I admit that I am THE worst goal setter of all time. It’s not that I don’t follow through with goals, ok it’s that too, but it’s mostly that I just don’t bother setting any real ones. First of all, they stress me out. Looking at mileage numbers for the year gives me sweaty palms. Second, I never make time to track the goals I make in the first place and I lose all sense of goals come mid-February. Go me. Third, I normally set some abstract goals, like “be a better person” or “don’t crap your pants during a run again” but I think that’s where I am falling short. I need to be more specific.
Since I’ve been blog stalking every one’s goals and what not I was trying to think of a way that I could work on goal keeping without it becoming overwhelming and making me feel like a loser if I can’t keep them all up throughout the year. I’m not sure I can actually do this but I will at least start by writing them down and reviewing them with my monthly stats post. If they just all of the sudden just disappear, you’ll know I said eff that shiz ate Taco Bell. Heh.
Ok. Here they are, in no particular order:
1. Goal: Eat at home more. To achieve it: Try to cook dinner at least three times per week.
2. Goal: Bring lunch to work more. To achieve it: Maybe three times per week on this one too?
3. Goal: Read more. Oh, dear lord, I need this. I love reading. I’m thinking this is going to be tough come serious Ironman training time but I’ll see what I can do. To achieve it: Not sure. Buy books? Poop more? Any tips here guys?
4. Goal: Ride. My. Bike. This goes without saying because I stand to make up the most ground on the bike this year. I want to commit to at least three times per week on the bike. The trainer totally counts. To achieve it: Hire triathlon coach who requires weekly reports. HOORAY! I already did this. Get used to me talking about Navy Steve again. He’s going to make me ride my bike. A lot.
5. Goal: Strength train. To achieve it: I’m working this out still. Possibly hire a personal trainer, work with friends who are trainers, or find some sort of classes that help me out.
6. Goal: Save money. To achieve it: See goals 1 & 2. And also, pay myself first. No more buying magazines every time I grocery shop!
I think that’s enough. I think these are manageable. I think the hardest ones are going to be number one through six.
Happy New Year!
Jesica reads her kindle on the trainer! That's killing two of these birds with one stone! She balances her kindle on the aero bars. Your goals are great! The strength training is so tough. I vote the personal trainer or making a habit of one class per week. That's what I'm hoping to do. Ah! So much this year.
cook just a little more for dinner so you have leftovers for lunch the next day. Solved that problem! My work here is done
I am totally working on the eat at home/work more thing. I really need to stop eating out so much, like really.
I read a ton, wanna be nerds together?
I'm still laughing at Trex.
My only goals are races everything else is on a day by day basis!
I like your goals. Strength training will be a great compliment to Ironman training. It helped me a lot during 70.3 training. I agree with Meghan above about reading on the trainer. It passes the time. Im still working on my goals. Maybe I'll just steal yours? 😉
I've read books on my ipad while on the trainer, but I tend to just phone it in when I'm doing that. I definitely need to strength train more too – I kinda look like that T-rex there.
Look like some great goals! All the best for 2014..
Goal 8: ROCK IRONMAN CHATTANOOGA!!
Oh, and for help reading books, join a book club. At least if you don't read a book, you could talk about it with your girlfriends. And drink wine. Lots of wine.
We're reading Sisterland. Join us!
You left off a goal: finish your first ironman! Training and racing Chatt is going to be a major life event. I put it on my list.
Those are all good goals though. Achievable, measurable, you're setting yourself up for success there.
I think you can totally crush all those goals. And those pics you chose are fantastic and just made my night!
One easy step to reaching your goals — putting them out there! 🙂 I like strength training — and soon will have that fancy CPT soon — I'll help! Does Lloyd have any goals? Maybe set a new record time of tearing apart a new toy??
I don't know, "don't crap your pants" seems pretty clear and straightforward 🙂 I think the strength training would definitely help with the IM. Maybe just seek out a simple plan you can follow and do it a few times a week. Triathlon is expensive enough without hiring a personal trainer too! (I am thinking KC could probably give you something to get started)
I still haven't written my 2014 goals + intentions yet! Yours are great! As for reading… maybe set a goal to read one book a month? I try to do that, but it does get tough with IM training. Speaking of… add that to your list, too! Have fun training and racing with a smile! 🙂
Good goals, lady! The bike one is important. That was one of my big goals this year and riding more (including dreaded tempo and speed rides) really pays off. As Meghan shared above, reading my kindle on the trainer really did make the torture go by more quickly. Looking forward to following your training in 2014! xo
LOL you buy the grocery store mags? Those could count toward Goal #3 though…