Goals for 2012

3 01 2012

Happy New Year Friends! I hope your year is off to a great start! Mine’s starting off swell. Right now, I’m on vacation in the Caribbean/Central America, on a cruise with this guy:

It’s my week to relax before my big move which is happening in a little over a week. EEEK!

Anywho… Since this is the first post of the new year, I thought I’d share with you some of my goals for 2012.  I’m a goal oriented person, and one thing I learned while teaching was to make SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely). You won’t find me saying, “This year I resolve to fill in the blank with generic new year’s resolution.”  That doesn’t motivate me at all. I guess it comes down to semantics, but I prefer to have goals to achieve, rather than just deciding to do something differently this year.

So, here’s a few that I’d like to share.

Athletic Goals:

  • Run a sub 4:00 marathon at the Country Music Marathon in April. I hope to do so by following my training plan.
  • Complete a Half IronMan. I need to research Florida races, but I’m considering the new Rev3 70.3 or Miami 70.3. Oh, or a smaller, local race!
  • Go 2:30 (or faster) in an Olympic distance triathlon. My best time right now is 2:39.20, from a race in 2010. Though I raced 4 Olympics last year, 3 of them weren’t “true” Olympic distances, and the other was done in ridiculous heat, so I didn’t push too hard. It’s a lofty goal, but I want it bad.  Maybe even more so than the sub 4:00 marathon…
  • Practice yoga regularly. OK, so this might not be the most defined goal, but I’ll count it a success if I go 1 day/week while I’m training for my marathon and tris.

Personal Goals:

  • Get connected into the Tampa tri scene.  Aka join the local tri club and actually training with them! I’m a member of the DC Tri club, but I can probably count on one hand the number of club events I’ve participated in.  Being in a new city, I’m looking to the tri club as a way to meet people.
  • Stay connected with all my DC friends. Of course there’s Facebook, the blog, and texting. But I want to (gasp) pick up the phone and call people the old fashioned way. My college roommate Michelle is REALLY good at keeping in touch. I think she keeps a list of the people she needs to call each week. I might should take a lesson from her.

I’ve got several more that are developing in my head, but since 2012 is my last year in my 20s (AHHHHHHHHHHHH), these “personal goals” will show up in the form of a “30 before 30” post.

Blog Goals:

  • Continue to blog 2-3 days per week, while balancing a new job in a new city and life in general. This is obviously going to depend on how crazy life gets in the next few months.
  • Go self-hosted! I want to take the blog to the next level, and get a bit more creative with design and layout and stuff. By Dec. 31, 2012, this will be done!

If my month of January is any indication, 2012 is already shaping up to be an exciting year!

Question of the day: Did you set any goals for 2012? Which are you most excited about accomplishing? Which will be the hardest to accomplish?

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8 responses

3 01 2012
Jen

Hi Steph! I live in DC and chose the Miami 70.3 as first Half-Ironman this year (eek!). Too bad you are moving or we could train together! I like that it is later in the year and the temp should be good.

3 01 2012
Emily

Um, I want to be on a cruise too! Jealous.

People need to stop moving away, it really sucks 🙂 But I’m excited to see what happens with all the exciting things you’ve got planned in 2012!

3 01 2012
Maggi

I’ve heard of people doing Rev3 events, and they’ve only given bad reviews of them. Poor race support. Running out of finishers shirts. No food left for slower athletes. …just something to consider.

3 01 2012
Shannon @ Mon Amour

I’m almost positive I am going to do my first half ironman this year too! I am thinking about doing Musselman. I have heard great things about Miami 70.3 though

3 01 2012
emily

I fully support you staying in touch with DC friends, I also support you opening up your couch to DC friends during the cold wintery months while you’re soaking up the Florida sun. love the goals and can’t wait for you to dominate them!

3 01 2012
Allison

I hope you are enjoying your cruise (though I don’t know how you wouldn’t be). It sounds like 2012 is going to be a big year! Love the smart goals.

4 01 2012
Kristine

I think you should consider Miami 70.3! I’m registered for the race and would LOVE it if you raced there too!!

5 01 2012
katie

😦 everyone is moving away, wahh!

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