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2008-12-23 5:34 AM

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Subject: January CHALLENGE Challenge
Take your December total(s), increase them 10%. Simple as that.

But, since I never have short, simple posts, here's the explanation. I've noticed that people (not ME, of course...) tend to underestimate their goals in order to reach 100%. In one challenge recently, only two people in the entire challenge didn't reach 100%. Those people, of course, get singled out even though they put in awesome efforts, simply because they chose a goal that truly challenged them. So the point of this challenge is to set a goal high enough that you almost certainly will NOT reach 100%. There will still be a mid-point cutoff for those who aren't really involved anymore, but it will be low enough that a consistent effort will get you there.

Whatever you want to work on, take your Dec totals (or most recent ones) and up them NO LESS than 10%. If your December totals were artificially low due to the holidays, rest period, illness, laziness, etc., figure out where they would have been in a normal month then increase that by 10%. I don't care what you work on, just make it really hard to get to 100%, and make it trackable on a monthly scale. If you choose to work on more than one goal (50 mi run, 10,000 m swim, log food 30 days), each goal will be entered as a separate line on the spreadsheet. Thus, if you fall behind on, say, running, it won't affect (or boost) your standing in swimming.

Weeks will end on Friday, except the last week. They will be:
01/01-01/09
01/10-01/16
01/17-01/23
01/24-01/31
Anyone not at 30% by 01/16 will be dropped.

Please state your interest and what you want to work on now - you will be able to fill in your goals once you have your December totals.

There will absolutely NOT be a reward for going over 100%. I am hoping most people will end up in the 85-95% range, and that everyone will crank it out to skid in sideways to 100% on the 31st. How well can you judge your true ability? You are expected to police yourself - if you underestimated, raise your goal. Teammates, encourage team members to up their goals and keep pushing themselves. Don't make this easy, make it a CHALLENGE.

The glory goes not to the team who wins this most handily, and possibly not to the team with the highest percentage. The judging will, in the end, be subjective and judged entirely by me, your challenge dictator. I might consult consultants of my choosing. I will decide who set reasonable yet challenging goals, which teams worked together to push and encourage each other, and however else I feel like determining who worked the hardest. In other words, convince me you dug the hardest for it.

Just do not push beyond reason. Methinks Marma would get a little irked at me if I encouraged people to bust themselves up for a signature line and avatar!

Now, what were those resolutions you were thinking of setting?


2008-12-23 8:31 AM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge

What a great idea  

I'm in!

It'll be running again, I need to figure out the exact goal

2008-12-23 8:37 AM
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Yep me too.  Running also, Dec was 45 so Jan should be about 50.  Oh and I really like being on Beth's team
2008-12-23 9:08 AM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge
Sound good Slugger.  I'll probably be running.  I still have to see what I end up with as a total for December so I'll set the goal later! 
2008-12-23 2:12 PM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge
Put me in for 12 swim lessons.  Considering I will be lucky to make the 10 I am in for in Dec I thing 12 will be a good number to try and get in Dec.
2008-12-23 2:48 PM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge

A REAL challenge ! Where sandbagging is discouraged .. Count me IN . And preferably with a running group . Thanks.

I will be tapering in the last two weeks for a FEb 1st Race . So my challenge will be and has been

to get the real long runs in early over the holidays . My mileage goal is 120 miles .

 



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2008-12-23 2:54 PM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge

hmm...  let's see... my Dec goal was non-existent... 10% of  nothing is nothing... so my goal is...

Okay... I'm in... I'll get my goals figured out soon... still trying to figure out hubby's Christmas gift too... better get on that...

2008-12-23 4:37 PM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge
I have been out of working out...but I need the impetus to prep for my 2009 races...

So,

10,000 swim
150 mile bike
65 mile run

Seems small but it's a start/
2008-12-25 2:34 PM
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I'm in! I'll do 18 strength sessions - but I'm not limiting to upper body this time, I'd like to do some core and leg work too - and 12 swim sessions.

Please, please, please put me on Beth's team!

