Oh January, you show up all full of promise and hope. It’s a new year and it’s also Tuesday, so I’m hear with Cynthia from You Signed Up For What and Phaedra from Blisters and Black Toenails to chat about triathlon goodness!
Our January theme is of course, goals and resolutions, as if you haven’t been inundated enough with that thanks to the new year. So in case you missed it, here’s my goals for the new year-
All those things are well and good, but it’s not just about making goals, it’s about knowing what it takes to successfully reach those goals. So here’s some things you can do to help make sure you have success of crossing that finish line just as you’d hoped for.
1. Plan, plan, plan ahead- If your goal is race related, planning is something you can never have enough of. Don’t believe me? How to plan a race season, race day prep and planning, race day fueling prep and planning, triathlon packing check list, how to create your race day plan, and a million other things you might need to know before race day to be totally prepared.
2. Be realistic- Whether that means knowing your fitness base and picking a race goal that fits what you can actually build up to. If you’ve only run up to a 10k, it’s unrealistic to think you might run a full Ironman this season at this point, but a sprint or Olympic distance would definitely be doable. Or it might mean, but don’t overload yourself. If you take on too much you won’t be able to keep up and eventually you face crashing or injury. I know, I’ve been there before. Being realistic is probably the best thing you could do for yourself in terms of being successful in reaching your goals.
3. Train smart- Either find a plan online or in a good training book that works for you, build your own if you have the know how and understand all the working parts that go into crafting a well put together plan, or hire a coach. If you don’t train correctly for the race distance you’re gearing up for, you face crashing and burning, hitting the wall, screwing up your nutrition, injury, or a DNF, amongst plenty other things that could go wrong. Training is more than just swimming, biking, and running. Be smart about it and do your due diligence to make sure your plan and planning are solid and you’ll have the race you’re dreaming of.
4. It’s okay to lose steam- We all go through ups and downs in terms of motivation. It’s super normal to hit a point during training where you begin to question your sanity, wonder what on earth you’ve gotten yourself into, and skip a workout or two in lieu of having a pity party. And the good news? We’ve all been there. So when it happens to you, eat a pint of Ben and Jerry’s go ahead and question your sanity, then go for a nice long ride, run, or swim to clear your head. Remind yourself that there’s no better feeling than crossing that finish line and surge on. This feeling generally lingers for about a week. Take a recovery week, get your head back on straight, and you’ll be good to go in no time.
5. Don’t lose sight of what’s important- And I mean this in more way than one. Don’t let your family and life go to the way side when you start getting into the thick of training. Life still goes on regardless and your family can be biggest support system, so make sure they know you still appreciate them. Also, remember why you set out to accomplish your goal in the first place. That can be any reason in the world, but whatever it means to you hold onto it. That’s what will keep you going through long hard workouts and those wanes in motivation.
Any other advice for reaching a race related goal?
What’s you big race goal for 2015?
Tri Talk Tuesday gets together every first Tuesday of the month to chat about all things triathlon. The theme for February 3, 2015’s Tri Talk Tuesday is Training Plans! Get ready to link up!