Friday, April 30, 2010

Quarterly Year Reflections...

Back in January, I set some goals for myself in 2010 and here it is all ready the last day in April. I can’t help but pause for a bit and reflect on my progress so far on those goals. (It’s also a S-L-O-W-W Friday afternoon here at work.) So here are the goals and some reflection on my progress so far.

1- Save More Money- This goal has been progressing quite well, and I really feel a sense of accomplishment from that. From each paycheck, I have been putting about 15-20% into my savings account. With what I was able to save towards the end of last year and combined with this year so far, I have started having a bit of a nest egg. It’s not a really big nest egg but enough that if I lost my job tomorrow I could survive almost 4 months. (This also probably shows how small my income is that I can all ready save enough for 4 month wroth of living.) But all in all I find that rather eases my mind especially when you just don’t know what is going to happen with the economy the way it is right now. I have heard of people that have been years at a position that would be considered “secure” and they’ve been handed the pink slip. So I feel like I’ve got a bit of a buffer zone now. That’s good.

2- Do a half marathon in the Spring and maybe work towards a full in late Summer- I finish my first half marathon on the 17th of this month. I accomplished part of this goal so far. BUT I really have to question myself whether I REALLY want to do a full marathon. After finishing the half marathon, I couldn’t see myself really wanting to do a full one. The half marathon took enough out of me. A full marathon? I think it might be the death of me!?! I am signed up to do another half marathon this August up in Park City. I would like to try to be better prepared for my second half marathon. So I guess in a way this goal is being tweaked just a little bit. Two half marathons in a year, and see if I can improve my performance on the second half marathon. I feel that’s very doable.

3- Survive and maybe do better on the Slow Salty Dog Tri-  I don’t think there’s going to be another Slow Salty Dog Tri this year. Diane has been experiencing injuries and I just couldn’t imagine trying to do this event without her or on my own. And, the thought of signing up for an official event just does not appeal to me. Too competitive for me and too expensive.

4- Do at least one century bike ride-   The bike season is finally starting here “somewhat”. I say "somewhat" because it’s been snowing and raining off and on for the last two days here. I did however manage to get in a 38 mile bike ride in this last Sunday. It was a good ride with a fair amount of climbing.  I really feel like I’m on track for this goal.

5- On my bike go up and over Little Mountain then Big Mountain to East Canyon and all the way back- This kind of reminds me of a song that that goes on to sing..."To grandma's house we go!"  I'm hoping that if the weather gets it’s act together this Sunday I'll get to the top of Little Mountain.  I figure I need to work through this goal section by section; bit by bit and I’m pretty confident that I will accomplish this goal. But only time will tell.

Wow! As I look over these, I’m kind of bit surprised. It looks like overall I’m doing all right so far. It’s a respectable quarterly reflection. What do you think? Any suggestions?  Maybe I need to come up with something else for the #3 goal ?


  1. Hey girl,
    I've been thinking about the Slow Salty Dog too. I'm not saying NO but I'm not saying YES either. Only time will tell what I am capable of by September or October. But still, I know that you like a BIG goal to train for and aim for the year. What will it be? I understand the feeling of maybe not really wanting to do a full marathon yet. It may become your desire one day, maybe not. So where does that leave you? #5 goal, which would be impossibly hard for me, seems to easy for YOU! How about the 5 canyons in one day thing? Let's see - how do they do it? City creek, Emigration, Millcreek, Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood. is that it? I think that would be a truly worthy goal for you AND I will be your road crew and zoom around in my car and bring you snacks and such. Perhaps even ride a canyon with you (ok, but let's face it, it would have to be City Creek or Emigration, maybe Millcreek - no way I can do the Cottonwoods).

    What do you think Jeanne?

  2. Oh Hell, look at my bad grammer and syntax all over the place. I really should proofread before I post!!!

  3. Great job! This is quite impressive, really!

  4. Diane-
    Funny you should mention the 5 canyon ride there's a 4 Canyon Challenge that's on the BCC ride calendar I just noticed. Two years ago preparing for Mt Nebo (37 miles of climbing) I rode City Creek, Emigration, then Millcreek. I don't know I might give that a whirl or do my own version of the Salty Dog and see if I can get friends to support>?

  5. Whatever you do Jeanne, I will support you and hope/dream of joining you :)

    Go Biker Chic!