This week was the start of pre-season, as I mentioned last time. The first challenge was to make a list of all the excuses I have ever used, still use, or am likely to use. It was about taking responsibility for my own results. The best trainer in the world can’t make me get results. I have to want it for myself.
I guess I didn’t dig very deep for that one. It’s funny, I tend to over-analyse pretty much everything. Except myself. Self-analysis is something I don’t do. I find it really hard to do. If I’m grumpy, I can’t usually tell you why, I just am. So having to be honest and dig deep for something that is more than just a throw-away line is difficult.
Initially, my list of excuses looked something like this:
- I’m too tired.
- I’m not motivated.
- I’m too busy.
- I’m too unfit.
All examples Michelle gave in her video introduction to the challenge. Some time later, I managed to add:
- I’ll do twice as much tomorrow to make up for it.
- I’m going to pass out if I keep going (this might not be an excuse for some people but I seriously doubt I ever really pushed myself to that point).
- I had an SES callout.
The next step was to write solutions to overcome these excuses. For example, when I think “I’m too unfit” I need to tell myself that it’s not about being fast or running a marathon, I just need to start moving, and keep moving.
I can stop reading quite so many books and spend the time at the gym. If I exercise when I can, instead of procrastinating, it won’t matter as much when the weather turns bad and I need to respond to SES.
The second challenge tied in pretty nicely with this post from last month. The challenge was to set SMART goals for the next 12 months, then break them down into less intimidating six month, three month and one month goals.
In the interests of accountability, here are my goals (and how I plan to achieve them):
What I’ll do to achieve it
Swim 75m non-stop. (3 laps in 25m pool)
Ride 2.5km non-stop (I can do this already but not straight after a swim or followed by a run)
Run 500m non-stop.
|I am already running 200m stints on the treadmill so will gradually build up distance.
Follow 12WBT food and exercise plans. No excuses. Just do it.
Drink more water.
Eat less chocolate.
Cook meals ahead (and freeze) for the nights I know I won’t be home for dinner.
Get back to the pool. Use my pass before it expires*.
Delegate more so I have more time for me.
Swim 200m non-stop.
Ride 5km non-stop.
Run 1.5km non-stop.
|Follow 12WBT program completely. No cheating on myself.
Register for Tamworth Fun Five in August.
Continue planning and cooking ahead.
Delegate even more. 🙂
Swim 400m non-stop.
Ride 10km non-stop.
Run 3km non-stop.
|Swimming lessons, bike rides as part of training schedule, eat healthily.
Renew membership of Tamworth Triathlon Club.
Register for the long course at the Triathlon Pink event on the Sunshine Coast on 27th November 2012 (300m swim, 9km bike, 3km run)
Complete a sprint distance triathlon (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run).
|Implement a healthy eating plan, find a training program, take swimming lessons, participate in local triathlon club events next season to get used to group swims.Register for Trishave Womens Triathlon Festival in March 2013 – Sprint Distance (This is actually 10 months from now, not 12. It will also be two years since I did my first triathlon there: the “Try-a-Tri” mini triathlon.)|
|2 years||Olympic Distance Triathlon
(1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run)
|3 years||Hike the Kokoda Track with Kokoda Chicks for breast cancer research fundraising|
* Last July I purchased a 20-visit pass to a local pool. I have 17 visits remaining and it expires in just under two months…
Sorry this is so long-winded. Thanks for sticking with me to the end. I’ll try to keep future posts shorter. (One challenge at a time would be plenty, I’m sure!)