Second Half of 2015, To-Do

1. Not every day can be legs/cardio day.

Been looking at myself in the mirror lately, and while the biking and focused training on that has paid off with more-defined legs, stronger heart, and greater speed, the rest of me is approaching “dad-bod” faster than I’d like. The rest of this year is going to involve getting flatter abs, and working on rebuilding my shoulders, arms, and chest to my Army standards.

Abs work is going to largely be my 25-pound kettlebell and an ab roller (those things look funny but are no joke), so that I can avoid the lower back and neck issues that come with sit-ups and crunches. Concrete goals: no pinchable flab in midsection, be able to hold a plank for 5 minutes.

I’m going to do the 100 Push-Up program a few times (with varying styles — wide-arm, normal, and diamond), and probably going to put a pull-up bar in the basement or garage. The goal is to bulk up a bit in the chest/arms/shoulders — I need the mass for cyclocross season (and possibly track racing in 2016). Now that my upper back/neck issues are largely resolved, this should be much easier to tackle. Concrete goals: 100 push-ups, 25 pull-ups.

Still going to be doing a ton of bike/leg work, of course. Got to if I’m going to be competitive in 2016 (and I want to be). Goals: TBD.

2. Help small businesses.

I’m going to start freelancing again, with a focus on working with smaller Minneapolis businesses. Think single-location owner/operator stuff like small retail shops, and so on. The goal is to provide the level of service I provide to clients at work to these businesses at prices that are palatable to them. Websites are going to be my primary focus, with a whole layer of additional services (SEO, SEM, etc.) that I will be able to provide. Concrete goals: establish two clients with recurrent monthly billing.

3. Establish my system.

A few months ago, I read How to Fail At Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams. Great read. Got me fired up about how I want to move forward and achieve some of the stuff I’ve been talking about and daydreaming about for awhile now. I’m in the process of gathering metrics on myself, and I am going to use it to shape the system I use to approach my days…more on that later. And a review of the book forthcoming, too. Concrete goals: Have a system in-place that allows me to apply time as-needed on a daily/weekly basis to accomplishing my goals, using metrics to back up my planning. Continue keeping metrics and refine system based on long-term trends and new findings.

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