I really hate the standard New Year’s Resolutions because people never keep them, and a lot of times they are unrealistic or too general like no longer eating sweets or losing weight. And, most people do not expand on their long term goals or have a plan on how they are going to achieve their new years resolutions. I do, however, have a long term fitness goal and a “to do” list to help me achieve it this next year. I think that all of the items in my “to do” list are attainable and specific enough to help me reach my long term goal this year..
Long Term Athletic Goal: Become a Better Athlete
But, how am I going to get there? Well, let’s start with what a “better” athlete means to me. I want to be a faster, more efficient runner, swimmer, and cyclist. Without getting into the nitty gritty details of power, strength, etc. outlined by the Triathlete’s Training Bible, the three things that I know need to change are:
- my consistency with my workouts in general
- following through with my speed workouts
- incorporate strength training that I want to follow into my workout schedule
Are you following the general theme of consistency here?? This also goes along with planning a workout schedule that won’t leave me overwhelmed and not wanting to complete any workouts at all in it!
As for speed training, I really truly despise my speed workouts, but I know that they are essential. There is no way to work around doing them either. I only worked on my speed for once a week for a couple of months before the Ramstein Half Marathon, and improved my time dramatically. Since then, I have slowly fallen off the “speed” wagon.
I also don’t enjoy traditional weight training. I just don’t, and no one is going to make me like it. I’ve tried lots and lots of different weight lifting routines, and I’m still not interested. There is nothing wrong with anyone who likes it, but I don’t. Since, I want to keep yoga a regular thing in my life, why not “kill two birds with one stone”? I’m a firm believer that strength training doesn’t necessarily have to include lifting weights. So, I’m going to add yoga twice a week to my workout regime along with one day of bosu resistance/balance training. The bosu ball will help me with my stabilizer muscles to decrease my chance of injury especially while running. You can’t tell me yoga doesn’t add muscle!!!
My Environmental Goal for 2010: Taper meat consumption down to 1-2/ week. After watching Food Inc. and reading The Omnivore’s Dilema it’s important to me to lessen my environmental impact with the amount of meat I am eating. This will be easy to experiment with since the hubby will be gone for work for about 4 months the beginning of this coming year.
So, there are my “mini goals” for 2010. I plan on starting these this week. Why wait?
This is also my 100th post!!! In honor of my 100th post, I want to do a giveaway to spread the European foodie goodness.
There will be Chocolate from France:
Some Olive Oil from Italy:
And whatever else I happen to pick up at the outdoor markets here in Germany between now and when the giveaway ends. I will randomly pick and announce the winner on New Year’s Day!! You have until 2 pm EST on January 1st to enter!
To enter: Tell me about your goals for 2010! This is open to everyone!
For additional entries:
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So, what are your 2010 goals? 😉