Will this finally be my Year of the Abs?
(with better hair, I hope)
The New York Times had a recent piece on the failure of most people to meet their New Year's Resolutions, with most abandoning their efforts by mid-February. Changing a lifestyle is not easy: talk-show host Oprah Winfrey was cited as an example as her very public efforts to get fit and lose weight have boomeranged. She dropped from 237 pounds to 160, ran marathons and so forth and is now back at 200. Considering she can afford to have a personal trainer and a personal chef on call 24 hours a day, what hope is there for the rest of us?
I have been able to hold my weight down since the Fat Cyclist's B7 Weight Loss Competition two years ago but I can improve. This is the cyclist's mantra since the endless training and obsessive food concerns actually do lead to results. They say that the best way to reach a goal is to let everybody know that you are trying to achieve it. I have been considering cycling goals for the coming year and now in Front of the Whole World I present them:
1. time trial every week with the club (at least once the roads are clear!)
2. achieve 40 km/h in a 15 km time trial by June 1
3. do the Almonte 40 km time trial in 1:03 (current time is 1:06)
4. ride the Ontario Provincial championships for experience in September
5. weight at 76 kg by June 1 (currently 81.6; I have already started using FitDay.com to track my weight and diet)
6. learn to ski fearlessly around corners and down hills (I have already signed up for courses at the end of January for this)
7. Be able to do 101 pushups in a row, beating Groover.
Virginia/North Carolina Training Camp in late April 2009
Cirque du Cyclisme, followed by Great Appalaichan Trail ride in mid-June
Cycling in Germany and Northern Italy, July/August
Cycling Ironman Course at Lake Placid, NY
Cycling in the Finger Lakes region of NY
Of course, I proclaim that "This year is Abs Year!" every year and I swear I will learn Italian properly as well but of course having posted this I will have to revisit it on December 31, 2009. And good luck to everyone with their own resolutions!