Are you training for a road racing or mountain biking? Triathlon or a marathon? The coaches at Kingfield are going to spend the next few weeks showing you how to set and achieve your 2018 training and race goals. From setting your goals, to finding a coach, to a successful race day- we are here to guide you on your 2018 race journey
In order to become the best athlete you can be, you’ve gotta set goals and achieve them… right? Well duh!, everyone knows that. And you know what? It’s completely true. Goal-setting is a necessary part of the training process. Goals can keep you both grounded and focused, which in my opinion, is one heck of a combo for enhancing your dedication to training and competing.
At Kingfield, part of our commitment to you as an athlete is to help create a platform on which you can achieve your goals. Below we’ve taken the guesswork out of goal-setting and outlined a few steps you can take in order to achieve your athletic goals.
First, make a list of the races you plan on signing up for or have already signed up for. You will then need to prioritize these races by ranking them A, B or C (this will help you plan your training, taper and recover).
A - This is a race you’ll want to perform your absolute best in (maybe hit a Personal Record or medal).
B - You want to do well, but it isn’t your main priority.
C - Aka a “training Race.” These races serve as an opportunity to test out pacing/nutrition/hydration for your “A race.”
Second, when setting goals be S.M.A.R.T:
Specific - goals should be simplistic and should define exactly what you want to achieve. Measurable - creating measurable goals ensures that you have tangible evidence that you have accomplished that goal.
Attainable - goals should be attainable. That means investigating whether the goal is really acceptable to you. They should stretch you slightly so you feel challenged, but be well-defined so you can achieve them.
Results - goals should measure outcomes, not activities.
Timely - goals should be linked to a timeframe that creates a practical sense of urgency, or results in tension between the current reality and the vision of the goal.
Now that you have identified your goals and how you are going to achieve them, make sure you enlist the support of those closest to you. This could be your coach, significant other, family, friends or teammates. Remember, you aren’t on this journey alone. Next week, we’ll dive deeper into the process of selecting a coach that best suits your needs.
Written by Coach Lea