred every year at the same time, rarely change and so it was established to meet the demand of the first triathlon being on March 7th. This year that triathlon was moved to April 7th and another was moved up a week or two to the middle of March. Well, it turns out a good friend of mine is getting married around that time, so my March date is now April. No biggie, just moves things around a bit. In creating this schedule my wife and I agreed that I would limit each month to one triathlon( a matter of cost) and limited 5k events.I think this has worked out as it has kept me from being too eager and do to much.
2013 Proposed Race Schedule:
– Polar Bear Run 5k
– Spring Forward Midnight 5k
– Friends Wedding
7th – Early Bird Triathlon *FIRST TRIATHLON* :400 Yard pool swim/12 mile bike/ 5k run
15th – Work Trip to Washington DC/Virginia/Maryland
18th – Tour De Cure: Century (100 mile) Ride for Diabetes (Donate now)
Allatoona Triathlon: 800 meter lake swim/18-19 mile bike/5k hilly run
Nothing planned, recoup month and get ready for second part of the season
18th – Tri To Beat Cancer Triathlon: 400 meter lake swim/14 mile bike with rolling hills/5k run
29th – Lake Lanier Triathlon: 400 meter lake swim/13 mile bike/5k run
13th- Amelia Mann Jacksonville International: 1.5k ocean swim/24 mile bike/10k
That’s pretty much the whole enchilada. I left off several 5k races as the triathlons are the bigger focus. The only uncertainty I have is dates selling out. Not sure how common this is, so I might have to register early. Of course this will depend on budget and financial availability. I believe my goals and proposed schedule for next year are aggressive enough to be challenging but not too aggressive. I think 2013 will be an amazing year. Til next time.
- 2012 The Year That Changed Everything For Me (chatterdoesfitness.wordpress.com)
- Realizations and Progress (chatterdoesfitness.wordpress.com)