New Years is always a time of reflection of the previous year and goal setting for what's to come. I have never gotten caught up in the whole "resolution" thing, instead, I'm much more of a big picture, goal-setter, dream-big type gal. I determine what my major goals are an mobilize my resources and set up a plan of action to make them happen.
I am also a fan of setting small, easily attainable goals. One such goal for 2015 is to learn how to make an infographic. Maybe you'll start seeing them more on here... maybe not. Regardless, I decided to knock this one out early by summarizing my 2014 Training in Numbers through this lovely graphic:
Again, I'm much more of a big-picture type person, so I don't get to caught up in the specific numbers of this graphic. Instead, I think it's interesting to see how the ratio of time spent running-biking-swimming changed from 2013 to 2014 with the switch to triathlon. I mean, it was an obvious change to me training-wise but it's fun to visualize it in a different manner. It's also pretty neat to view my totals for the year: i.e. how all those little efforts along the way to achieving my major goal (ironman) added up! Since 2015 is looking to be a lot like 2014, I'll be interested to see where the numbers fall this time next year.
All that being said, here are my major training and life goals for 2015. I hope you too have taken some time to reflect how you wish to spent your time in the coming year and what major goals you will be pursuing. If you haven't, there's still plenty of time to do so and go make it happen!
2015 Fitness Goals
Work hard & have fun w/ major emphasis on improved cycling endurance/strength
Continue to build upon current run/swim fitness
More social training & stay injury free!
Boston Marathon in April
Beach 2 Battleship Full in October
2015 Life Goals
Begin to more actively pursue CSSD credential
(Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics)
Continue to strive for balance between family-career-training-social life
Step outside my comfort zone more
Read my bible more & be active with church
Spent more time doing the things I love (husband & puppy time, cooking, blogging, recipe creation, etc) and less on "obligatory" things
What are your goals for 2015?
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
Another year has flown by, which means it's time to sit back and reflect on the past season. It has been a season of challenge in many regards, and most definitely not the season I had hoped or planned for. Thinking back to my coaching meeting in January, coach Jim and I had discussed taking things to the next level and I set some pretty high goals for myself. That remained the plan through June, until I through a complete 180 by dropping Chattanooga and deciding to focus on my health. I can vividly remember that day, sitting next to the pool after a short workout when coach asked if Chattanooga was still in the cards. I don't remember whether or not I actually responded, but I do remember the emptiness and defeat I felt in that moment knowing in my heart that the answer was no. I consider myself a "fighter"... being Italian makes me stubborn to the core and I am very loyal to the commitments that I make. However, in that moment God was calling me to let go of my own personal plans and trust in Him instead. As humbling and difficult as it was to walk away from Ironman training this past season, I'm incredibly glad that I did.Hearty Miso Soup
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