My unofficial goals for 2015 were to improve in all three disciplines, run 1500 miles, PR at the spring Olympic race I do every year and qualify for AG nationals, take some time off my second shot at 70.3 (also the same race as last year... I like to stick with what works), and go sub-4 in my fall marathon. And lose some weight. That's not asking too much, is it?
Swimming and biking went OK. I did swim a lot more and logged my highest-volume month ever, but my pool times still suck. I tried to find another master's group but that one was also a bust. I did take almost a minute off an open-water mile race I do every year, and did the swim leg of the 70.3 21 seconds faster than last year and placed better comparatively, so I had mild success there. I bought a magnetic trainer and re-dedicated myself to indoor riding on my tri bike, not my old, crappy ten-speed. I was on pace to set a small bike PR at my 70.3 before lightning canceled the race, so I consider that another mild success although it's unofficial. I also got a tiny bit less uncomfortable with riding in aero.
The PR and AG nationals qualification didn't happen. I skimped on strength and pre-hab training and ran myself into a couple injuries, which put an end to the 1500 miles goal I had been on pace for. That also took away the possibility of a sub-4. The losing weight also didn't happen. I got on the scale Jan. 1 and saw a number I have never seen before. My BMI is officially into the "overweight" category. I knew it would be bad, but sheesh.
On the plus side, I did run 141 more miles than last year and did finish my 7th marathon in a respectable-for-me time when my injuries made me unsure I would finish at all.
Because I'm still not really running, I'm holding off on making any triathlon goals for 2016. My first order of business is to strengthen and stay healthy. I may not be able to do a fall marathon or a 70.3 at all. Maybe I'll do a few fun 5Ks with my husband and a few fun sprint tris, if I can work up to running that far.
I'm trying to make a new swimming schedule work -- waking up at 4:30 a.m. last season really sucked. And so help me God, this is the year I learn to do a fucking flip turn. As far as biking goes, it's hard for me to make mileage goals, living in Michigan, so my goal is probably just "bike hard on the trainer and get faster on the roads." Learn how to ride in aero. Keep working at the hills.
And stop eating so much junk food! My first weight goal is to get back into "healthy" range. I've really let the eating go these past few months and I've got to rein it back in, especially since I'm not really running.
(Sorry for the novel!)