Monday, December 30, 2013

Focus for 2014

I was pretty flaky last year about sticking with my stated 2013 goals.  It is actually embarrassing to look back at my training/racing and diet goals and acknowledge that I flaked on every one of them. 

I suppose there is a delicate balance between consistency and adaptation to different circumstances/changing interests.   For me you could summarize 2013 as a year of training consistency (in terms of frequency) with a lack of training focus wrapped in an excuse of changing interests.  Or something like that.  Regardless of the training side, the diet stuff was pathetic. 

No sense bemoaning the past, on to 2014!  Using the last few months as experimentation with crossfit, Olympic lifting, powerlifting, etc, I've had an opportunity to try out a lot of stuff and figure out what interests me most at this point.  So the goal for 2014 will be twofold: 

1.  Achieve a 1000 pound total in the three power lifts (back squat, bench press, deadlift) while maintaining a bodyweight below 182 pounds (the 83kg weight class). 
2.  Make meaningful habit changes in diet. 

My current total for the three power lifts is about 800 (275ish back squat, 325 deadlift and around 200ish bench press).  Bodyweight this morning was 181 pounds. 

The power lifting goal has a number of catalysts.  It fits in my time schedule, it requires a consistent level of training focus for a number of months (I need this), I have all of the equipment I need in my garage, the workouts fit into what has been fun for me lately, I can add it to my list of life fitness achievements, etc.  If I could achieve this goal by October 2014, then I would have run a 50 mile ultramarathon and lifted a 1000 pound power lift total within two years of each other, all over the age of 40.  That would be kind of cool.  I still hope to get out on some runs and do a variety of "active" things in 2014, but the training focus will be the power lifts.

The diet stuff is self explanatory.  At this point it is more about integrity (doing what you say you are going to do) as opposed to a significant health/body composition issue.  I have never smoked, but I feel like my "addiction" to sugary foods is probably akin to a smoking habit.  I just need to break the habit and move on.  The diet approach isn't complicated, just lay off sugars, processed foods, etc.



  1. I don't know a lot about those other lifts, but I think you have a lot of weight you can pick up on that bench.

  2. Agreed. I haven't done a bench press in over 3 years. I did 185 for 5 sets of 2 as a test a couple of days ago. I should be able to increase this one a lot with some work. The others should increase fairly consistently as well since I haven't ever really worked them much before.

    The key will be consistent effort and staying injury free (but isn't that always the key?)