December 31, 2015


Sometimes I kid myself into thinking that I write these posts because other people want to read them. While I do hope a few of you will read this entry, I continue to update this blog for my own personal motivation and reflection.  I share it for the accountability.  And 2016 should be no different...for the most part.

So here's what's on my mind...

A week or so ago, I shared my early thoughts for 2016 with my wife.  Afterall, if I don't have her support, it could be a LONG year!  I've learned!

Once I finished sharing, and she finished digesting, she shot back with, "why does the race always have to be the goal?...why can't it just be about YOU and your HEALTH?...isn't that why you do this?"

Dangit!  I hate it when she's right!

At the end of the day, it became clear that the Boston Marathon no longer made any sense!  The ONLY reason I wanted to do Boston again was 1) to improve my time and 2) oh yeah, it's Boston.  Boston is not cheap and if I'm going to spend that kind of money, I want it to be a new and exciting "bucket list" type of experience...more on that later.

So, what am I going to do this year?  Get Healthy!

It starts with the first 6 weeks of the year!  Increase water, reduce soda, eliminate alcohol.  Increase fruits and veggies, reduce carbs and ultimately LOSE WEIGHT!   This effort will still include a daily workout including at least one strength session each week.  Molly and I are going into this year side by side sharing this weight loss goal!  And together, we WILL be successful!  (Biggest Loser starts next week)

Once we get back from New Zealand (yeah, you should be jealous), I will begin a disciplined training schedule for two races while maintaining healthy eating habits.

May 7 - Indianapolis Mini-Marathon - Mega Mini Challenge
As an ambassador for this race, I hope you'll join me and be sure to select my name as your referring ambassador when you register!  I'll be doing the Mega Mini Challenge which is both the 5k and the half marathon, back to back!  It's a great added challenge for veteran half marathoners!  I'm not putting any pressure on myself for a PR, it's all for fun and health!  Should be a blast!

July 9 - Ironman Muncie 70.3 
Yep!  After a 2 year hiatus from triathlon, it's time to get back to swim, bike, run!  As I reflect on the last 5 years, I was the healthiest and in the best physical condition going into this race in 2012 and 2013.  I am absolutely convinced that the cross training required for triathlon will get me back to where I want to be, and that's why I'll be back in the pool for the first time in 2 years starting next week!  I have not officially signed up yet because I want to be sure my health, fitness and weight goals are met first (price doesn't go up again until May).  But yes, I want to PR - under 6:15!

Beyond that we're going to leave the second half of the year to chance - I will enter the lottery for the NYC marathon (for the 4th time) and if it's meant to be, then I will gladly put the work (and money) in for this bucket list race - The lottery drawing is March 8.  If I don't get selected, then there will be no full marathon in 2016!  And I'm okay with that!

My sponsorship with Team Chocolate Milk continues in 2016, but I have not been granted any races yet.  I did request RnR Las Vegas again though, so If NYC doesn't work out, hopefully I can make a return trip to Vegas!

2016 is going to be another great year!  What are your goals?

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