Swimming today!! 6 laps (300 yards, 900 feet) without stopping, 6 laps with stops. 1800 feet is almost 1/3 mile. Am I doing this to any purpose? I think we won’t know until the end of March. The first three laps were very good, the 4th lap was messy, and the last two laps were laps. Gad I hope I’m getting better.
Lifted weights. I spend every second dressing for and driving to the gym not wanting to go. I spend every second that I’m lifting weights (using weight machines) wanting to stop. But it only takes about 30 minutes and then I can go down and swim, something else I don’t want much to do by seem not to complain about so much in my head. And there’s so much more prep work for swimming.
What are my 2014 goals. As I look over my Life List from each of the past six years, I realize I need to go back to the “old” style for inspiration. In 2008-10, I had lots of goals/tasks for the year. During those years I didn’t do everything I set out to do, but I did a lot of them. In 2011-13 I had one or two word goals for the year. But if you fail or succeed early, the whole year could seem like a wash. In 2012 my words were Lighter and Faster — but I was lighter and faster in March, so maintaining focus the rest of the year was difficult.
Thoughts about goals for 2014 …
(1) lose 19 pounds, (2) keep it off, (3) balance training fueling and weight management, (4) try cycling, (5) do a tri, (6) go sub-6 in the full, (7) do 2:45 in the half, (8) go to Italy (after France), (9) go fly fishing, and (10) sign up for piano, again.
(1) Lose 19 pounds. I’ve been trying to lose 10 pounds ALL YEAR. At the start of December I signed up for a very low calorie, shake-based, medically supervised program at UCI. I’m down 8 pounds during December. I’d like to get the 19 off by the end of February, which is probably too aggressive. Maybe by the end of March.
(2) Keep it off. If I have to do a very low calorie, shake-based diet during December every year to maintain this weight, I WILL. I don’t care about the holiday foods all that much.
(3) Balance Training Fueling and Weight Management. This is much trickier. There was a time I ate all my expended calories in after-race junk (Clif bars, bagels, etc). I don’t do that anymore. But I don’t have good stomach/brain communication, so when I realize I’m hungry, I’m ‘way past rational decision making. During December I’ve had to be VERY thoughtful about what I’m eating and when to train. I need to be that thoughtful all the time moving forward.
(4) Try cycling. At the recommendation of my doctor. And to get me off my feet part of the time. And I have a built-in cycling expert. Two. Well, actually, lots and lots. Silly not to take advantage of all that expertise around me.
(5) Do a Tri. Maybe. If I’m not scared on the bike. And if I can swim more than 6 50-yard laps, three good.
(6) Go sub-6 in the full. In the fall. Pick a good course (Berlin would be great, but no coach) and go for it.
(7) Go 2:45 in the half. I can do this if I can manage the bathroom stops.
(8) Go to Italy (after France). Do the research. Maybe just spend a week in Rome. Who had that good tour guide name??? I LOVE the food in France. I assume I’ll love the food in Italy.
(9) Go Fly Fishing. Go at least once other than the week at Mammoth.
(10) Sign up for piano again.
Look this happy as much as possible. (Hang around with Stacey more?)