Setting Realistic Goals for Racing 2019

When I buy cookies, I eat just 4 and then throw the rest away.  But first I spray them with Raid so I won't dig them out of the garbage later. Be careful though because Raid really doesn't taste all that bad.
-- Racer Janette Barber

Below is a piece by motivational speaker Jim Rohn.  It's particularly well suited to the triathlete as he/she is reflecting on 2018 and planning the upcoming year."

What goals did you set at the start of this year? Have you accomplished them? Personal development legend Jim Rohn says it's ok if you haven't yet achieved your goals. The more important question to ask is if you've started.

“The real value in setting goals is not in their achievement. The acquisition of the things you want is strictly secondary. The major reason for setting goals is to compel you to become the person it takes to achieve them,” Rohn says. Say you want to be a millionaire. The greatest value to becoming one is actually not the million dollars. (Seriously!) “The greatest value is in the skills, knowledge, discipline and leadership qualities you’ll develop in reaching that elevated status,” Rohn says.

"Answer this question: What kind of person will you have to become to get all you want?

Write down the kinds of skills you’ll need to develop and the knowledge you’ll need to gain. Your answers might give you some new goals for your personal development. Work on your goals. Your ability will grow to match your dreams. This is the magic of goal setting. The more you work on your goals, the more new opportunities will present themselves to you,” Rohn says.

You can make big changes in your life. “You can make startling changes you can’t even conceive of right now, if you just give yourself half a chance.”

Sounds good doesn't it?  IRONMAN U teaches a complete athlete questionnaire which includes a medical history, previous injuries and aggravating factors, lifestyle including work, family, hobbies, travel, access to pools/water, biking indoor/outdoor, dietary history, a psychological eval including self-awareness, consistency, ability to set targets/goals, etc.  You know your tri history and if you’re honest with yourself, what worked and what didn’t, what thoughtless training – trying to satisfy training numbers – led to injuries, and you know what your realistic goal (s) are.  

If you sit quietly on a Sunday afternoon and put the framework of all of this on paper and match it to your realistic goals, the training you need to reach them will flow forward like Dorothy and the yellow brick road.

I think as triathletes, this is what we do as we prepare for the upcoming season.  Here's wishing you racing and training success, hopefully smart and injury-free.

And I hope you can stay out of the med tent even though the staff are likely to be very nice.