So this is my 2007 wrap-up and 2008 goals post all in one – and a few days later then the rest of the blogosphere. Cause really – ya’ll got your fill of reading the resolutions and goal posts last week, so I figured I’d give ya a little breathing room before I doused ya with a few more bulleted lines.
Oh…I don’t really do resolutions. Specific goals to me are more trackable and attainable.
Here’s 2007 in under a dozen bullets. Not bad for someone who usually has long rambling posts, ehh? I can write bulleted lists like no other.
- I ran a lot last winter…rain or snow. And it helped a lot.
- I ran a 1:17 10-miler race in April, and then dropped it down to 1:06 in October.
- I figured out how to swim across a pool (seriously) back in April
- And then I figured out how to pedal a road bike (more serious)
- Following which I did my first triathlon in the Seafair Tri, and then three more
- During my first 70.3 two months later, I slid in with a 5:21 time
- I started blogging
- In the Nation’s Tri (an Oly), I almost hit the elusive 40 minute 10K mark, just shy by 12 seconds…if only I had known.
- I dropped my marathon time down to 3:21 – from 4:20 – far exceeding my expectations
- I then dropped my half-marathon time from a 1:49 to a 1:37 and then down again to a 1:26 – still short of my goal 1:23 time though. But enough to take Top 10 in my AG out of 400. Ending the year on a positive note. Woot!
So I have a few (ok, perhaps a lot) of 2008 goals. Many of them are somewhat self-fulfilling though. Meaning, if I run a 36-minute 10K, doing a 60 minute ten miler really isn’t that much harder.
Yes, I’m a type-A personality – and yes it’s a long list of goals. But I’m a goal oriented person. I check off the goal and move onto the next, enjoying the ride along the way. Simple as that.
- Run a 36 minute 10K
- This might be the hardest goal overall, but then again…maybe not. Yes I have a plan…no I don’t know if it will work.
- Break under the 59:59 for a 10-miler
- It’s a numbers thing really…no particular purpose.
- Run a sub-1:23 half-marathon
- This will qualify me for the New York Marathon the hard way
- Run a sub-3:10 marathon
- You know it – Boston Qualifying (BQ) time. I think out of all my goals, this is probably going to be the easiest – I finished this years MCM at 3:21 feeling pretty strong and I definitely could have gone faster.
- Finish a half-Ironman in under 4:50
- Shaving off 30 minutes from last year isn’t going to be as hard as it might appear. I’ve got 10 minutes that I spent tossing cookies last time, and 10-15 more minutes I spent with two flat tires. That really leaves me with speeding up my half-marathon splits (was 7:45) – which I’ve already taken care of (now closer to 6:30’s).
- Finish the bike portion of my Ironman in under 5.3 hours
- I’m not going to say what my full Ironman goal time is – just one segment of it. Something’s gotta be kept a secret around here.
- Run a total of at least 1,500 miles
- I ended up a few miles shy of 1,300 this year, but I didn’t really run at all during December due to some knee problemo’s.
- Bike a total of at least 4,200 miles
- 80 miles a week, well within the training plan.
- Bring my half-Ironman swim time to under 29 minutes
- This was 34 minutes this past year, 29 minutes seems quite reasonable.
- Win some race…any race really – I’ll take another 15 person race.
- Not get hurt
- ******* *o* **** (I’m not revealing what this goal is, just leaving it here for future reference, the asterisks have corresponding letters)
- Meet up with a few more bloggers!
- Have fun the whole way!