Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2012 Revolutions

I have always been hesitant to use the term resolution mostly because I associated it with not being happy and wanting to change.  What better time for a resolution than the new year... a new start... a fresh slate... The only problem is the reset button on the scale does not take away the countless trips past the snacks on the counter, grabbing one delectable treat each time.  I do have weight-loss as one of my "resolutions", which I will get to in a while, but there are a number of things I just would like to see happen in 2012, so rather than calling them resolutions, I am calling them Revolutions 

Although one definition of resolution is:
the act of resolving or determining upon an action or courseof action, method, procedure, etc."  

I do prefer this definition to what it is in my head, but I have decided to take 2012 in the direction of revolution:
"a sudden, complete or marked change in something"

I am in the progress of making a Vision Board for 2012.  Sure some may call it corny, but it motivates me to do things, reminds me of my goals, and what drives me... without my negative connotation of resolutions.  I am very happy with life right now, I have an amazing wife and two baby boys that can make the worst day at work seem insignificant. Working with the Miracle Kids Triathlons in Minneapolis as well as the partnership that Rev3 has with Ulman Cancer Fund, I know that I am lucky to worry about when I will get my next workout in.  It puts things into perspective when you know there are others out there who just wonder if they will be around tomorrow.

It is no secret that my 2011 racing season was cut short.  That just drives me to make 2012 even better and enjoy it even more.

So without further delay, here are some of my 2012 Revolutions - 

  • Spend some time each day reading a devotional and bible verses, reflecting on what they mean to me
  • Be the best dad I can to Carter and Caleb
  • Cleaner eating - less sugar and sweets, more fruits and veggies
  • Limit eating out to no more than one meal a week
  • Smarter choices when I do eat out
  • Stay injury free!!!
    • Race weight by REV3 Knoxville 160-163 lbs (Jan 1 - 185 lbs)
    •   REV3 Knoxville Olympic - 2:15
    •        REV3 Wisconsin Dells - 2:15
    •         REV3 Cedar Point - Sub 5  
    • I recently read on Joel's Blog that he wanted to swim 250,000 yards in 2012.  That number seems large, but when broken down, only amounts to 4800 a week.  Did you know that a quarter million yards is over 10,000 laps in my pool?  It comes out to over 142 miles.. just over the distance of an Ironman race.  I am adding this to my to do list for 2012.
    • I also saw a lot of chatter about people doing a swim set: 100x100s.  Yep 10,000 Yards in one workout.  Yep... 5.68 miles!  Add that to the list as well.
    • Increase FTP on the bike - 260 is the target
    • Maintain sub 7s on a 10k
    • More sub 20 minute 5ks!


    Jamie January 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM  

    Love the goals! This is going to be a big year.

    Colleen January 19, 2012 at 8:31 PM  

    Love these goals Jeff! :) Looking forward to seeing you in Knoxville. Will we get to meet the boys? :)

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