2011, a recap

2011 is nearly done, and it’s been one heck of a year. The highlights include:

  • forty-three posts (this one makes forty-four!)
  • twenty-eight pounds lighter
  • four half-iron distance triathlons
  • three months meat-free (and mostly dairy-free)
  • two 24 hour running relays
  • one beer mile
  • one (nearly sub-four hour) marathon
  • one major injury

Speaking of the injury, I’m slowly recovering. The PT’s diagnosis was basically ‘tight hamstrings’, so now I leave my desk at work every couple hours to stretch in the stairwell. As of today I can run four miles pain free… well, mostly. I can still feel a tightness on the outside of the knee, but it’s definitely getting better.

I’ve always sworn off making new year’s resolutions, for silly reasons that never made much sense. I think I just felt that, lacking any self discipline, I would only be setting myself up for failure, and that I was prone to making unreasonable, unreachable goals. I was a pretty negative guy before I started self-medicating with ridiculous amounts of exercise .

I feel that these days I have a better handle on where I am, where I want to be, and how I’m going to get there, so let’s give it a shot:

  1. complete a full Ironman.
    1. Coeur d’Alene, June 24, 2012. The other resolutions all feed into this. To finish is the main thing, but secondary goals are to finish injury free, and under 12 hours.
  2. lose another 20 pounds.
    1. training for Ironman will take care of that. If the resulting muscle growth counteracts the weight loss, that’s fine. I probably ought to just say “get lean”, but I think another 20 pounds is pretty likely, and it’s a solid, quantifiable goal to work towards.
  3. abs.
    1. I think I’d look pretty good with a six-pack. Again, training will take care of this. Well, mostly. I’ll also have to stop drinking beer, which will be sad.
  4. continue to be meatless, try to eliminate dairy altogether.
    1. I’m strictly vegetarian at this point, but I still break on the dairy sometimes for certain things, like cookies. Especially cookies. Good golly but I do love me some cookies. Abs or cookies… this is my struggle.

Heading into the new year my plan is to continue recovery of my knee, plus weight training: hypertrophy to start, then strength. Around March I’ll start training for the Ironman in earnest, and the weights training will flip to a maintenance routine.

Happy New Year to you and yours. If you’re thinking of trying out a triathlon in 2012, stop it. That is, stop thinking about it, and sign up already. All you have to lose is fear, fat, and fatigue.

Go for it!

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