Happy 2015! Got Goals?

Untitled-1_edited-1HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  It’s hard to wrap my brain around the fact that it’s 2015!!  I will be FIFTY ( that’s 5-0) years old this year!  Crazy!

Earlier this week, I was writing a content piece for one of our online programs about the difference between New Years Resolutions and true goals.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my goals for this upcoming year over the past few months – looking at my personal goals for our family and my athletic endeavors, while being mindful of the balance that needs to be struck with our business – which is, quite frankly, exploding in a major way!  This is why I made the decision to defer Ironman Florida until 2016 – there is just no way to devote the amount of time needed to train for something like that AND manage our household AND give my all to our company – without being a total mental and physical train wreck on the other side.

8356198_sI gave up on New Years Resolutions a long time ago.  It was just another opportunity to wake up on February 1st and feel like an abject failure because I had given up by January 15th!  My New Years Resolutions always centered on giving up something:  Losing weight, quitting smoking, quitting drinking, cutting out sugar/carbs/gluten/dairy/blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…  I HATE giving things up!  And I wondered why I was never able to follow through with my resolutions.

See, there is a basic formula for success in anything in life is:

Success = Burning Desire x Belief x Expectancy x Action

And the thing we have to realize is that if any one of those terms is missing (a 0 on the scale from 0-10), then our chance of success is also ZERO!  I did not have BURNING DESIRE to “give up” things, so that variable was a “0” – the math holds – ZERO chance of success.

34141757_sThe past few years, I ditched resolutions and made real goals!  My goals are about bringing things INTO my life, not removing things from it.  It’s an entirely different consciousness.

Do I still want to lose weight?  Hell yes, I do, but I reframe the goal… Now, it’s about achieving my optimal racing weight so that my performance is optimized, not just about shedding pounds.

Now, most of the time, most of my goals scare the crap out of me, because I have absolutely no clue HOW I an going to achieve them.  But I choose things that I want badly – as badly as I want to breathe.  I BELIEVE I an achieve them and I EXPECT that I will achieve them.  And then, I take ACTION toward them each and every day.

And guess what?  I have achieved pretty much every goal I have set for myself over the past couple of years – baby step by baby step – one day at a time.  As I was setting my goals for 2014, back in the Fall of 2013, I knew I wanted to run a half marathon.  I was not a runner, and when I tried to run I found I was plagued with injuries.  I didn’t know HOW to run or how to train to run properly, so I hired a coach who did know – someone who had already achieved every goal I aspired to in the athletic world.  And workout-by-workout, day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by month – with Coach Pam’s help and guidance – I ran my half marathon, and it was awesome.  And then I went on to run a few more AND even my first full marathon last year… I kept moving forward each day until I crossed the finish line.

And that’s what we all have to do, right?  Decide what we want to accomplish… Make it a big, scary, juicy goal so that it inspires us and drives us to keep going… Go as far as we can see and then when we get there we’ll be able to see how to go farther… And never, ever quit!

GCTLogoBeach2Battleship-Iron-Distance-TriathlonIn 2015, my athletic goal is to conquer the half-iron distance triathlon – 70.3 miles of swimming, biking, and running.  I’d really like to do it in under 6-1/2 hours – under 6 would be amaze balls!!  I have 2 half-irons on my race schedule, and training starts on Monday.  Just keep moving forward and trust my coach, trust my body, and keep loading the hay in the barn.

I wish you all the happiness, health, abundance, and prosperity you can stand in the New Year!

Gearing Up For 2015

Happy Holidays to Everyone!

It’s been a great December!  After Space Coast on November 30th, I took a few days off from training.  The race left me mentally and physically depleted.  I wasn’t on speaking terms with my running shoes for 4 whole days!  Finally, on Thursday morning a tacit truce was offered.  I laced up and went out for a 4 mile jog, which felt so good it turned into a 5 miles – and darned speedy one too – for me, at any rate.

I was planning to take most of December off from structured training – and I kind of did.

But on December 9th one of my SBM peeps posted that there were only 150 days until GCT… 150 Days!  That’s not so much time… It’ll be here in a blink of an eye!

My friend, Megan, invited me to come swim with her at LA Fitness where they have an indoor pool.  I was totally dreading swimming outdoors – even in Florida, the temps are chilly in the early morning.  It’s not the getting IN the water that’s the problem – it’s getting OUT and making it to the locker room before turning into a human popsicle that was a tad unappealing.  So, Megan and I started swimming 3 times per week – AND she hired Coach Pam!!  AND she’s also racing GCT!!!  AND she’s like half my age and in amaze balls shape!  SOOOOO, she’s like the PERFECT training partner for me!  Pushing me, every step of the way to give my best – or get left behind!

RR-halfThe week before Christmas, I got the crazy idea to run a half marathon – a virtual half marathon… The 2014 Reindeer Racer Half by US Road Running… Mostly because I loved the medal.  So, on December 19, I got up early and I ran 13.1 miles… for “fun” (and for the cool medal).  It was hard… I was really bummed.  I thought it should have been easier.  I thought I should have been faster.  But then I started thinking about it, and I realized that 13.1 miles is a long way to run – PERIOD.  And I just got up and did it – in 2:07:31!  So, props to me for that.

Then on Sunday, I wasn’t feeling right.  My head hurt so bad – from my right eye all the way back to the crown of my head.  Advil didn’t touch it.  I skipped swim on Monday… and Tuesday… I gutted out Christmas morning, not wanting to mess things up for my family.  And finally went to urgent care on Friday and was dismissed with a Rx for antibiotics and prednisone.  Hopefully, that will do the trick.  Still not feeling awesome.

Christmas was AMAZING though!  All the kids like their presents!  Josh’s piles were ridiculous!  He got pretty much everything on his Christmas list (with the exception of the smartphone – not happening), but the highlights were a New England Patriots football and the 2014 Topps NFL Card Collection.  At 12 years old, I’m not sure if he still believes in Santa or if he’s just putting on a good show for me, but either way it was cool!

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Santa was very good to me as well!  I got a race entry to the Beach2Battleship half iron triathlon on October 17th, and a new sleeveless wetsuit, among a bunch of other cool things – I feel legit now!!!

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Now, here it is December 28th (Happy Birthday Gramma, I hope things are awesome for you up in heaven.  Miss you every day), and my week of sloth must come to a close soon.  Free week ends on 1/1, and the 2015 training season begins on 1/2.  I’m psyched to get back at it.  I want to swim, and , bike, and run…  And I will… A LOT!

Wishing you all an incredible 2015!