1) I plan to be in athlete mode this year. I want to be a beast, I want to get fast, and I want to nail my tris this summer, so I’ll be training often. Hence I will be wearing sweatpants.
2) I want to relax more. Lounge around and get my zen on. So I’ll want to be wearing something comfy.
3) I want to move more. I want to generally just be moving more often, so I figure that if I’m always wearing things that are easy to move in, I’ll seize the moment whenever I have the chance.
4) With each passing year, the odds that the zombie apocalypse will hit rise. When shit hits the fan, I want to be wearing some comfortable shit because a) I want to be able to maneuver my escape and b) I figure I’ll be stuck in that outfit for a long time. No one wants to go into the zombie apocalypse in heels and a pencil skirt.
But in all seriousness, I am making a commitment to be a better triathlete this year. I want to see what I’m capable of, so I’m going all in. While ‘resolving’ to be better is worthless, having a plan of action and working at it every day gets results. Here are some of the elements of my plan:
I’ll be going to bed earlier – so I can get up earlier. Over the past couple of years, as bedtime moved from 10:30pm to 12:30pm, I got out of the habit of morning workouts. After work workouts on days that don’t have a happy hour are fine, but not enough if you want to be a competitor. So for 2015, bedtime Sunday-Thursday is 10pm (10:30pm if something special’s going on).
I’ll be drinking less. While my bottle-a-week red wine habit probably isn’t the worst thing for my system, when you combine it with Saturday night beers and Sunday brunch cocktails, it isn’t doing me any favors. While training, five out of seven days of the week will be booze free. Making two days a week drinking days will give me the flexibility to party (or unwind) when I want to, but also give my system enough of a detox so I can perform at a higher level.
I’m reading up on and following professional athletes. Obviously, their lives are pretty different from mine, but they’re the best, so I want to know what they eat, how they train, who’s advice they follow, and what makes them tick. Hopefully I’ll pick up a few nuggets that I can integrate into MY plan.
I’ll be doing a little bit of investing in myself. The new bike was the biggest piece of this, but I’m also taking that Masters swim class with a USAT certified coach, and I’m making some adjustments to my budget so I can invest in my training. I’m not yet sure if that means purchasing a bike trainer for the apartment, signing up for a computrainer session, joining a pool so I can spend more time in the water, or getting a coach; but I’m doing my research so I can make smart investments in myself and my training.
So that’s the first leg of my plan? What do you think?