Saturday, January 9, 2016

Happy 2016, The Year of Cardio

I hope everybody had a wonderful holiday and rang in 2016 with a bang!

Dennis, myself and the family did our typical tour and it proved to be nothing but exhausting and bad for the waist line.  

The first leg of the trip was to Pennsylvania to visit with Dennis' family.  We drove up there on Christmas Eve and arrived just in time for the party where Dennis' selfie stick purchase was all the rave:

Our next order of business was to go to bed on Christmas Eve at Dennis' Dad's house and wake up there on Christmas morning to have the kids open their gifts.  The kid's seemed underwhelmed by Santa's arrival, but apparently I was EXTRA good this year because he brought me 2 tickets to Iceland!!

I am very excited for this trip for multiple reasons, but one of the biggest being that we will be doing a CrossFit drop in at CrossFit Reykjavik where 2 winners of the CrossFit games train.  Hoping to see either or both of them there while we are.  

After Pennsylvania, we headed up to Connecticut to see my family.  We spent a couple of days there and then headed back to to Virginia.  Being happy to be home was an understatement.  

Between getting home and New Year's Day, my gym attendance was sporadic, but Dennis and I were preparing for our crazy goal for 2016 The Year of Cardio.  What is that you ask?  Well, in the year 2016 we have very lofty fitness goals to achieve.  

1. Monthly Concept Rowing Challenge:  Each month a new rowing work out is posted and you have the entire month to complete it.  Complete with a photo documentation of your row and you post to the group. 

2. Bike 180 Miles over 2 Days:  We previously did an 100 Mile Bike Ride and were planning on doing so again last year, but the weather prevented the event from taking place.  This year we opted to do the 2 day option and add 80 Miles to our effort.  

3. Triathlon:  This event I am not 100% sold on.  I've done 3 already and not really sure I want to do another one.  Mostly because I don't have free access to a pool, but we will see. 

4.  To run all the race distances within a calendar year:  5k, 8k, 10k, 10 Miles, Half Marathon, and Marathon.  The greatest challenge for this one will be the time spent on the training (when we get into longer distances the "practice" runs can take more than an hour).  But I know this will be an exciting adventure and I am hopeful that I can complete this cycle.

5.  Continuing (if not added to) my regular attendance to CrossFit 4 times a week.  

One of the struggles of doing all of these things is timing the trainning, the actual event, and juggling two children.  So far Dennis has already completed his 2016 Year of Cardio 5k on January 1st.  (He ran it without training which is something I just simply cannot do).  

Of course I will be documenting all of my Year of Cardio experiences so hopefully this proves to be entertaining to my readers.  And at the very least, it was an excuse to buy some new shoes and fun new socks!