2012 Goals and Race Schedule

2011 was a big year and I have a feeling 2012 is going to be even better. I have some big goals for 2012 and I have hired some of the best people to help reach those goals. I’m excited to say that I will be working with a kick ass personal training throughout the winter on strength training and losing some weight. And the big news is that starting in January I will be working with an amazing triathlon coach to help me reach my goals in 2012!

Goals

1. Improve my run – Running is my weakest discipline and my least favorite. To be honest, I’ll try to do anything to get out of running. I have come a very long way since I first started and I attribute that to my run coach/mentor and training group, SheJAMs. There are days that I actually like running, imagine that! However, I still have a love/hate relationship with it, hence why it is my main focus over the winter into early triathlon season. It’s the reason I loose every race. I just need to keep telling myself “I love running, I love running, I love running….” (and please feel free to remind me that when I seem to forget!)

2. Loose some weight and body fat percentage – Endurance sports can be a numbers game. You perform better when your leaner and meaner. My goal is to reach that place with my body. I’ve been pretty steady with my weight over the past few years. Apparently my body has found it’s “happy” weight, but it’s not where I want to be or where my race weight should be. In order to reach my goal weight I plan to work with my trainers and coach on my fitness and also play around with different meal plans/”diets” (I put diets in quotation because I feel it’s not like a weight lost diet such as Weight Watchers or Atkins, or etc., but more of a way of eating for training and fueling for tough workouts). I need to learn what works for my body and listen to it!

3. Build strength and flexibility – Currently I’m having some hip issues that are in the process of being fixed. The reason I have the problem is because my muscles are so tight. I’ve never been a flexible person. In college we were required to take a gym class. We went through basic fitness testing before and after the course. Part of the testing was a flexibility test. You sat on your butt with your legs out in front of you and reached forward like you were going to touch your toes and the tester would measure how far you could reach. The tester made fun of me because I pretty much failed. I might not have the flexibility, but I totally would have kicked that girl’s butt in anything else! I’ve started to do yoga and have already seen a huge difference in my body and I hope to continue taking classes 1-2x a week throughout the winter. I just began working with an awesome personal trainer to kick my butt into shape. I need core strength, which is uber important in endurance sports. Plus, strength training helps reduce your body fat and increases your muscle mass. My goal is to do strength training/boot camp 2-3x a week at least through January or until my base training mileage ramps up.

4. Have fun – I’m competitive by nature. I like to win. Scratch that, I love to win. I especially love to place on the podium in my races, but the most important thing on race day (and even training) is to have fun!

Tentative Schedule for 2012

4/7/12 – Race the Runways Half-Marathon
5/5/12 – Tough Mudder VT (maybe)
5/19/12 – Tri for the Y
6/10/12 – Pirate Tri
7/8/12 – Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island (although I hear it goes through the ghetto and I’m a little afraid of that. Might be the Patriot Half in June in Mass. instead)
July – Peaks to Portland
8/26/12 – REV3 OOB HIM (target A race)
9/23/12 – Mt Sunapee Tri (Oly or Sprint)

Of course everything is subject to change. Tough Mudder probably won’t happen. I’m afraid that I might get hurt and with two big 70.3 races I’m not sure I want to risk the injury. I definitely plan to watch all the crazy people to do it! I’m hoping to also throw some Time Trials in there too when I get a Tri/TT bike.

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