The other day I came across this Nike ad:
I love this ’cause it’s so true – it’s not like you reach a certain fitness level and then you magically stay there without doing anymore work, much as I wish that was the case. Which to me means that I have to continually set new goals and evaluate my progress in order to keep improving.
So now that we’re half way through 2012, it’s time for me to reflect back on those SMART goals I set in January, evaluate my progress and determine if I need to adjust my plans, etc in order to keep climbing that fitness mountain.
This year I set 4 goals:
- Finish the Chilly Half Marathon in under 2 hours.
- Raise $1000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Ride for Heart.
- Obtain my Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation from the NIGP.
- Do a triathlon this summer.
So how am I doing? Do I need to set new goals, create new plans?
- Finish the Chilly Half Marathon in under 2 hours: I trained and ran my butt off and finished in 1:52:47
- Raise $1000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Ride for Heart: I did the 75k ride (on a borrowed bike) and raised $400.
- Obtain my Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation from theNIGP: I’m in the process of applying to determine my eligibility – I’ve requested my transcripts and have completed the application – I just need to get those transcripts from the University and Colleges that I’ve attended and mail the package in. I have had to adjust that goal because the process of obtaining transcripts has taken me longer than anticipated, so instead of writing the exam this fall, I’ll be writing it next Spring.
- Do a triathlon this summer: I registered for the Ontario Women’s Sprint Distance Triathlon and will be racing on September 2, 2012. I’m now well on my way with my training (I ran 5k 3x this week, swam twice and went to one spinning class).
All in all I’m doing a pretty good job with my goals – better than previous years, but I found that I worked so hard in the first half of the year that I burnt myself out and am having a hard time motivating myself to follow my sprint triathlon training plan. Part of it may also be that the triathlon goal is rather unrealistic – I don’t have a bike, I’m solo parenting this summer, and swimming in the evenings or early in the morning sucks the energy right out of me. I guess what I’m saying is that it’s not the right goal for me this year, but I’m already committed to it, so I’ll carry on.
Since fitness doesn’t have a finish line, I’ll be setting different goals for next year. I’d like to try a 3-4 month period where I focus predominantly on strength, rather than cardio, then maybe enter into another cardio phase and race a half marathon, followed by a speed phase where I train for a bunch of shorter distance running races.
Overall I’m really enjoying trying new fitness goals, training plans, classes and the like – it’s fun and as I get older I’m finding that there’s way more time in my life to try new things than I ever imagined.
Question/sharing: What new fitness goals have you set for yourself for the second half of 2012?