Challenges

There’s No Finish Line in Fitness

The other day I came across this Nike ad:

I love this ’cause it’s so true – it’s not like you reach a certain fitness level and then you magically stay there without doing anymore work, much as I wish that was the case. Which to me means that I have to continually set new goals and evaluate my progress in order to keep improving.

So now that we’re half way through 2012, it’s time for me to reflect back on those SMART goals I set in January, evaluate my progress and determine if I need to adjust my plans, etc in order to keep climbing that fitness mountain.

This year I set 4 goals:

  1. Finish the Chilly Half Marathon in under 2 hours.
  2. Raise $1000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Ride for Heart.
  3. Obtain my Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation from the NIGP.
  4. Do a triathlon this summer.

So how am I doing?   Do I need to set new goals, create new plans?

  1. Finish the Chilly Half Marathon in under 2 hours: I trained and ran my butt off and finished in 1:52:47
  2. Raise $1000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Ride for Heart: I did the 75k ride (on a borrowed bike) and raised $400.
  3. Obtain my Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation from theNIGP: I’m in the process of applying to determine my eligibility – I’ve requested my transcripts and have completed the application – I just need to get those transcripts from the University and Colleges that I’ve attended and mail the package in.   I have had to adjust that goal because the process of obtaining transcripts has taken me longer than anticipated, so instead of writing the exam this fall, I’ll be writing it next Spring.
  4. Do a triathlon this summer: I registered for the Ontario Women’s Sprint Distance Triathlon and will be racing on September 2, 2012. I’m now well on my way with my training (I ran 5k 3x this week, swam twice and went to one spinning class).

All in all I’m doing a pretty good job with my goals – better than previous years, but I found that I worked so hard in the first half of the year that I burnt myself out and am having a hard time motivating myself to follow my sprint triathlon training plan. Part of it may also be that the triathlon goal is rather unrealistic – I don’t have a bike, I’m solo parenting this summer, and swimming in the evenings or early in the morning sucks the energy right out of me.   I guess what I’m saying is that it’s not the right goal for me this year, but I’m already committed to it, so I’ll carry on.

Since fitness doesn’t have a finish line, I’ll be setting different goals for next year.   I’d like to try a 3-4 month period where I focus predominantly on strength, rather than cardio, then maybe enter into another cardio phase and race a half marathon, followed by a speed phase where I train for a bunch of shorter distance running races.

Overall I’m really enjoying trying new fitness goals, training plans, classes and the like – it’s fun and as I get older I’m finding that there’s way more time in my life to try new things than I ever imagined.

Question/sharing: What new fitness goals have you set for yourself for the second half of 2012?

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  • Emma
    July 4, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Do you want to borrow my bike for the summer? I’m not really using it. It’s a nice bike, although it’s not a racing bike, it’s a hybrid. Would be good for training! you are welcome to come and take a look at it. Somewhere I even have clips for it if you have cycling shoes and want to swap out the pedals.

  • Miz
    July 4, 2012 at 8:36 am

    The husband doesn’t love when I say ‘the finish line is when we’re dead’
    But
    In a way
    It’s
    TRUE!!

  • Yellow Haired Girl
    July 4, 2012 at 9:51 am

    You’re kicking butt, girl! Wow! I’ve made a committment to training my back more … it’s something I tend to neglect (because I hate it). And although it’s not really a fitness goal – I’m going to try and drink more water! So important!

  • Kodjo
    July 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I’m going for an 8-packs for 2H2012 ! I have to make it happen if I am to shoot my workout DVD by next year 😉

  • Roz
    July 4, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Good on you Janice. My goal is to run a sub 2 hour half marathon (on track for the race Sunday week) and to do my first marathon in under 4:15. I also have personal goals around being calmer and more accepting especially in my parenting! Good luck with your list and thanks for sharing. Look forward to hearing all the achievements as the year goes on.

    • Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader
      July 5, 2012 at 10:42 am

      You are going to KILL that half marathon and the marathon! I’m so inspired by your training lately – you go girl!

  • Christine
    July 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    You’re doing such a great job with your goals and congrats on sub-2 hour half marathon!! That’s awesome. I really want to do another triathlon but the training is what scares me off. I did one before pre-kids when I could train whenever I wanted but now, the pool hours and school and work and everything else definitely makes it logistically challenging. I like the idea you have for focusing 3-4 months of different chunks of fitness. I might have to try that too!

  • Lisa Eirene (
    July 6, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I’m currently training for a Century ride (100 miles). I have 1 month to get my weekly mileage up.

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