(In case you missed why this was necessary, explanation here)
You all had a zillion really good ideas, but I needed to be sure to pick goals that were achievable, cheap, and just challenging enough.
These are my goals:
1) Run 60 miles per month for the months of May, June, and July.
2) Build towards, and ride, one 50 mile bike ride before the end of August.
3) Swim 5x per month for the months of May, June, and July.
4) 100 pushup challenge, modified.
Before I go into any more details, I want to invite you to participate in my challenge, or build you own. One of the best ways to achieve your goals is to be accountable to someone else, or a community of people. We can build that community. Plus, I'll cheer lead for you every week!
In fact, I think this seems like such a good idea that I think I'll also offer a small prize to people who participate all summer long. You don't even have to completely reach your goal - you just have to work towards it.
So, this is how it's going to work for me:
I log my own exercise in Google calendar already, so once each week I will report (sometimes confess...) how the week went for me. I know myself well enough to know that sometimes I won't be perfect. I'll tell you about it. I plan to report until August 31. I will give one final report in the beginning of September, where I will also brag about how well anyone else who participates does.
In the comments section of those weekly reports, you are welcome to report your own progress. I would ask that at the beginning of the summer, you set your goals, and in the first line of your check-in, you remind us of your goals. Alternately, you can e-mail me at thehealthydoc at gmail dot com. You can send pictures, too. I'm happy to make my friends "famous on the internets!". I'll recap your successes as well as my own.
Why not start right now --
Goals: 60mpm run, 50mi bike ride, 5xm swim, 100 pushup challenge.
This week: 15.6 miles May, 20 mile long ride, no swimming, misc pushups.
See? I'm not perfect. Next week I'm going to start the pushup challenge (it gets its own post - it's kind of complicated) and make an effort to get to the pool. In the meantime, I feel like I'm right on track with my other goals.
What are you summer fitness goals? It can be ANYTHING: a 5k, walking your dog, learning to canoe, getting to the gym X times per week, biking to work, ANYTHING. Let's move together!