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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hello 2013!

2012 kind of sucked, for a lot of reasons.  I can blame life events or injuries, which would be accurate, but I could have also battled through harder and got the job done.  I didn't, so it was a disappointing year on a lot of fronts, a great year on a few others (Adventure Racing went great!).

Time to look ahead!

Goal #1 - Toronto Marathon PB

I have done three full marathons now, and none of them have quite gone right.  It's the one distance that consistently beats me.

2008 - Toronto Marathon - goal was to finish, result was 3:56.  Paced it all wrong, as most do in their first.  Went out too fast.

2010 - Toronto Marathon - goal was 3:35, result was 3:44.  Again, big drop-off in the last 10km, went out too fast, yada yada yada.

2011 - NYC marathon - goal was 3:35 again (or even 3:40), result was a horrific 3:55.  Yes, big drop-off in the last 10km, but this time due to some very bad knee pain that ended up sidelining me for months.

2013 - back to the Toronto marathon.  It's in the spring, so training all winter for it.  I am sticking to a very specific training plan this time, rather than trying to shoe-horn marathon training into my cycling schedule.  The PB is the main goal, pacing to a 3:35 finish but really anything under 3:44 will be a win.

Goal #2 - Get My Stupid Weight Down

I'm hovering at about 185lbs again, after the holiday season.  This is borderline for someone at 6' tall between "Normal" and "Overweight" in the BMI - which for someone as active as me is just frustrating.

Some years I do better at this than others, but this year I really want to get into those low 170's.  There's no question it helps my performance.

Goal #3 - Sub-20:00 5k

This one will haunt me forever if I don't do it now.  I came close in 2011, with a 20:05, but I don't want this one to be the one that got away.  I know I can do it, especially if I fix the weight thing.

Goal #4 - Biking Something Something

I don't know yet what I want to do the rest of the year, I've only really thought about the spring and running... I'll set some other goals later!  I'm sure biking and canoeing will factor in, though.

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