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.
|Ham & cheese crepes
|Lamb shoulder chop
|Marinated tuna steaks
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:
- pulled pork
- roast beef
And while we are talking about my exercise goals, let’s take a look at how I did on my pushup goal!
Success! I completed 107% of my goal! Luckily, I did a *lot* of pushups early in the year (see Figure 1 ), as my hockey-related hand injury put me out of pushup action for quite a while. 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.
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.
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!
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 goals 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:
600 km, to put it in perspective, is further than Vancouver to Revelstoke:
That’s pretty far, if I do say so myself!