Looking back on 2012, it was a crazy year. I set five goals for myself, and I’ll go over those in a bit, but just in general, I changed jobs (a major, major life change for me), we tried living with a roommate for a while, we raced, and raced, and raced, and for the first time on a long time (well, really ever in our married life) we travelled a whole lot, including a big family trip to Florida, a week in Vegas for my birthday, and a trip to Wisconsin to race a Half Ironman. That’s the high level overview… but what about the goals I set?
Goal 1: Run a Half Marathon in under 2 hours.
FAIL. I came pretty close – by the end of the year I managed to run 2 half marathons less than 4 weeks apart and finish both in just over 2:06 – very close to my PB time of 2:03:57. But a sub 2 hour half marathon was just not in the cards this year, and I think I know why. I trained all spring to run a half marathon after a 56 mile bike ride. I did not train to run fast, I trained to endure. Running 11 and 12 minute miles was the goal – not 9 minute miles. So I taught myself to go slow. By the time Racine was done, I tried to add speed work back into my training, but it was an uphill battle. In the end, I’m really proud of my times at both the Grand Forks Half Marathon and the WFPS Half Marathon. I still think someday I might be able to break 2 hours… but it was not to be in 2012, and I don’t expect to do it in 2013 either.
Goal 2: Complete a Half Ironman Triathlon
WIN!! I finished the Racine Ironman 70.3 in just over 8 hours (8:07) – well under the allotted 8.5 hour time limit. As I review my post from last January, I see we wanted to do Calgary – my work schedule made that impossible, so Racine was our backup plan. In the end, it was a long, brutal race, and it taught me SO MUCH. My swim was strong. My bike sucked… we needed a lot more hill training, we were unprepared. My run was marginal at best – the race was run in 92F weather, and after a long, punishing bike, I had little left for the run, but in the end, I did what I set out to do – finish a Half Ironman.
Goal 3: Start a Personal Finance Blog
WIN…. then FAIL. I started it, and was beginning to build a small audience. But at the end of the day, I struggled to find my voice, and when I started my new job, I surrendered – I gave up blogging almost completely, both here and there. While I still posted once every couple of weeks here, I quit the other blog. I just didn’t enjoy it enough to keep going.
Goal 4: Develop a Side Business to generate $200+ per month
FAIL. Yup, another fail. We had a roommate for a while, I made a little cash off my blog (a couple of sponsored posts, etc.), we even did some pet sitting…. at the end of the day, the amount of money generated wasn’t worth the effort we were putting in to it. Especially once I started my new job (long hours, with less flexibility), there just didn’t seem to be any extra time any more.
Goal 5: Reduce Total Debt – Amount TBD
FAIL. We definitely took on additional debt this year. We have a plan to deal with it, and it’s pretty low interest, so I’m not concerned.
So in looking at my year, I didn’t do very well… which tells me that I chose the wrong goals. My fitness goals were either achieved or came close; my financial and business goals… well, I chose to take my career in an entirely different direction this year, which threw everything off the rails! (My 40 goals before I’m 50 list now has multiple irrelevant goals on it too…. I guess all goals are a living document that need to change as life circumstances happen).
2013 is a fresh, new year. I’m joining Rebecca’s 13 in 13 challenge and setting goals for 2013…. I’m trying hard to select ones that I feel are important, that I feel are achievable, and that make sense for me. A lot of them will be fitness related – I have one major goal this year, to successfully complete Ironman Mont Tremblant, and to hear Mike Reilly say those magic words. Most of my other goals will dovetail into this major goal. That post is coming soon.