Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Five - Fitness Goals


Fitness goals.  We all have 'em.  Or we should have 'em!  I find I am forever reassessing and remaking my goals, both in fitness and in life.  After all, you have to stay dynamic, right?  If you stay on a path too long you may find it takes you somewhere you didn't actually want to be..... Ok perhaps I'm shading into non-fitness life.  So without further ado, my Friday Five Fitnes Goals (of the moment) are:

1.  Get up earlier


I used to be good at this.  Last tri season I got up around 5 at least three days a week to train.  I'm not sure what has happened between then and now, but I am really, truly struggling to get myself going in the morning.  So far the family has been good about letting Mommy work out her way home from work or running at lunch, but if I'm gonna be the Swim Bike Running machine I want to be going into the triathlon season, I need to get myself out of bed.

2.  Get more sleep


This goal is in direct opposition to Goal #1.  Hmm.  What is a girl to do?  I recently downloaded this nifty app for my phone "Sleep Cycle" that monitors your sleep, lets you put in potentially confounding factors like alcohol, stressful day, working out in the evenings, and then lets you know which has the most bearing on getting a good night's rest.  I love data, and am searching for the magic formula to make me wake up rested.

Last night's shut-eye

3.  Fix my running form


I talked a bit about this in my last post, but I feel like I finally have the (intellectual) keys to making running less painful and more efficient.  Faster cadence, stronger core, quick foot turnover.  Hopefully all of this will lead to less pain (I'm still struggling to run after this past weekend's half) and actually enjoying this aspect of triathlon.  Enjoying running?  No sir.....


4.  Strength strength strength


This is also a bit problematic.  I should have been doing more strength training during the "off season".  Well, I spent the off-season learning to walk and run again after being on crutches for 5 weeks, and then getting ready for my spring half marathons.  I had every intention of doing at least one strength class a week, and that kind of fell away.  So now I'm learning that my core, glutes, and hips need a lot of work in order to avoid [further] injuries.  Plus (and please do not judge me for being shallow), I'd like to get some pretty arm definition so I look nice in the summer.  If summer ever comes up to the Frozen North.....

Not me.  But I'd take her arms.... ;)

5.  Bike more

My favorite sport has been sorely mistreated and neglected this winter.  I love to ride my bike so very much.  It is like flying.  It is like nothing else.  I get more relaxation and enjoyment out of my bike rides than any other sport.  Naturally, it's my strongest sport so this winter I focused on running and swimming.  But I miss my bike.  What is the point of fitness if not to have fun??  Plus, the Jedi is also an avoid biker.  Last summer we had a standing weekly bike date with a babysitter - it did wonders for our marriage.  We joined a couple of riding groups.  I know that I should probably continue to focus most on swimming and running, but honestly I'm thinking a 3 ride a week schedule sounds pretty nice right now.  It is the longest leg of the race, after all......

Our bikes are in love

Bike Date = Happy Date

What are your fitness goals heading into this race season??  

13 comments:

Fairytales and Fitness said...

#3 and #4 for me for sure! I'd like to get my husband out to bike with me too if he has time! Found you through the friday 5 link up!

Amanda H said...

Oh man I am struggling so much at #2. Definitely great that you have it on your list of fitness goals!

Rebecca Reynolds said...

I'm right there with you on 1-4! Sleep seems to be what I lack the most and in turn causes issues with my willingness to get up earlier! They truly go hand in hand - ugh. As far as 3 and 4 go...maybe if I can do a better job of focusing on building core strength the running form will in turn improve? So much to think about... Love these goals, all very attainable - can't wait to see you crush them!

Janelle J said...

I love your fitness goals! Sleep is sooo important. I've been sleeping horribly lately so I think I need to check out that app!

marsview said...

ugh, #1 and #2 are my weak spots!!

Eat Pray Run DC said...

i have trouble getting up early to workout but the key for me has been accountability. i generally go to 6am barre class 2x a week and try to schedule a run w/a buddy one or two other mornings. this naturally helps me sleep me because i end up being so dang TIRED at the end of the day :) thanks for linking up!

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes said...

Ohhh, definitely checking out that sleep app!! Getting more sleep is huge for me too, and usually not possible...uggh, will we EVER sleep again? Great goals my friend!

Pace of Balance said...

Wow, I definitely need better sleep. But I'm afraid looking at the data might stress me out even more! I'm with you on biking. I'd like to do more and gain more confidence.

Miranda Greenhalgh said...

Thanks Rebecca! I'm hopeful :)

Deborah Brooks said...

I have more sleep on my list too! It's a hard one to accomplish though. I'm trying to track mine with a Polar Loop right now. We'll see how that goes.

Blush and Barbells said...

Last year I used to wake up at 4:30am every day to do P90X...these days if I'm out of bed by 7 I'm impressed with myself. I need to change that! I'll start tomorrow - thanks for reminding me to get my rear in gear.

Cynthia S. said...

Love these goals - they are all achievable but still motivating! I need to get back to my early mornings and get more sleep too!

emilyahlbum said...

I love the sleep app! I use it too!

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