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10 Meals

Clearly, I’m on a roll of blogging about my goals for 2013, so now let’s look at this one: Make 10 meals that I’ve never made before.

This one I made a concerted effort to achieve, with a spreadsheet to track ideas of things to make and then to track when I made them.

Cornish hen 6-Jan-2013
Ham & cheese crepes 12-Feb-2013
Lamb shoulder chop 10-May-2013
Bison stew 12-May-2013
Caesar salad 5-Jun-2013
Clam chowder 24-Jun-2013
Marinated tuna steaks 1-Sep-2013
Ribs 14-Oct-2013
Eggplant parmasen 9-Oct-2013
Pork tenderloin 21-Nov-2013

The eggplant parm was only decent, but it also knocked an item off my 101 list, so it was like killing two birds with one stone. I wasn’t thrilled with the ham and cheese crepes (probably because I’m not really a big fan of ham!). The rest were pretty excellent, if I do say so myself. I think the Cornish hen was the best new dish I tried, but the lamb shoulder chop was a close second. The marinated tuna steaks were delicious and I’ve made them a few times since.

Also, I have a few items on my list of ideas that I never got around to trying, so I think I’ll make a 2014 goal of making 10 new things I’ve never made before. For the record, those ideas are:

  • pheasant
  • pulled pork
  • paella
  • roast beef
  • kangaroo

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Pushups!

And while we are talking about my exercise goals, let’s take a look at how I did on my pushup goal!

Goal: 1,300
Completed: 1,385

Success! I completed 107% of my goal! Luckily, I did a *lot* of pushups early in the year (see Figure 11 ), as my hockey-related hand injury put me out of pushup action for quite a while2. In fact, I hurt my hand on October 27, and though it feels fine normally, when I did some pushups this week, it totally hurt. Boo-urns.

pushups 2013

Figure 1: Monthly count of pushups for 2013

Hopefully it will feel better in the new year, as pushups are such a convenient way to do something for my upper body, as all my other exercises – running, biking, hockey – are lower-body ones.

  1. I haven’t yet graphed my running and biking numbers, as there is a chance I may run and/or bike before the end of the day on Tuesday. []
  2. Also, as the graph reveals, my enthusiasm for pushups dropped off mid-year, long before my hand injury. []

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Biking Fail

To every yin there is a yang and the yin to my successful running year is the yang of my epic failure biking. I had grand plans of biking 500 km this year and I managed to fail that in spectacular fashion. I’d figured that between some fun bike rides and spending some time on the stationary bike in the exercise room in my building while reading textbooks, it would be easy-peasy. How wrong I was. As it turned out, I did most of my reading of textbooks on the Skytrain to and from work, so at home I was mostly writing stuff on my laptop, which isn’t conducive to stationary biking. And I really didn’t do very many bike rides just for fun. So my grand total of biking for the year ended up being a measly 83.5 km!! So unless I miraculously bike 416.5 km in the next three days, this one gets chalked up as the failingest fail that ever failed.

But I have grand plans about biking for the new year, so I have a feeling that I will vindicate myself in 2014!

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Running Goal

If I’d actually written all the blog postings that I have composed in my brain, I would not need to be writing four blog postings a day to reach my goal. I was *sure* that I’d written about my ever-changing running goal for 2013, but I cannot find that blog posting anywhere, so apparently I did not actually write it. To make a long story short, when I first created my goals for 2013, I set a goal of running 400 km based on the fact that in 2012 I ran 287 km and a 100 km increase seemed reasonable. But then when I sat down and calculated out the training programs for two half marathons – another goal for 2013 – I realized that I’d easily do 400 km during my training and so I adjusted my goal to 600 km, because I wanted my goal to be more of a stretch. Unfortunately, Runkeeper, the app that I use to track my runs, does not let you adjust goals1 and I’d already set 400 km as a goal before I laid out my training for the year. I could have deleted the goal and then set up a new one, but then all the running I’d done up to that point wouldn’t get counted, so that was no good. At any rate, the Runkeeper app still allows me to track everything and since I have a spreadsheet, anyway, I just tracked my progress towards the 600 km mark with that.

Then life happened and I ended up doing pretty minimal training for both my half marathons this year and then I started thinking that maybe 600 km was going to be out of my reach and I should have stuck with 400 km after all! I ended up hitting the 400 km mark in October and I knew I wouldn’t run another 200 km by the time my November half marathon happened and I have a very bad habit where, after I finish a half, I think, “I need a bit of recovery time” and then 6 months goes by and I haven’t done any running. Which is part of the reason that I signed up for the running study – I knew it would be the motivation that I needed to go running when it’s cold and dark and raining and I have no races that I’m training for. And then yesterday, with three days to spare, I hit my 2013 target:

Running 2013

600 km, to put it in perspective, is further than Vancouver to Revelstoke2:

Vancouver to Revelstoke

That’s pretty far, if I do say so myself!

  1. Runkeeper, if you are reading this, you should totally add that as a feature. That and an out-and-back option when created maps. []
  2. Which is a mere 563 km. []