I've thought about writing this particular blog for awhile. Setting the goals I have in mind down on paper (or typing it on screen). One thing I can say I have always been good at is setting goals, both long and short term. When teachers would say "you need to set goals", I always remember thinking, you mean people don't do that. I can thank my mother for this.
I have two major goals to note when writing this blog. One is athletically and the other concerns the betes. Long term, within the next two years my aspiration is to complete an Ironman with an A1c (the measure of blood sugars over a six week period) of less than 6.5.
Here is the layout:
Complete Half Ironman (70.3) distance race (the real goal is to complete two of these races, one mid-summer and the other later in the year)
By July 1 have A1c of 6.5
By September, pick the Ironman and volunteer at it
Complete an Ironman distance race (hopefully either Wisconsin or Arizona which are later in the triathlon season)
I also thought about adding a marathon to that list but I still don't know if I will ever actually run a marathon before doing one in an Ironman. If I had to set a tentative goal, it would be Carlsbad in January 2012 with the rest of the InsulinDependence crew. However, until I feel like I can "race" a half marathon, I don't want to set out to simply run a marathon. I never want the marathon to just be about completing it, I want to do it well.
Obviously, I have a handful of professional goals as I graduate with a Master's degree in May and other personal goals but setting goals that will teach me about how to deal with adversity and sacrifice will serve their purpose. If a career takes a turn and I have to stray the course, then that is fine as but hopefully I will be able to complete these dreams.
One of the things I've never really done is set goals when it comes to the betes. Writing down a goal of an A1c of less than 6.5 will definitely help me achieve it. This is something that should have been done a long time ago but until I became involved with InsulinDependence I never thought of the betes as something "to achieve", when is all actuality it is.
Setting the evolution forward to fulfilling my Ironman goals will serve to achieving the A1c goal. I consistency find myself thinking "don't eat that, it will spike your blood sugar and you'll have a bad workout tomorrow". It is truly amazing how one helps the other.