My Goals for 2016
Alright so it's October, the year is on the final lap, temperatures here in Dallas are FINALLY becoming bearable, and there's still a few things I want to accomplish before 2016 comes to a close. I've got about 3 months left. On top of that, we are talking about a 3 month period that contains the holiday season, some work travel to Arkansas and Louisiana, and other special occasions (i.e. weddings, birthdays, monday night football) Maybe I should just pack it in, coast through the next few months, and start fresh with the new year..
Nah, lets give it a go. Why put off tomorrow what you can start today? LETS GOOOOO!!!
But first, how about a couple of rules..
Rule Number 1: The goal must be Measurable. I want to do better than set goals like "I want to lose weight," or "I want to be a faster runner" or "I want a bigger chest". I like tying what I call quantifiable criteria to these goals. For instance, one of my goals will be to run a 5k in under 20 minutes. My current fastest official 5k time was 20 minutes, 39 seconds. Not only does this give me a specific time to strive for, but it also allows me to track my progress going forward. A 40 second improvement on my 5k should be in the range of possibility within this timeframe, which brings me to the next rule.
Rule Number 2: The goal must be attainable. One of my many dreams is to complete an Ironman Triathlon. Here's how Wikipedia describes it:
-An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break.
At the moment, I probably couldn't run a marathon in itself, I don't own a bike, and I can't swim more than 100 meters without having to stop and catch my breath for a few minutes. By the way, I have yet to complete a triathlon of any distance. Perhaps its best to leave the ironman on the back -burner, and talk about goals that can be met by the end of the year.
Rule Number 3: I must provide proof. I hereby commit to recording my progress towards accomplishing each of these goals on this blog. Upon completion, I will provide necessary proof of my success. And so I ask of you, don't let me slip. HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE. If I fail to provide said proof, or I fail to reach any one of my goals..
Rule Number 4: There will be Consequences. I will do a set of 100 consecutive burpees for every goal I don't complete by the end of 2016. Again, I will hold myself to the same standard of documentation, and provide proof of any burpee sets owed on New Year's Day.
Alright, the rules are set. Here are the 5 goals I want to complete before the end of 2016.
1. Finish a 5k in under 20 minutes
2. Finish in the top 10 teams of the Dallas Spartan Beast Race (Competitive Division).
3. Bench press 300 pounds for 1 repetition.
4. Make it to the finals of the 2016 ASA Arlington Fall Invitational.
5. Publish at least 25 posts to this blog.
Let's go to work..