No one in my house made it to the New Year. My son and daughter missed the ball drop — I had to be woken to see it, and only knew it was midnight here in Colorado when hoards of kids in the cul-d-sac cheered at midnight. But, 2014 is here and so is the year of my first Ironman.
Only 214 days until I swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run a full marathon — hopefully in far less than the allotted 17 hours. If not, I’m no more Iron than I was in 2013, at least in name.
So, to kick off the new year, I’m making some changes. In the spirit of yesterday’s post, I’m putting these resolutions out there so you can help me stay accountable:
1) cutting back on the coffee – 1 cup per day: I rely heavily on the black stuff and although I love it – I’m addicted. A little is good, too much taxes your adrenals and contributes to stress. So, 1 cup per day it is.
2) undergoing a primal reset – in 2013, I began to realize my beloved vegan diet wasn’t working. I was gaining weight, feeling sluggish and aching all the time. I added back in happy eggs, and in the past two months, I’ve added in wild-caught fish. All this while simultaneously cutting out the gluten (yes, again), grains and the beans — I’m feeling more like myself. I’m going all the way for the next 30 days: subsisting on fish, shellfish, eggs, greens, sweet potatoes and vegetables — with nuts, seeds and fruit in moderation — I’m hoping to feel fully energized to follow my 26-week Ironman plan starting February 3rd. Up til then, it’s zone 1 and 2 training mostly in an effort to build a stupendous base.
3) burpee challenge — Committing to daily burpees — upping them by 5 per day to reach 100 by the end of the month. A little fun challenge with friends.
4) yoga recommitted — my practice has been spotty, and I miss my daily yoga. Yoga helped me breathe and not panic during open water swims last season, it helps keep me injury free and reminds me to be humble and do only the best I can in everything I do. I do my best to embody these qualities everyday, but the practice — the physical postures — is the best way to enforce these benefits.
Enough about me — what does the New Year hold for you? And, don’t worry if you haven’t thought of your prospects yet. You still have time. You can change anytime.
My cup of coffee is gone…it’s time for burpees and yoga.