Goal #1 - Go sub-6 at Door County Half Iron July 22nd.
How? - Follow my plan. I used Gale Bernhardt plan last year and it seemed to work well. I cut back on the swimming to prevent shoulder injury and didn't do the strength training because I don't like to do it because I'm weak. Kind of sad, I don't like doing strength training because I'm weak yet I'm weak because I don't do strength training. I do have a plan to help with the strength training though, I joined an extreme fitness class at the Y that starts tonight. The description is "triathlon and marathon training program focusing on endurance and functional strength using different elements of land and water" Yikes! I can barely do 2 sets of 10 push ups and haven't done sit ups for years (practically never). This is going to hurt!
I put the Gale Bernhardt plan in a Google spreadsheet so I can access it anywhere. You can check it out here. Let me know if I missed some code descriptions.
Goal #2 - Go sub 1:45 at the RnR half marathon St. Louis October 21st.
This one is a real stretch considering my PR is 1:55 and some change.
How? - Get my mileage up to 30 miles per week and add in some speed/tempo work. It's likely I'll have to cut back my biking after the HIM and bump up the mileage further in August and September.
Goal #3 - Lose 10 pounds by May 20th (Carlyle Oly)
I'm carrying around an extra 15 pounds (maybe 20) and losing some weight will help with goal #1 and #2.
How? - I've never counted calories and I don't plan to start. I'm going to cut out some of the empty calories I'm taking in. To do this, I need to go to bed earlier (which should help me resume my morning person quest) to avoid that evening drink which often leads to some evening chips or ice cream. I'm not cutting that stuff out all together, I do have to live a little after all, I'm just cutting back. I'm also going to cut back on going out to lunch. The lunch portions at restaurants are enough for two people and I eat way more than half. I plan to have a salad for lunch at least two days a week. I'll be tracking my weight for the first time ever here.
Whenever I think of weight loss, I think of this funny Peyton Manning commercial. Enjoy......