Friday, December 18, 2009

Goals for the Big One Oh

I've pretty much had a good idea of what I wanted my goals to be next year for a while now. Coach has always been pretty keen on establishing goals, and I'm not quite ready to sink myself into the morass of goal monotony. When setting goals for triathlon, there are a few things to keep in mind.

The first is that goals must be realistic. I would like to run a sub-20 minute 5K someday, but the reality of the situation is, it ain't gonna happen in 2010. Realistic goals are goals that are achievable, and achievable from where I am now in the time frame I have allotted myself.

Second, the goal must be measurable. If you can't measure it, then how will you ever KNOW that you have achieved it? Sure, you can SAY that you did, and give yourself a warm fuzzy in the process, but in the back of your mind, you will always know that you are lying to yourself. That just ain't my style.

Finally, the goal must be within your control. In training and racing, there are tons of factors that are outside our control, weather for instance. Trying to set goals that include factors outside our sphere of influence are recipes for failure and frustration.

Without further ado, my goals for the year 2010 are as follows:
  1. Implement a strength training regimen for the entire year (Tripower).
  2. Nail my nutrition on and off the field of battle. I have repeatedly failed this.
  3. Run the entire third discipline at a half Ironman (no walking!)
  4. Improve my half Ironman PR (quantify this later).
  5. Improve my Ironman PR (quantify this later).
  6. Move to a 3x3x3 training schedule this year.
That should just about do it. Simple. Attainable. Nothing in the way but me. Good luck to you guys in achieving your goals for 2010 as well.

Let's get it on...

Wes



15 comments:

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

You never know...with all of your hard work this next year you may just surprise yourself and reach your 5k goal as well. just sayin'

thank you for your kind words on my post. Just having one of those days/years... you know ;)

Jess said...

Great goals Wes! Very achievable. I know you'll get it done.

Renee said...

Great goals! Can't wait to read about your 2010.

Stuart said...

Good stuff, we all know the adage failing to plan etc... none of that here, no sirree!

J~Mom said...

There is no doubt that 2010 is going to rock!! Can't wait to cheer you on to the IM PR and then you and Dee Dee have to hold my hand the next morning when I register. Deal? :>D

Michelle said...

Great goals! I have no doubt you'll achieve them all : )

Makita said...

I've been re-evaluating and goal planning for 2010 as well. I love the 3x3x3! 2010 will be the year!!

Darrell said...

Like so many things, we tend to be our own biggest roadblock. Go for it and good luck with the 2010 goals.

(BTW, I'd keep that sub 20 5k fire burning there somewhere. What fun that would be. Heck I'd love to do a sub 20 5k.)

Stef said...

Wes I could not say it any better about the strength training. I need it too and it is still the hardest thing for me to get motivated to do.

Can't wait to follow you through clear to IM AZ! This will be FUN!

teacherwoman said...

WOW! Those are some great goals, Wes! You are so going to rock those!

I need to get back into my tripower routine! I think I've been saying that for months!

LBTEPA said...

GOOD ONES!

Shannon said...

All your goals are achievable. I can't wait to hear success story after success story Weslicious. :)

Joe said...

Gotta think these goals are more realistic than a sub 20 5K. So, good call.

I truly think you can run a Half Mary...plan well.

Jess said...

Those sound like excellent goals, Wes!

Carolina John said...

love the goals wes! i'll email you my week's training layout - might give you a starting point for the 3x3x3 layout. i plan on 3 run, 3 bike, 3 swim every week, plus 3 tri power workouts and 2 yoga's

very achievable.