Goals and Dreams – 2012 Edition

Thanks to my occasional training buddy and teammate Genna Beth (R is for Running), I have decided to put down on paper (albeit electronic paper) my personal goals and plans for this next year. Since 2011 was a huge year of first’s it will be mostly time based, and I want to make them hard, but at the same time achievable.

I started 2011 at a different job, lost the job in January, and spent until August out of work. While that is hard in itself, it did afford me plenty of time for training. Since returning to the work force, time is limited and it has proven to be a challenge to get the training in, and still have time for homework, rest days, football watching (if you can call what the Dolphins and USF did this year football), etc. So the FIRST goal will be to figure out a way to get everything in. A huge goal by itself.

My schedule for 2012, as of today, is this:

  • Disney Marathon (January 7th)
  • St. Pete Rock and Roll Half Marathon (February 12th)
  • Wish 100 Century Ride (February 19th)
  • Michelob Ultra [15k/5k/13.1/5+3] (March 3-4)
  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (April 29th)
  • Ironman Florida 70.3 (May 20th)
  • Crystal River 1 (May 26th)
  • Crystal River 2 (June 30th)
  • Crystal River 3 (September 1)
  • Disney Wine and Dine (November ??)
That’s a pretty full slate, but I think it is spread out enough that it will be OK and doable, as long as we don’t get crazy and start adding races in “willy nilly”. 
So, as far as my Goals are concerned, they are these:
  • Sub 15:00 Overall Pace at Disney Marathon
  • Sub 3:00:00 Overall Time at St. Pete RnR
  • Sub 30:00 Mile Swimming Pace
  • Sub 30:00 5K
  • Top Ten in Clydesdale Group at Crystal River 1, 2, or 3
  • 1:43:00 at Crystal River (S 8:00 / B 50:00 / R 45:00)
  • 3:40:00 at St. Anthony’s (S 30:00 / B 1:30:00 / R 1:30:00)
  • 7:10:00 at Ironman Florida 70.3 (S 40:00 / B 3:00:00 / R 3:30:00)
Now they are in writing. To those reading this with racing experience, am I being too easy or too hard, or about right? The biggest “jumps” would be in the Crystal River races (PB is 2:57:00 so would have to cut 14 minutes), Half Marathon (current PB is 3:07:00 so would need 7 minutes, plus I need to finish St. Pete’s under 2:55:00 to be allowed to continue). The sub-30:00 5K may not be doable. Current best is 36:00 and running a sub 30 would mean a pace under 10:00 (PB is 11:14). 
Thoughts and Advice is always welcome.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!!

4 thoughts on “Goals and Dreams – 2012 Edition

  • December 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm
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    I'm at work reading this and would like to study your numbers a little more but for now, the schedule is a full one. But that's cool b/c it's spaced out well. Even with some back to back weekends, the type of race and distance isn't too crazy that you would need tons of recovery time anyway. The hardest weekend looks like the Gasparilla one with the 2 days of back to back running on concrete. Bayshore always kills my quads for days and days. I will study your time goals later and report back, ok?

  • December 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm
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    I'm at work reading this and would like to study your numbers a little more but for now, the schedule is a full one. But that's cool b/c it's spaced out well. Even with some back to back weekends, the type of race and distance isn't too crazy that you would need tons of recovery time anyway. The hardest weekend looks like the Gasparilla one with the 2 days of back to back running on concrete. Bayshore always kills my quads for days and days. I will study your time goals later and report back, ok?

  • December 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm
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    Always value your input KC, and I take it very seriously. I know that you know what you're talking about. Thanks for helping us!

  • December 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm
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    Always value your input KC, and I take it very seriously. I know that you know what you're talking about. Thanks for helping us!

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