Another cliche new years resolution coming at cha!
Just think of it as a post laying out some goals and aspirations for the next 365 days that just happens to be published at the beginning of January.
Last year for New Years Resolutions, I went total blogger-psycho laying out 52 new thing I was going to try for the year (1 for each week) and failed. To be fair, I did actually experience a few things that were on the list, but in the end, I’m not sure I really achieved or learned anything overall.
That is a lie. I learned that without television, my life is very, very quiet.
This year, with a year of blogging under my belt, I know better and have some clarity on how I want my 2017 to look.
Finish Ironman Atlantic City
One of my biggest physical goals for the year is to complete my first Ironman 70.3 in Atlantic City. I’ll (hopefully) be swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56 and finishing off with a breezy 13.1 run. Yeah I know. Sounds terrible. The few glimpses of hope I see in all this is that:
- I picked a location where I figured some people might want to come, watch and hang out. That’s right, all you gamblers, degenerates and beach babes, pack your bags and mark September 17 in your calendar!
- I’ll be racing with my #TriOrDie, Lauren and will get almost a full year of swimming, biking and running with an awesome lady.
- After I’m done, I’m going to drink, a lot AND play some black jack.
To help avoid total disaster come race day, I’m going to follow a pretty specific training plan (IronFit) and have some small goals to ensure I can fit all my training in without having to compromise the rest my life. Some of these goals include slowly incorporating more morning/mid day workouts, joining a running group AND most importantly I think for me, improving my at home cycling game. I’ve already bought my indoor trainer and am begining to research some attachable aero bars. I’ve also seen some pretty streamers I’d like to add to my handle bars.
Let’s DO this.
Contribute to community
This year, more than ever, I’m feeling a need to revisit my love of community building. To do this, I have selected a volunteer opportunity I want to commit some time to, specifically, 2x a month. The organization is Achilles International. This amazing initiative makes it possible for EVERYONE to participate in mainstream athletic events. Children and adults with disabilities, war veterans who have suffered trauma and able-bodied runners train together in order to build a community and make everyone’s race aspirations become a reality. Able bodied runners act as the eyes, ears or legs for a fellow runner while both of the participants give each-other motivation. If you are interested in joining, check out this list of chapters and see if there is a workout near you!
Be a good puppy mom
On December 23, Steven and I found our that we had been approved/selected to become puppy parents! After months and months of scouring Petfinder, we finally have found ourselves in a situation where we can finally add a furry member to our family. In the weirdest series of events searching for a dog, we found a rescue organization that saves dogs in rural Korea (the land of my people) and brings them to the US once they have found a suitable family (thats us!) SO meet “Toto” or as we have been calling her, “Noodle.”
We will be picking up young Noodle from the airport in February. I’m so looking forward to Noodle adding a little mischief and a LOT of love to our lives. I know puppies are a lot of work, but nothing worthwhile comes easy, amarite? I’m so excited I can hardly handle it, but the time we are waiting for Noodle gives us time to prepare and finish our “How to raise the perfect puppy” book we are reading 🙂 Many more updates to come!
Keep Blogging honest
I love blogging but only really enjoy it when I FEEL like I have something to say. I’m not sure I’ll ever be the blogger that keeps to a schedule, has cute post themes names like “Tasty Tuesdays” (although I kind of like that, so don’t steal it) but I will be the blogger that always post something that she cares about. I’m feeling revitalized and full of words (big words!) and I can’t wait to share with you more:-)