Hi all. As I've recently taken up swimming and running again I thought I'd share my fitness/sport goals. I think these are all achievable in the long term having regard to my current level. As I mentioned previously, I commenced running last July but have been struggling with an ankle injury for the last few months. It's been very demotivating and frustrating when all I want to do is run, something which is positive and consistent with self improvement. So I don't want to push myself too much with the running goals listed below. My main problem with injury has been returning to running too early so I need to avoid that. If I can recover fully from my ankle injury then I hope to achieve the below. As a result of being injured so frequently I decided to take up swimming again. I have a lot of background in swimming, having competed for most of my childhood. I'm surprised how much of the technique and skill I've retained after over ten years away from the pool. However, I'm sure I wouldn't have the speed or skills for racing at the moment; I'd be much slower. Having taken up swimming again only three weeks ago, I've found the desire to join a swim club and participate in race nights again. I love the satisfaction I get from achieving a goal and improving my best. This is a big deal for me as I never thought it would happen. I don't want to put pressure on myself as that was one of the reasons I gave up swimming in the first place so if it all becomes too serious and like a chore, then I'll have to stop. I want this to be different and for enjoyment only. Luckily I heard that adult swimming is much more relaxed.
Fitness/Sport Goals for 2016
-return to running after injury
-return to regular Saturday morning parkruns
-run 5km in under 27 minutes
-run another 10km in under 1 hour
-complete 14km City to Surf (annual run in Sydney) in August
-join masters swim club
-swim in a competitive race (first one in over ten years)
-swim or run at least 3 times a week
-continue with swimming training for the year (even if it's only once a week for fitness and even if competition and club don't work out)
-improve personal best times for swimming (general because I don't know what level I'm currently at- sure I'll be far off the times I used to do)
Do you have any similar goals for the year?