February 2, 2018
I woke up Thursday morning this week and told Darlene “The Open starts three weeks from today”. I started this journey in August of last year and we are getting close to the conclusion. I wanted to take a little time to recap how I’ve done in meeting the goals that I outlined in my very first post which you can see here.
Post an update to the Blog every week.
Train hard for eight months.
Place in the Top 200 for 50 – 54 year old males in the CrossFit Open.
How Have I Done?
My first goal was to update this blog weekly.
I started this blog because what really pushes me is accountability. My hope is that if I say I’m going to do something, I do it. Writing something new every week is a major time commitment. I don’t claim to be an accomplished writer but I’m happy to say that so far I’ve accomplished this goal.
My second goal was to train hard for eight months. I’m excited to say that so far I have done this.
I’m excited because these past six months have given me a renewed joy for exercise. I love going to CrossFit. I can’t wait for warmer weather so I can get back on my bike. I look forward to swimming on 90 degree days. I look forward to an active life…..how great is that?
My last goal of making the Top 200 in my age group of the CrossFit Open has been the driving force of this blog. This goal is the thorn in my side, it is always on my mind, always pushing me. I hate this goal and I love this goal.
I’ve always wanted to be “Super Fit”, but never have been able to define Super Fit. This year I defined Super Fit as placing in the Top 200. I realize that this is completely arbitrary but it is how I have chosen to measure Super Fit.
With three weeks to go before the Open, I can honestly say I have no idea if I will meet this goal. I don’t want to fail, but there is a real possibility that this will happen. I’m glad I still have three weeks before it all starts.
I have learned and done so many new things during this journey.
I did a 100 mile bike ride, which was on my bucket list. I can now do Pull-ups, Toes to Bar, and Chest to Bar Pull-ups.
My diet and nutrition are so much better then when I started this journey. I now eat Avocado, Sweet Potatoes, and Fish. I’ve also begun to drink coffee, it makes me feel like I’m all grown up….smile.
I now take a few daily supplements, Fish Oil, Vitamin C, and Creatine.
I sleep better and just generally feel better.
I haven’t figured this out yet. I know I need to have them. I’ve been a goal setter my whole life, and the benefits I have received from setting goals are life changing for me. If you don’t already do it I highly recommend the process.
Three Quick Thoughts on Goals:
Your goals need to be measurable.
Write your goals down.
Share your goals with someone that will help keep you accountable.
The last two are self-explanatory but the first one might need a little explanation.
You need to avoid goals like, “I need to eat better” and “I want to work out more”. You need to give yourself a way to measure how successful you are in meeting your goal. It would be better to say “I’m going to eat no more than 2,000 calories per day” or “I will go to Veneta CrossFit three times per week”.
In trying to determine my new goals one of them revolves around this blog. It appears that roughly 800 people per week read about my journey. Either that or my always supportive Mom is reading my post 800 times each week.
I really have limited knowledge of who is reading my post. Any feedback I could receive would be awesome.
It will take a little effort on your part because I don’t know how to make the comments section of my web-site work. Believe me this is completely because of my lack of skill and isn’t a reflection on anyone else.
I would like to know who is reading, if you like the posts, if they are helpful, even if you’re just reading because you think what I’m doing is crazy/stupid. Please let me know.
You can DM me on Facebook either through my personal account or through the Veneta Crossfit Facebook account. If you want to e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org this will also work.
Once again thanks for joining me on my journey.