Seemed like a good idea at the time…

I've emerged from my Olympics-watching stupor for an update. Aside from cheering on Team GB and Australia in fairly equal measure, I've been absorbed in an Olympic Challenge.

You might remember the awesome Jilanna who I interviewed about her lard busting triumphs last year. She threw out an Olympic Challenge on the Up & Running Forum. Challengers had to come up with a challenge for the duration of the Games:

My hope is that each person’s goal will be specific, measurable and a STRETCH for them. Think of what you are doing (or should be doing :wink2: ) now and then dare to dream a little bigger. 

Initially I thought I'd just sit back and watch the ladies kick arse. But then they came up with so many cool and random ideas, such as:

  • a sugar-free Olympics
  • running 20.12 miles
  • walk 50km in tribute to the 50k Walk event
  • swimming the total distance of the Olympic swimming events
  • running 5k for every Aussie gold
  • cycling one kilometre for every Kiwi athlete in the Games (184!)

And when they started posting spreadsheets and charts… dude, I wanted some of that. I came up with a Podium Challenge:

Olympic-challenge
Week 1 went pretty well – walks and weights done, but only 2 out of 3 morning sessions. That's what happens when you stay up past midnight watching waterpolo and volleyball and highlights of stuff you already saw three times during the day.

The rehab exercises went well (75% compliance) but the bike didn't happen as the sciatic pain was nausea-inducing bad last week so sitting on the bike awful. Back on track now, thank goodness.

What's slayed me is the bloody Dual Citizenship Challenge. Oz and GB are rolling in the Silver! As I write we've won 25 of them!

Tally
Tally nicked from Sydney Morning Herald

So that's 500 minutes8.3333333 hours of housework to be done before the torch is snuffed out on Sunday night.

If you're a neat freak like Gareth that may sound totally normal for an Olympic fortnight but it is torture for a grot like me. At least it's meant I finally sorted out my Wardrobe of Doom – that was a good three hours, despite Gareth insisting that "shuffling your claes about" doesn't count as housework. My challenge, my rules!

I'm surprised at how helpful and absorbing the Olympic Challenge has been – in the back of mind I thought I'd written up a recipe for failure. But I'm loving the short-term focus. It's good to be specific and measurable instead of "lose weight" and "heal the knee". There's also the fun of doing it with the other Up & Runners… not to mention not wanting to fail in front of your pals!

Now, back to my dusting…

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14 thoughts on “Seemed like a good idea at the time…

  1. Hmmmmmm, these seem better than the drinking game I’ve been doing: take a shot every time an announcer says “She really stuck the landing,” “He’s the favorite to bring home the gold” or “He/she sacrificed so much to pursue his/her dream of Olympic gold.”

  2. I love this idea. I haven’t been following the Olympics here, because NBC doesn’t seem to have any rhyme or reason to what they show except to devote as much airtime as possible to Beach Volleyball. They put an exciting high jump competition on at one minute before midnight. Idiots.

  3. Great challenge!
    It must happen in the Alumni Forum, right?
    I would love to participate, but maybe the 10 K running course is enough. Maybe after four years :)

  4. “It seemed like a good idea at the time” indeed! I can only blame myself when I’m up to my eyeballs in dust and detritus. :)

    The short term focus and a little bit of social pressure have been good for me, too. I stuck to my “no cookie unless I run” challenge last week…this week, eh…not so much. The other two challenges are faring a little better. I’ve got my eye on the prize!

    Happy cleaning! I’ll be hoping for more gold for GB and AUS so your total number of hours doesn’t grow further. Eight hours seems unimaginable…

  5. what a magic idea! Wish I’d thought of a sugar-free Olympics, then I might not be the only person who’s ever gained weight during Dry July! Tell us more about the conquering of the Wardrobe of Doom!

  6. @Chezjulie fab idea! :)

    @Jilanna – i love you for starting the challenge, it has been an eyeopener!

    @Armi – yep on the Alumni Forum, they’re a motivating bunch!

    @Jen – NBC’s coverage has sounded awful, boo! it’s been such an amazing games. better than sydney 2000 dare i say!

    @LBTEPA – i can FIND STUFF now, it is amazing! just wish i could fit into more of it. working on it tho :P

  7. Funny stuff you wrote there. I wish the broadcasters of the olympics had better imagination and humor :)

  8. Great idea! I didn’t see this until today but had already challenged myself to a sugar free Olympics and, I am proud to say, succeeded (with the exception of one nice dinner out). Now to figure out a Paralympic challenge.*

    I work for London 2012 so while you were enjoying the coverage, I was busy in a back office for 14 to 15 hours a day so even more pleased with my accomplishment!

  9. Huffy puffy!! “Kim could do with a bit of cardio!” :P

    I too need to sort out the wardrobe of doom. It’s beyond doom. I need to think of another word….it’s hideous!!

    xx