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    The current Holiday Challenge, like its predecessors, has been very motivating for me. I'm in the middle of the pack (nothing close to the herculean efforts of CJF, OB, Happyone and JIC), but I've definitely gotten out more, and run a little farther, than I would have without it. I envision some of you standing outside my house bugging me to get off my butt and move (get off my lawn, btw).

    I've been thinking about what could sustain me through a year's worth of effort and, in the hope that public humiliation will motivate me, I'm posting here that in 2014 I'm going to self-propel the distance equivalent from the Golden Gate Bridge to Bar Harbor, Maine (3,260 miles). I'll include my cycling (looking to complete my first double metric century and CS ride, of course) and running miles (another half, perhaps), but not routine walking.

    I start New Year's morning and hope to see the Atlantic Ocean before Christmas, but it'll take a year free of serious illness or injury to do it. My other resolution is to touch my toes, a goal that has eluded me in years past but which I shall achieve in 2014 or I'll go under hostile's knife to sever those stubborn tendons.

    Here's last year's resolution thread. It looks like many or most hit their goals, or at least came close.

    Add our own goals for the year and let the power of peer pressure work for you.

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    Great idea. I have thought a lot about my fitness goals for next year. I want to put in a minimum of 65 miles a week in 2014. That would be 3,380 miles. I'll find another 120 miles somewhere along the way for a total of 3,500 miles. I want to run both a 5k and a 10k in 2014. Those goals would have seemed unfathomable just 18 months ago. Now I think I'll be very disappointed if all aren't met.

    I will race you to Bar Harbor.

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    i vow to start attending yoga regularly

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    I'd like to stop being so lazy. I have been coasting since I did the Death Ride a few years ago. I would like to race two 1/2 marathons this year, and run a 5k under 20 minutes again. May even get back into the world of triathlons and do an olympic distance.

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    I want swim 50 miles next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    I want swim 50 miles next year.
    Finally going to make that trip to Cuba?

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    Folsom lake international triathlon. May 10th. Just over 4 months to get ready. Plenty of time. See you there!!!

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    Athletic:

    - 2 Ironmans
    - 3 Marathons
    - Drop under 170 (FINALLY!!!!!!!!!)
    - 1500 running
    - 2500 cycling
    - 100 swimming

    Other:

    - Learn how to play guitar
    - Create a rough draft of my book
    Awesomeness now has a name. Let me introduce myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    Folsom lake international triathlon. May 10th. Just over 4 months to get ready. Plenty of time. See you there!!!
    Folsom Lake, home of Mormon Island! It is a must for the triathletes on this board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    Folsom lake international triathlon. May 10th. Just over 4 months to get ready. Plenty of time. See you there!!!
    That's what I'm talking about. We need a CUF tri in 2014. There are at least six here who should be in, and that doesn't even count PAC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Public View Post
    That's what I'm talking about. We need a CUF tri in 2014. There are at least six here who should be in, and that doesn't even count PAC.
    I love the idea, but that's a bad date for me. I am doing a sprint tri the weekend before, and an Ironman the weekend after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pheidippides View Post
    I love the idea, but that's a bad date for me. I am doing a sprint tri the weekend before, and an Ironman the weekend after.
    Maybe something in the fall, so ER has some time to recover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Public View Post
    Maybe something in the fall, so ER has some time to recover.
    Fall is better for me. I can't swim till the park pool opens up for the summer.

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    Health Goals -

    1. Drop 25 lbs. I started 2013 weighing 384 lbs. I am ending 2013 weighing 359. I am not setting any records, but that is sustainable weight loss that should be able to be maintained fairly easy.
    2. Meet my fitbit goal 80% of the year. It is set for 10,000 steps, which is 5 miles. If I do that, that will give me 1,460 miles walked for the year.
    3. Eat better. Sometimes I feel like I am a garbage disposal.

    Athletics -

    1. Break 80.
    2. Ride in a half century. I am actually going to get a Specialized Hybrid bike to make cycling a tad easier. I want to get below 350# before I spend the money on the bike though.

    Life -

    1. Read 12 books this year. Fiction and Non-Fiction combined.
    2. Read the scriptures on average of 5 days a week.
    3. Be a kick ass grandpa.

    I may add more, or edit this list as I go.

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    To me, riding a bike more than a few miles is a lot. I'm not a bike rider. But my uncle and cousin are. They have ridden across the country several times in a single trip. East to west and north to south. I think my cousin rode the Tour de France ahead of the actual race. So is a goal to ride the equivalent in a single year much of an accomplishment? It would be for me. Is it for an experienced rider? Maybe I should just have even more respect for my uncle than I already do.