2008-12-25 4:49 PM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge

I'm in for 12 strength sessions....this may not seem like much....but I HATE strength...I'm a cardio addict!!

2008-12-26 4:59 PM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge
I am in - I need to get back into running - so I am in for 50 miles. Secondary goal - 12 strength workouts.


2008-12-26 5:00 PM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge
Hey slugger- I'm in for sure just need to work out the goals.....probably a specific number of miles running and a swimming goal using time and # of workouts. I'll let you know this weekend.
2008-12-26 10:56 PM
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LazyMarathoner - 2008-12-25 3:34 PM

I'm in! I'll do 18 strength sessions - but I'm not limiting to upper body this time, I'd like to do some core and leg work too - and 12 swim sessions.

Please, please, please put me on Beth's team!

I'd like to add 50 miles of running as well. I need to get back at it!

2008-12-26 11:07 PM
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I am in-I need to put some thought into what my goal(s) will be.
2008-12-27 1:45 PM
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mchally - 2008-12-26 9:07 PM I am in-I need to put some thought into what my goal(s) will be.

Can I be on Melissa's team? Please please pretty please?

My goal is 10 hours of cycling training (not including bike commuting).

2008-12-27 6:11 PM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge
I need this!12 swim practices.50 miles of running.Thanks,Norine


2008-12-27 8:11 PM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge

My Ironman training program starts basically January 1, and honestly, it will be a bit of a challenge.  It'll be relatively easy stuff right now, but with my knee giving me problems, it will be a stretch to follow the plan.  And I basically took December off so can't compare there.

My goal(s): 1965 minutes broken up as:

Run 675 minutes

Bike 750 mins

Swim 540 mins

 

2008-12-27 8:13 PM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge
TriAya - 2008-12-27 11:45 AM

mchally - 2008-12-26 9:07 PM I am in-I need to put some thought into what my goal(s) will be.

Can I be on Melissa's team? Please please pretty please?

My goal is 10 hours of cycling training (not including bike commuting).

Do I have a stalker???

Oh Yay, Yanti is stalking me! 

2008-12-27 8:15 PM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge
Alright...My goal is going to be 5 runs a week.  I plan on getting them in weekdays before classes.  I am going to start up my morning runs under the light of the moon.


Edited by mchally 2008-12-27 8:16 PM
2008-12-28 1:40 AM
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I'm in.  My focus is on running but can I (possibly) add something else after I look at my training schedule?

2008-12-28 7:45 AM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge

I like the idea of this challenge!  Sign me up as well!

Is it total SBR or pick one?  I want to increase them all 10% or more, but if I had to choose just one I would like to focus on the run distance.



2008-12-28 5:23 PM
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Okay....I've thought about this some more and I want to have 12 strength and 4 pounds lost in January.  Four pounds may not seem like a lot, but when you are 4'11'' and weigh 112 pounds, four lost pounds is an entire dress size!! 

BTW...I was actually able to maximize my goals for December due to all the vacation time I took from work.  I typically only have from 5am-6am to work out and I like to do at least 40 cardio.  It will be harder for me to get in 12 strength sessions in January than in December.

2008-12-28 8:57 PM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge
Great challenge...I am in for 12 strength sessions and 100 running miles. 
2008-12-29 1:40 AM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge
kenj - 2008-12-28 8:45 AM

I like the idea of this challenge!  Sign me up as well!

Is it total SBR or pick one?  I want to increase them all 10% or more, but if I had to choose just one I would like to focus on the run distance.


You can choose whatever you'd like to work on (okay, maybe we'd have to talk about basket weaving, but underwater basket weaving might work!), and you can choose as many things to work on as you'd like. So if you want to work on each SB&R, you'll get three separate lines on the spreadsheet. No bustin' a move in one to boost up your totals in the other - you are on your own for each thing!
2008-12-29 3:36 AM
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Subject: RE: January CHALLENGE Challenge
I am doing the winter swim challenge as well-I will tie some swim workouts into January, but I need to work out pool access first.
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