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..


Apologies for the sloppy handwriting. Couldn't remember how to write in lower case.. 

Apologies for the sloppy handwriting. Couldn't remember how to write in lower case..