Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2012

Somehow I missed posting anything about the New Year, recapping last year, etc. I don't make New Year's resolutions - I figure if I want to commit to something I shouldn't need the calendar year to change in order to do so.

Illustration courtesy of Pepillo.

My off-season has led to a lot of swimming where I am still on a quest to swim like a fish. My hair has not yet turned green thanks to some over-priced conditioner purchased this week.

With a new year I figured I would post a few of my goals for the 2012 season.
  • Ironman swim = 55. Coming from a girl who regularly swam 1:06 for multiple years, if I can check this off my list you better believe I will be smiling the entire first half of the bike.
  • Bike stronger. Over the years I have gone from losing the race on the bike, to holding my own. I want to consistently be able to lay down one of the faster bike splits in a race. I know I have work to do.
  • Run faster. As in under 1:25 in a half and as close to 3 (well let's be honest, I want to run under 3) in a full.
  • Win. I want to win a race.
  • Smile & Laugh. More. Because that is what sport is all about. 
What are your 2012 goals? Inspire me...

14 comments:

Steve said...

I like your art piece. That is your signature kinda, and I like it.

As to goals for me, geesh, I don't think I have any. I am not going to inspire you that is for sure. I would really like to have a good year of training where I stay healthy and am able to run 2 marathons, and the Riverbank 25K. That would be a successful year.

Only time goal I have is the sub: 22:00 5K

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

You can do it !!
You can do it!! ...
Do what I do and I know you can do a 55 !!...
I'm swimming the Hudson!!

Beth said...

I love your goals!!! Can't wait to see you cross them ALL off your list! :) My goal is to break 10 hours in IM. I want to see a 9!!! :)

Caroline said...

LOVE the goals! It's really great to hear about how much improvement you've been able to make on the swim. I've been consistently swimming about the same times for the past few years, which is disappointing, and I want to break that barrier once and for all this year - hearing about big improvements others have made through hard work give me hope for my own swim :). Oh, and consistently run well off the bike - too often I've let myself take it easy and I regret it in the end.

Matt said...

great post as normal! I know how hard of a worker you are and I am sure you will do your best to set yourself up to meet your goals! Knock them down!

My goal is to put together a solid run in a 70.3 and finally have solid IM race no specific time in mind since Canada can be fickle.

kT said...

Love that you are brave about sharing your goals, and love that they are big ones! I'm up at 5 (I know, not a big deal for a lot of IM folks) to go to the pool and work on my swimming goal of being able to see the lead women in ALL my races at the start of the bike.

ADC said...

I can see you crossing that finish line in 1st this year definitely. You were so close in Henley, like really close - she was running scared in front of you. I just hope I am there to see it next time :))

Snakebite said...

My goal - to ride the continental divide (following the Adventure Cycling Association's route) from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border in New Mexico. I can't get enough time off to do it all in one shot so I'll break it up in segments. This goal will probably spill over into 2013.

Jennifer Harrison said...

GREAT goals and fun and challenging (but doable OF course!).
My main goal this winter (short term) is to embrace the Chicago winter...I usually hibernate and hate the cold, but decided I will do the BIRKIE soon and I am going to get skiing! And, my main goal is always to stay balanced and KEEP IT real and fun.

solarpowered said...

After watching your progression over the past couple years, I can't wait to see you get that win -- and accomplish your other goals along the way :)

For me, I'm just hoping to feel successful in whichever races I decide to do this year -- and to enjoy every step of the NYC marathon in November!

J. L. said...

Nice goals! My main goal is to upgrade my road bike and to learn how to gain confidence on the bike and not cry going downhill at the Boise 70.3 bike course. . Your time goals are so impressive! Good luck with them. Sounds like you're well on your way with the swim.

Jason said...

Great goals. Love it.

My goal for 70.3 Puerto Rico in two months is 5:10. A 35 minute swim, 2:45 bike; 1:45 run.

Racing IMTX and IMAZ in the same year and still loving the sport when 2012 is done is the biggest goal out there. Let's hope I did not bite off more than I can chew but I will say this my mindset about triathlon has already changed and I don't think for one second that I will dislike it.....I mean I am already racing a 140.6 in 2013 and looking to do Leadman 250 in 2014......

The Northern Dude said...

Well, very nice charisa. Me i am returning to IM racing after 12 years where i completed my first IM. This is to celebrate my 50 th anniversary and show that 50 is only a number. Not only i am returning to IM racing I am planing and expexting to beat my time that when i was 38.

GoBigGreen said...

Im with Harrison, stay sane is 1st. And as always staying injury free is my main goal. that is boring tho :)
So...Tackle some half's and improve my nutrition for Madison.
If you have tips on keeping your stomach in one piece on the IM run, do share:) I know its a personal thing!