Monday, March 09, 2009

Goals, goals, goals

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
- Anatole France

I know I meant to write about my goals for this year, but somehow I didn't get around to doing it. Better late than never, so here they are:

1. The Big Goal: Competing again in October. I briefly thought about doing a competition earlier in the year (the All-Female Classic in July has a certain appeal), but I know that I need to add quite a bit of muscle in some areas, so the longer I give myself to do that, the better. My aim after all, is to be bigger and badder, not skinnier and scrawnier.

I'll decide on exactly which comp I'll enter closer to the time.

2. My health goal: Continuing the work I've been doing on my recalcitrant thoracic area....and my wonky hips. I've made some huge leaps here, but there's still plenty of room for improvement.

One thing I've noticed is a big difference in my posing, and I'm crediting that entirely to the boring old mobility/flexibility work that's gone on over previous months.

3. My short-term mini-goal: The Mothers Day Classic - only the 4km run; I know my limitations and I have no desire to do any event longer than 5km again.

I'm also not actually fussed about time, because having done this run three times already, I know that it's next to impossible to maintain a decent pace, due to the sheer number of entrants. I'll be happy just to participate and to do my bit to raise some funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation.

4. My lifestyle goal: To eat well, train hard and enjoy the process. Not just in the lead-up to an event, but all the time, even while maintaining.

That's it. A short list of mostly simple things I plan to achieve. No big, dramatic stuff in there, but this year is all about consolidating. My overriding plan is to accomplish these things and not land back in the deep, dark pit I've stumbled and fallen into in the past.

This balance thing is harder than it looks.

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