Happy New Year! I am blowing the dust off this blog and starting 2015 off with a renewed promise to write more often on this site. 2014 was a great year for me personally and professionally. I did the biggest deal of my life, bought a house, replaced my old clunker with my dream car and ended the year with a huge step in my career by taking a new job. It was also a year of disappointments in my athletic endeavors.
After surgery on my foot early in the year, I never fully recovered mentally. I did some training here and there...did a handful of races...but didn't have much enjoyment in any of it. As a result, I packed on the pounds.
This time of the year is typically when I go on a frenzy of signing up for races. I have done a ton of research on races, training plans and philosophies of training. I have officially registered for 1 race...a half marathon in April. I've also done a lot of reflecting on what made 2014 so challenging for me in my training and racing.
After all of this research and reflection, I've come up with a few resolutions:
-My main focus needs to be on my diet. I have got to get rid of these extra pounds that I have gained in the past few months. As I've recently learned, losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise. I know that my exercise will be fine...but my diet needs to change dramatically in order to lose the 30 pounds that I want to get rid of. I would love to lose the 30 pounds by June, which I think is a realistic timeframe.
-I would like to start and end my racing year with a long distance event. I have found a 50 mile triathlon in May and a half ironman in September that I am seriously considering. This will test my endurance over a long period of time...which could also give me some idea of whether or not I will have the ability to train for a full Ironman.
-I will be running more than in years past. Running has been a weak area in my training for the past few years. I have registered for a half marathon in April to force myself to get a training plan in place. I want to get to a point where the running leg of the triathlon is not a struggle mentally anymore.
-I will give myself a break. This past year, I was really hard on myself when I allowed life to interfere with my training. That ended up being the start of a downward spiral...I would just get more and more frustrated with myself and with life for getting in the way. I need to be more forgiving of myself if I need a day off. And I need to be more flexible when life throws a curve ball into my well scripted training plans.
So once again I say Happy New Year! I am hopeful that 2015 is a good year for me and all of my readers!