2014 Plans and Goals

2014, when the clock struck midnight last night and I realized you were officially here, I panicked a little. I've got big plans for you! I was nervous at first, but I woke up this morning ready to make this a killer year.

2013 was really a turning point for me in a lot of ways. One of the biggest things that happened is that I learned that I really can dream big - and make my dreams come true. I started last year with a couple of things I really wanted to accomplish (conquer the half marathon, and quit my job to go back to school), but I was scared to death of actually doing them. Somewhere along the way, I picked up some confidence, grew in leaps and bounds, and accomplished both of those goals and more than I could have ever dreamed of. At the beginning of 2013, I thought that all that mattered was getting to the finish line. But the more I got into endurance sports, the more I realized...there is no finish line. There is always something next, always something bigger to shoot for. That's not just a sports lesson, but a life lesson. I have a very different point of view going into 2014 and thinking about the things I want to accomplish this year.

  • Goal #1: Run a marathon! I feel like this is cheating since it will occur only 18 days into the year and the bulk of my training happened in 2013, but I'm still counting it! Can't wait to have this hanging around my next in 17 days!

  • Goal #2: Get more comfortable on my bike (by spending more than an hour on it per week). This is my biggest weakness in triathlon and the big thing holding me back from pushing for longer tri distances.

  • Goal #3: Complete Tour de Cure (100 mile bike ride). I really want to push myself out of my comfort zone on the bike, and what better what to do it than with a century ride? I have also never done an event to raise for charity.

  • Goal #4: Complete a half Ironman distance triathlon. Did you see this coming? I have thought about this pretty much nonstop since my first triathlon. The bike is the biggest thing holding me back, but I hope that Goals #2 & #3 will help me gain the strength and confidence I need. I could say that I haven't already tentatively chosen a race and started working on a training plan, but I'd so be lying...

  • Goal #5: Maintain half marathon base mileage. I want to be ready and able to run a half marathon any time I choose.

  • Goal #6: Train hard, but train smart (i.e. don't get injured). So hard to do! I got a little overzealous last year and paid the price. One thing that is going to help me with this is that speed is not the goal here. Slow and steady wins the race!

Those are the things I really plan to accomplish this year. Obviously #5 applies to the whole year, but the rest will only get me through June. That's because I have no idea what other goals will be feasible to accomplish. The ones listed above are my priorities. I do have a few others, with some specific races in mind, but will have to see how the year goes to see if they make it onto the list, or if I get to save them for 2015!

  • Participate in an obstacle run
  • Run a Rock n Roll brand race
  • Run a second marathon
  • Run a half marathon PR
  • Run a sub-2 hour half marathon
  • Complete a back-to-back race challenge

Cheers, 2014! I am ready to rock you!

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