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    I want (need) to learn Cantonese.
    Not that, sickos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thesaint258 View Post
    I want (need) to learn Cantonese.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pheidippides View Post
    Athletic:

    - 2 Ironmans
    - 3 Marathons
    - Drop under 170 (FINALLY!!!!!!!!!)
    - 1500 running
    - 2500 cycling
    - 100 swimming

    Other:

    - Learn how to play guitar
    - Create a rough draft of my book
    When/where is the 2nd Ironman and what are the other 2 marathons? And what happened to French?
    I have nothing else to say at this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parrot Head View Post
    When/where is the 2nd Ironman and what are the other 2 marathons? And what happened to French?
    The second is in AZ in November. The other marathons are The Woodlands in March and one of the Utah ones (st. George?) in the fall.

    French is for later.
    Awesomeness now has a name. Let me introduce myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pheidippides View Post
    The second is in AZ in November.
    I volunteered this year and almost registered. It looks like a fast, fun race with great community support.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    You want to understand what the in-laws are saying when they mock you at the dinner table.
    Well, there's that and making sure that future kids can't scheme right in front of me. We're also thinking about a trip to Hong Kong when her brother gets back from his mission, and I'd like to not be the typical American tourist who relies on the fact that there are people all over the world who speak English. I always enjoy random peoples' faces when they are talking about you in their language, then you start speaking it, too.
    Not that, sickos.

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    First one is to get faster than before getting my knee fixed.

    Second one is to ride Lotoja one more time. I need one more to get my 1000 miles medal and I've got a couple of classmates from high school that want to do it and have asked if I'll drag them to Jackson.

    Third is to really work on my golf game by hitting buckets of balls and practice my chipping and putting. The two buckets and thirty minutes on the practice green a year just isn't working anymore. I think I've got one more under par round in me before I'm to old to hit it out of my shadow.

    I like Ticks goal of a book a month so I'm going with that also.
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    Health: I'd like to weigh 199 in 2014. That would be 45 pounds from where I am now.

    Athletic: I'd like to play at least 30 times in 2014, with consecutive rounds in the 70's.

    Business: I'd like $1,000,000 in sales in 2014. (I'm the canary in the mine with the economy.)

    Special Op's Project: Build my anti-gravity prototype, and demonstrate it to a local shipbuilder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPiney View Post
    Finally going to make that trip to Cuba?
    I wish. I'll be in Costa Rica, Utah, California, and Alaska from January - August, so once I get home, I think I can swim 50 miles in five months.
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    Semi-Athletic:

    - 2 5k races, go sub-22
    - 2 10k races
    - 2 Halfs, sub-2 and aim for 1:52 or better
    - 1 Marathon, sub-4
    - Jump into Tri (at least a sprint or two, but aim for an Olympic or Half)
    - Some kind of big ride
    - 1000 running (that's a stretch over this year's goal of 750, but I finished with 925. As of Day 1, I'm on pace for 2,555, so I should blow this away, right?)
    - 1250 cycling


    Off the road:

    - Get back to learning piano
    - 12 books
    - Get a new job



    I was going to say sub-50 for a 10k but in my training run today, I ran ~49:40 but I guess I need to make that official in a race. I've only run a 5k, 2 halfs and a full so far anything will be an official PR.
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    1. Lose 50 lbs
    2. Break 80
    3. Grow business by 100%
    4. Go back to school
    5. Build something
    6. Be more involved.
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    I really just have two goals for 2014 related to physical fitness:

    1. Finally get that sub-20 5k. Came close this past year, even went under but not on a legit 3.1 course. current PR is 20:20, so I need to just shave a few seconds per mile. I'm feeling very hopeful about this one, and I've been obsessed with it for a couple years now, so it's about time.

    2. Run 2,000 miles. I hit about 1600 this year, so it's a big chunk more but doable.

    any other running/fitness milestone is frosting.

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    Drop 35 lbs. by summer. Got to go to the 20th reunion this summer. 235 is okay for me.

    Read 25 books through audio tape.

    Increase income by 50% through being more selective with clients and being harder nosed about billing.

    Cut the debt load by 50%.

    Spend a lot of time with my boy playing hoops (he really likes it). Spend a lot of time with my girl finding something that she is interested in. Have my toddler grow up and not put everything in his mouth.

    Tell the old lady how amazing she is more often.

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    Not make any resolutions.
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    I'll wait to see what resolutions come out of CES. I don't think 4K is ready yet.

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