I'm starting to map out my workouts on my calendar so I can be ready to start in January (after my birthday celebration(s), of course!). I'm using this site a lot, which is pretty intense. Pre-Season week 1 already calls for 2 workouts a day, most days of the week! I know if I start double workouts in January, I definitely won't make it to the race in July, so I'll be modifying their suggestions. But planning out my workouts has got me thinking about my overall goals for next season.
Goal #1 (most important): Finish 140.6 miles in under 17 hours.
(Obviously when I see this sign it will say 140.6 instead of 70.3 and it will be dark by the time I get there, but this is what I'll be picturing in my head when the training gets tough)
Goal #2: Slim-down and tone-up.
You'd think that 2011 would have been a really healthy year for me since I ran a couple of small races, plus a half ironman (!!!), and a full marathon. But I have actually picked up a few (15ish) extra pounds on my move across the country. I blame these people (my new lab mates) for being so much fun. I can't say no to hanging out and drinking with them!
(Case in point - there is no one in this pic without a drink)
Goal #3: Not take training too seriously.
I have a tendency to get a little OCD about my training schedule. And I definitely freak out a little if I feel like I haven't been working out hard enough. So I am going to try my hardest to keep having fun with friends and not let my training get in the way of anything. I have a feeling this is going to be the hardest goal to achieve....
And with that, I'm off to the pool for the first time in a long time. I hope I remember how to swim!