2014: #TheYearOfBigThings

Here we are: January 2014.  A fresh start.  A clean slate.  Another year to fill with awesomeness.  2013 filled me with a confidence that I've never known in all my years of racing.  It has also lit a fire in my belly to aim higher in 2014.   I feel like the possibilities are endless.  It's a nice feeling to have.

My race calendar has started to fill up nicely with the usual suspects in the first half of the year:  The Chilly Half Marathon, Around the Bay and Boston.   After Boston I've got the BIG one of the year: Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg.  This will be my first half ironman in almost 10 years.  And my first longer distance triathlon since IM Switzerland in 2008.  To say I am a bit scared would be a bit of an understatement.  Good thing I have a coach and an amazing team to guide me along. 

The second half of the year is a bit of a question mark.  I'd like to do Bala Falls and Toronto Island again.  And of course there will be the Scotia Half.  That might be about it.  But it might not.  Who knows.  I'm not ready to commit to too much just yet.  I have a couple of very lofty goals for 2014.  Both of which scare the pants off me and excite me at the same time.  Funnily enough I saw a post by Robyn Baldwin on instagram this morning that said:  If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough.  True Dat.  With that being said, here are my goals for 2014:

Boston:  3:10 (or faster)  That is a whole 6 minutes faster than I ran it last year.  I feel like I am faster than I was last year.  Scratch that, I know I am faster than I was last year.  This year I won't be an idiot and kill myself at ATB either so I will hopefully head into Boston at 100%.  Clearly I will have to see how my training goes.  If I am struggling to hit my goal pace times, then I will have to re-evaluate.  And, I will have to be ok with that, which is sometimes the bigger challenge for me.

Luxembourg 70.3:  5:30 or faster.  I didn't know much about the course when we registered, other than you swim in the Mosel River, the bike course is somewhat hilly and the run course is a 3 loop flat course.  I finally managed to find a course elevation profile for the bike.  Looks like I've got to work on my climbing and descending skills.  At least the beginning and ending are flat, ha ha. 

Those are my two main goals this season.  There is a third but I'm not ready to share it just yet.  We'll see how things go over the next few months. 

Boston training has started and 70.3 training will officially start next week.  The first thing I noticed about my plan was that Ming is going to be taking me out of the gym.  No more heavy lifting for me.  I'm freaking out a bit but I know he has reason for it.  So instead of Tuesday & Thursday lifting sessions, I'll be on the bike.  He's not removing strength training from my routine altogether though, thank goodness.  He'll have me doing a simple body weight routine a couple of times a week.  I have gotten quite strong in the last 6 weeks and I've really noticed a change in my body, especially my upper body.  I really hope I don't lose that.  Only time will tell I suppose. 

So that's it.  2 Big Goals for 2014.  This is why I've dubbed it #TheYearOfBigThings

What are your goals for 2014?