January 19, 2016

10 Fitness Goals for 2016

It’s the beginning of the new year and I am a firm believer in goals and having something to work towards so I took a few minutes to jot down 10 Fitness Goals that I wanted to accomplish fitness-wise in 2016.

Of course there are likely others that I could add here, the ones that I listed are a bit more trackable. Things I can check off a list for the most part. A few of the goals are trying to top previous records that I have set including the first one on the list.

So here are my 10 fitness goals for the 2016 year.

10 Fitness Goals

1. Ride 1500 Miles

Ever since I got my bike about 4 years ago my mileage has continued to go up. Last year was by far the most miles i have put in topping out at 1,095 miles over the course of they year.

This year I want to top that, and so I have set a goal of 1500 miles for this year which would again be a personal best.

2. Seattle To Portland x3

This will be the 3rd time in 4 years I will ride in the Seattle To Portland bike ride. This should be a fun year with the possibility of my sister and brother-in-law taking part as well as my good friend Erin, and some co-workers as well.

3. Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and Party (RSVP)

Adding a new long ride to my list I want to complete RSVP for the first time ever.  This event occurs just a month after STP, so I should be in shape and ready to handle it.  This will also contribute another couple hundred miles to my 1500 mile goal.

4. Run 150 Miles

2011 was my peak year in terms of running and in terms of weight loss as well. Topping out at 148 miles I haven’t even come close to that number in the years since. Last year I came up with a measly 67.5 as I turned my focus almost exclusively to cycling.

This year in keeping with the tradition beating my past bests I want to surpass my personal best and run 150 miles or more by the end of the year.

5. Run At Least a Half-marathon

3 out of the past 4 years I have also run a half-marathon. This year I want to add a 4th to the list.

I left the door open on this one to possibly run a full marathon as well. This is something I have always wanted to do, but never taken the challange head on. Maybe with my running goal this is the year.

6. Track Everything

I subscribe heavily to the idea that tracking something is better than nothing. I have done this throughout my weight loss, tracking food intake, exercise, sleep, etc.

One thing I haven’t been great about tracking is heart rate. Partly due to hardware, but also due to not being organized or too lazy to worry about it. Heart rate is a pretty critical tool to determine what zone your training in, getting a somewhat more accurate calorie count etc.

In addition to heart rate I want to track my rides better as well. In particular Seattle to Portland (STP). In the past several times I have done it I either haven’t had the hardware to track or in last years case, a iOS update prevented me from tracking the data in the way that I wanted.

Data helps you make better decisions, and when it comes to health I want to make good decisions.

7. Hiking & Backpacking More

This one is pretty self explanatory. Last year I only made one hike and although it was amazing, in fact one of the places I most wanted to go it just made me realize how much I love getting outdoors and seeing and experiencing these natural places that much of the world doesn’t get to see.

There’s something about reconnecting with nature and getting away from the constant chatter of technology, cars, people etc that helps to clear your mind and keep you sane.

I need to do this more.

8. Lose An Addition 20 Pounds

Over the course of the past 3 years I have added about 20 pounds from where I was at my lowest back in 2012 or so. I would like to refocus and get back to 190 pounds which is what I was when I first met my Fiance.

At the time of this writing I am well on the way having lost about 3.5 pounds over the course of the last 8 days leaving another 16.5 pounds remaining from the original goal.

9. Eat more Veggies

This one again is pretty self explanatory. In the past I had made large portions of veggies for most meals and focused on eating those first, then eating the entree. The result was getting full for not a lot of calories and for good nutritional value. I would like to get back to that.

10. Drink more water

Here again, this is self explanatory and not to mention trackable.

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