So when I think of goals I want to achieve in a race or a season I always go big. I am the type of person where if I do not achieve a goal I will not lose much confidence, it will just make me train harder for the next time. My goal for me first marathon was 3 hours. Yeah, kind of a crazy goal to undertake for marathon #1 but my dad ran a 2:56:xx in his first marathon when he was a little older than me so I figured “why not”. I did not achieve that goal but it is still a goal of mine and I will be training for it in 2012. So here are my, some are lofty goals, for 2012.
- Finish Ironman Texas and Ironman Wisconsin- I say finish because of how big of an accomplishment it is but I know I won’t be happy with just a finish
- Execute MY race plan in Texas and Wisconsin- Nutrition, pacing, and mental aspects of the race
- Run a sub-3 hour marathon at the Chicago Marathon
- Lower my open ½ marathon time from 1:26:41 to under 1:25
- Swim a sub 1:10 Ironman swim- either Texas or Wisconsin
- Run a 3:30 Ironman marathon- I know this one will be tough but from what I hear it’s safe to take 1 minute off your half Ironman run time when estimating Ironman run time, that is assuming everything goes right during the swim and bike
- Challenge for a Kona spot at either race- there are many factors that go into getting a Kona spot so this is my loftiest goal but go big or go home right?!
- Raise my Functional Threshold Power (currently around 250) at least 7%
- Be injury free!
- Go sub 4:30 at either Ironman 70.3 Racine or Steelhead- I have a bone to pick with Steelhead since they cancelled the swim and I went 3:49 so that day I could have had an awful swim and still went 4:30 I think
- Eat more fruits and vegetables!!!
I know I will think of more goals and I will update when I do but here are the big ones for now.