Saturday, January 25, 2014

Time Crunch

One of the hazards of setting a goal to be in the top 10 of your age group at a certain triathlon is that race directors can be fickle people.

Okay, not really.  But natatorium renovation schedules sometimes result in your race of choice being moved up a little bit.  The race I expected to come up in the summer has been moved up a full THREE MONTHS.  So that kinda messes with my plans to pick up the pace and get competitive.  I thought I was going to have about 10 weeks to do some off season work improving my base before I started my training plan.  Instead, my training plan starts THIS week.  To keep things interesting, I had a cold around New Year's that turned into a sinus infection and two ear infections, so on the first week of my training plan I was already skipping days. 

But today I'm getting started and I'm still aiming for top 10 in my age group even if it has suddenly become a tougher goal than I planned.  I'm using the beginner sprint program from TriNewbies, which is the same plan I used last year.  I will be making it a little more challenging though and using some of the training techniques I've learned from Beginner Triathlete articles.

I'm really looking forward to this race, it's the first time I'll be doing any sort of race for a second time.  It'll be nice to know what to expect as far as the venue and basic set-up ahead of time, that takes away a lot of the anxiety for me.  Anyone else have spring races scheduled?  With this change I'm not sure if I'll be doing anything at all during the summer this year, maybe I'll find myself an olympic distance tri to sign up for. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Girl Scout Cookie Goals

We are starting up another girl scout cookie season in our area.  I'm our troop's cookie mom and Sierra is determined to sell 1,000 boxes this year.  So basically, I'm drowning in cookies.  I decided to make up goal charts for the girls where they can mark off how many boxes they've sold and see how many more they need to sell to meet their goal.  Big numbers get too abstract for little kids pretty quick, so I thought this would help them visualize where they're at.  If you'd like to print out a chart for your own girl scout, you can download at the links below.  For the 650+ goals, you'll see there are actually two separate charts in the file (one up to 500, and another for the boxes over 500) so that you can tape the papers together without the chart getting too long.  

Help yourself!

75 boxes
125 boxes
200 boxes
300 boxes
400 boxes
500 boxes
650 boxes
800 boxes
1000 boxes

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Deja School

One of the most interesting things about school this year is Sedona is in first grade, which means she has now started to repeat the lessons Sierra has done at home.  It's fun to see Sedona put her own unique spin on things and it also helps with making Sedona seem more grown up and Sierra more young (surely we aren't the only family where the oldest child is always seen as the most responsible and capable while the younger ones always seem young).

Recently, Sedona finished up Ancient Egypt for her history lessons, so she had a chance to make her own mummy and ancient Egyptian date candy. 

Six year old Sierra insisted on making a sarcophagus for her mummy, six year old Sedona wanted a CT scanner for hers.

The date candy was a big hit.  She loved making it and kept going back to eat more of it all afternoon

Secora even liked the date candy, so that gives us another option to get more foods in her.  As part of the candy making lesson, we talked about the difference in making things like this now versus 3,000 years ago.  Much to my surprise, she decided she preferred a mortar and pestle to a food processor for grinding almonds and eventually made almond butter by hand.  I guess I know how to use up some of her energy now...

Sunday, January 5, 2014

2014 Goals

It's a new year and time for new goals!  I've found this works out best for me if I stick to things that are measurable because I need something concrete to aim for.  I've also learned I'm better off when I hold myself accountable with quarterly "check-ins" to evaluate how I'm doing.

1) Rank in the top 10 in my age group in a sprint triathlon.  My plan here is to sign up for one of the  triathlons I did last year, only this time around I will have a serious time goal.  This will take some hard work, but is absolutely attainable. Of course, whether or not my time goals put me in the top 10 depends partly on the other athletes that show up that day, but I have a general idea of where I need to be based on last year's results.  My rough goal will be a 10:30 400m swim, a 41:00 12mile bike, and a 32:00 5K run with transitions in the 2-3 minute range.  If training is going well, I'll bump this up to ranking in the top 3, which will require something along the lines of 09:00 swim, 39:00 bike, 28:00 run

2) Redo the header at the top of my blog. All of those pictures up there are 2-4 years old.  Time for something new, I've just been putting it off because the program I used to make that one is no longer available and I haven't branched out to learn something new.  I'm quite the luddite for someone who does so much work on the computer.

3) Finish school by the end of May.  We took an extended winter break unexpectedly and now we've got to get our momentum back.  There's plenty of time to catch up and still finish before our non-homeschool friends are out for summer, but I have a feeling I need to have this as a stated goal to make sure it happens and we're not dragging through lessons in June.  That end of March goal check will keep me honest when the spring weather is enticing us to just play outside all day.

4) Take some sort of first-aid and/or CPR training.  I still need to work out the details on this one based on what's available in our area and how much they cost.  The schedules/prices haven't been released for 2014 yet.

5) Pay at least $1,000 extra on student loans.  Last year packed a bit of a one-two punch to our discretionary income.  I'm going with a more conservative goal this time around, but hoping to accomplish this by the middle of the year and then raise the goal. 

Come on 2014, let's do this!


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