This past weekend I was lucky enough to be a part of the 2012 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship in Burlington Vermont where over 3,000 different Triathletes competed to try and stake their claim as one of the best. This year I had one solid goal… have fun and leave nothing left in the tank!
With preparing BIO for opening and fitting in my Triathlon training in as much as I could, I came into the race the most relaxed I had ever been. While waiting for my wave to start I felt like it was just another day in paradise, and it showed. During the swim, bike and run I had a positive attitude throughout, and the thing that helped the most was setting minor goals. Setting goals for yourself is the single MOST important thing you can do to help you move forward in life and fitness. But what people do not understand is that its the short term/immediate goals that make the biggest difference. An example I have used with past clients is when you teach a child to walk you first have to teach them to roll over, otherwise the child will think whatever he/she is doing is never enough and will give up.
My short term goal was to enjoy the 40k bike ride while still holding a above average pace (Check), descend my 10k run after (CHECK!) and finish the race with nothing left in the tank (Triple CHECK!), I finished with a 4 min PR and couldn’t have been happier. Setting yourself up for success is the first step in reaching your goal. Like the pyramids they were built from the ground up, so pick many immediate goals which are easily achievable and one long term goal to build up to in a year.Let your imagination run wild and see what happens, you’d be surprised how far it will take you!