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:
- Implement a strength training regimen for the entire year (Tripower).
- Nail my nutrition on and off the field of battle. I have repeatedly failed this.
- Run the entire third discipline at a half Ironman (no walking!)
- Improve my half Ironman PR (quantify this later).
- Improve my Ironman PR (quantify this later).
- 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...