On Saturday, December 24, 2022, I not only completed my initial (December 26, 2021) exercise/fitness goal of:
- 1,000 miles running/walking/elliptical
- 3,000 miles indoor/outdoor cycling
- 6,000 workout miles
- 10,000 push-ups and sit-ups
- 6,000,000 steps
then my stretch goal (re-set on July 1, 2022) of:
- 1,300 miles running/walking/elliptical
- 3,100 miles indoor/outdoor cycling
- 7,000 workout miles
- 15,000 push-ups and sit-ups
- 7,000,000 steps
but completed my best workout year (in 23 years of workout) totals of:
- 1,408.7 miles Running/Walking/Elliptical (27.1 miles per week)
- 3,478.8 miles Outdoor Cycling/Indoor Cycling (66.9 miles per week)
- 16,340 push-ups and 16,340 sit-ups (314.2 push-ups and sit-ups per week)
- 7,704.9 Workout Miles (148.2 miles per week)
- 7,369,516 Steps (20,245.9 steps per day)
The best part is that the last three achievements – push-ups/sit-ups, workout miles, and steps – are all-time best total for me for a year – at 59 YEARS OLD! My previous best was 10 years ago, when I was 49 years old!
What did I learn from all this? I was REALLY tired by the end of the year, pushing SO hard every day! Believe it or not, I didn’t take a day off from working out between May 30th and December 10th – and I could tell by the end. But now that I hit my targets, I decided that I want to spend my 60’s (which won’t “officially” happen in a month) not so much on fitness/exercise goals, but engaged in sporting activities.
About a month ago, one of my neighbors shared with me information on the North Carolina Senior Games (https://www.ncseniorgames.org/), where I get to compete again athletes 50 years of age and older, instead of competing against 20- and 30-year olds. Although they have about 30 sports to compete in, I think I’m going to focus this year on five in particular – tennis, pickleball, golf, running (5K and 10K), and bowling. I have competed in all of these events in the past with moderate success, so now it’s time to see if I can compete at a similar level against my fellow seniors. To be honest, it’s hard to imagine that I’m a senior, but now that I get even more discounts at this age, it’s time to start taking advantage of getting older.
I want to spend my 60’s training to be a competitive (and possibly an elite) senior athlete. It’s my goal to compete at the local level in 2023, at the state level in 2024, and at the national level in 2025 – and continue to compete at the national level throughout my 60’s – unless another challenge comes along that tickles my fancy. I’m excited for this next challenge in my life as I hit my next “milestone” age.
Just so you know, that’s just one of three BHAGs – Big Hairy Audacious Goals – that I’ve set this year. I’ll share my other two next week, as I continue to formulate and get clear about what I really want to accomplish by the end of 2023 – and beyond. Do you have any big, crazy health/exercise/fitness goals to achieve in 2023? If so, please share. And if you’re 50 or older and live in North Carolina, why not join me at the NC Senior Games! Let’s support each other as we compete!