My 2011 Endurance Goals

As another year comes to a close, it’s time for me to reflect on 2010 and look ahead to 2011. I want to set a few key goals to work toward in the coming year—ones that will keep me active and allow me to expand my strength and overall endurance.

2010 in Review

This year was eventful on many levels. I finished several key races with modest improvements in performance—yet no definitive end to my cramping issues. I completed four triathlons and one ultra marathon with a couple of smaller races sprinkled in that mix for good measure. Two of my races were 70.3 (half ironman) triathlons. The other two triathlons were Olympic distance, and, in each of those, I set personal best times. The ultra marathon was a mess for me (read more about it), but I managed to eek out a 50-mile effort. Cramping remained an issue for me this year with the exception of the final 70.3 triathlon of the season. Chaffing was my nemesis during that final race. At least it wasn’t cramping, and Band-Aids solved that issue rather easily.

Pro Tip: Never forget to apply body glide to your nipples before a multi-hour endurance event!

Surfing in KauaiIn October I married an amazing, beautiful woman who supports my athletic endeavors—even the most outlandish ones. While on our honeymoon in Hawaii, I rediscovered my love for surfing. And, I’m returning to school full-time in 2011 to focus on healthcare studies. All of this, I’m hoping, will assist and improve my focus on my athletic training and conditioning.

While remaining injury-free for the 2010 active season, I came up short of making it out of the year unscathed. Just prior to Thanksgiving, I suffered a rather serious neck injury. I herniated a disc between C6 and C7 in my neck, causing some severe pain and spams radiating into my shoulder-blade. This has sidelined me for a few weeks until my physician and physical therapist give me the all clear to resume training. Fortunately, I’m feeling much better right now and anticipate a return to full activity within a couple weeks of writing this.

My 2011 Goals

  • Become a Certified Personal Trainer.
  • Figure out my cramping issue during training to avoid race meltdowns.
  • Run between 50 and 100 miles in a fat ass ultra this Spring.
  • Do a few Olympic and 70.3 distance triathlons (events TBD).
  • Run 100 miles in the BoMF 20in24 in July.
  • Complete a 140.6 triathlon in late Summer or early Fall (event TBD).
  • Improve my surfing quality and quantity on multiple coasts.
  • Log more miles via foot and/or bike for local trips than via cars.

That’s enough to keep me focused and busy for the foreseeable future with the time and effort invested yielding both health and fitness dividends along the way. I’ll be posting here with updates on event decisions, training progress, and any milestones reached. What are your 2011 endurance goals?