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2010 “New Years Resolutions” – Geek Turned Athlete

2010 “New Years Resolutions”

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..

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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!!!

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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.

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There will be Chocolate from France:DSC02597

Some Olive Oil from Italy:DSC05283

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:

  • link to back to this giveaway on your blog, then leave a separate comment to let me know about it
  • Subscribe to Geek Turned Athlete, then leave a separate comment to let me know about it

So, what are your 2010 goals? 😉

{ 19 comments… add one }

  • Charisa December 28, 2009, 5:42 pm

    Those sound like great goals!! My goals for 2010 are to HAVE FUN even while racing pro and not take it too seriously. To try to get on the podium in a race. To break 10 hours in an Ironman. And to live life to the fullest.

    • Nicole December 28, 2009, 5:43 pm

      I know you will do great!! Good luck this year with racing pro!!

  • Leah December 28, 2009, 6:37 pm

    your goals look great!
    mine for the beginning of the year at least, are to train consistently and smartly for my marathon in april, and to fuel properly so i don’t have the problems i had this fall…I also want to do well in school again this semester obviously haha

  • Good Taste. Healthy Me December 28, 2009, 7:03 pm

    I’m subscribed already! :)

  • Graze With Me December 28, 2009, 8:35 pm

    I would love to finally get a six pack – sounds stupid really but I know it’s there, just havta get all the cushion off first. :)

    All these food items sound delicious! Hope I win….

  • Erica December 29, 2009, 12:31 am

    GREAT goals. Having a plan is SO key. I especially love your meat goal. My goals for 2010 are to become a better group fitness instructor (set at least 1 session a month to work on my form and 1 session to sit down and focus on how I deliver my cues), become a more patient driver (focus on breathing and think about what I’m in such a hurry for), enjoy more time with Josh and Frank through walks and relaxing time.

    • Nicole December 29, 2009, 4:55 pm

      I forgot to add the better fitness instructor to the list! I want that too! There is always room for improvement with spinning!

  • Marisa December 29, 2009, 12:57 pm

    I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions either! And I like how you set goals for yourself instead. Like you I’ve set some goals for myself – See I’m totally the opposite of you, I’d rather lift weights for a full hour than run! So one of my goals is to get out and run more, hopefully run a 5k soon. I also want to get more organized! I’m a type A personality so I can never be too organized… lol

  • Ryan December 29, 2009, 2:33 pm

    So many goals…so little time.

    I really only have 3 goals to shoot for in 2010:

    1: Try not to get anymore awesome and good looking so I don’t have to fight off the ladies in the commissary.
    2: Enjoy my life more than I already do now.
    3: Get on the podium at Ironman Hawaii, which really means don’t blow the hell up on the marathon :-)

    • Nicole December 29, 2009, 4:57 pm

      haha about the commissary! Don’t you just love how most of them show up in make-up to the commissary? It must sound even crazier to you b/c you get to see these spouses during the day when most men don’t! Then, I show up with sweat stains and frizzy hair everywhere from just working out. It is kinda funny.

  • AshleyP December 29, 2009, 3:09 pm

    Great goals! You’re so right about having concrete plans, rather than just vague, lofty goals.

    My goals are: to move into a neighborhood where I can step outside my door and run, rather than having to drive to a gym or trail, to run in another 5k and beat my time, and to plan my dinners over the weekend and grocery shop accordingly to avoid takeout.

  • AshleyP December 29, 2009, 3:09 pm

    I’m a subscriber :)

  • Holly December 29, 2009, 3:57 pm

    so i literally just caught up on like 5 posts, and gahhhh…portugal is on my must travel to list! LOVED LOVED LOVED it! and yes, when i was in australia, they topped everything with a fried egg, and it is soooo good!

    also, i was in malaga as well! we didn’t horseback ride (although that looks amazing), but did you hit up the picasso museum? ya know, because its his birthplace, and the museum was INCREDIBLE! like we were there for hours looking at everything from sketches to sculptures to paintings. twas’ amazing!

    and heidelburg! when i was in germany, we were deciding whether to go there or rothenburg. we chose rothenburg, but heidelburg looks amazing! that’s where the black forest is, correct? add that to my travel list as well :)

    glad you had a merry christmas with the hubs – laying around watching movies is exactly what i did too :)

    and i love your resolutions! thanks for the runners world link – i am going to check it out. i HATE speedwork and weightlifting too! which is why i don’t do speedwork and do lots of yoga. honestly though, i feel more toned from yoga than i ever did from strength training!


    so amazing, and here is to 100 more!

    p.s. european goods = i want to win this one so bad!!!!!

    • Nicole December 29, 2009, 4:59 pm

      Rothenburg is so beautiful! I would have picked that over Heidelberg for sure! I so agree with you with yoga. My back got ripped from doing it so much this year. I hope to keep up with it. Swimming also helped with that!

  • Mike December 29, 2009, 7:44 pm

    Great goals Nicole. Looking forward to seeing your journey to achieve them…

  • Dorothy December 29, 2009, 11:25 pm

    So excited about this giveaway!

    My goals for 2010 include passing the NCIDQ exam (Interior Designers’ license exam), and focusing on my health. I started a journal yesterday to track my goals and break them into smaller, more manageable goals. This week, I’ve set a studying goal for NCIDQ, and a workout goal of 5 workouts! I’m well on my way already!

  • Gelareh @ Orange Truffle December 30, 2009, 10:45 pm

    I would love to get back into practicing Yoga.. learn to run and learn food photography.

  • girlxoxo December 31, 2009, 10:14 pm

    I’m a new subscriber and my goals:
    Read More (I wrote out my books on my blog)
    Be more consistent with workouts (so training for a race beginning of March)
    Cook more

    I’m trying to be specific with my goals so I will be able to acieve them – especially the workout one.

  • Trisha January 1, 2010, 12:11 am

    My big goal is find an organizational style for my recipes so that everytime I get the desire to cook (as in everday!) I can actually find the recipes I’m looking for!


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