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Tri Talk Tuesday (one day late!)

Yesterday I discovered this awesome Tri Blog link up and I thought I would join in on the fun! Each Tuesday, Cynthia from You Signed Up For What, Miranda from The Cupcake Triathlete, and Courtney from The Tri Girl Chronicles host the ‘Tri Talk Tuesday’ link up with a different triathlon topic each week. I discovered the link-up late last night, and thought it would be fun to write a post today (just one day late) on the topic of this week.

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The theme of Tri Talk Tuesday this week is GOALS. I’m going to spend some time talking about my goals and how I got to where I am today.

Roughly six years ago, before working my 9-5, I worked at lululemon full time as an Educator. A large focus as an educator at lululemon was goal setting. We often spent a few hours a week talking about goals and making them known among our peers. It helped to not only write our goals down, but verbalize them… this made them seem more real and attainable. One word that was often tossed around (and I will never forget it) with goal setting was BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). Your BHAG was supposed to be a goal that scared you and also excited you. Six years ago, my BHAG goal was to compete in my first sprint triathlon. Fast forward to now, several Sprint, Olympic, and Half Iron races later and I am training for my very first Ironman!

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People have been asking me throughout my Ironman training: ‘so what will you do AFTER the Ironman?’ My response: ‘train for another Ironman.’ I’m totally serious. Doing the Ironman is not something that I am just looking to check off my goal list and be done with it. I know I have never raced one before, but I have a sneaky suspicion that I am going to love it and I will want to do another one.

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Here are my current goals and long term goals.  I’m not going to call my current goals ‘short term’ goals, because I want to focus on these goals even after IMMT. 

Current Goals

  • Get more sleep. I am often doing two training sessions in one day (before and after work), getting enough sleep is critical for performance. I have made it a goal to be in bed by 10:00 PM every night, so I’m getting closer to 7 hours of sleep vs. my normal 6 hours (eek!).
  • Focus on fueling properly. Getting a consult from sports nutritionist before starting IM training was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I used to just drink only water on the bike (for example) and I was not taking in enough carbohydrates. After making the change to sports drink, I can’t imagine life (or training) without it!  This is also a LONG term goal I plan on maintaining.
  • Make time for ‘fun’ in my personal life, even though it’s REALLY hard. Right now I have tunnel vision until IMMT on 8/17. I live, eat and breathe Ironman, and I don’t really care about much else at the moment. It’s now getting into Summer and I am making it a goal to enjoy things that aren’t triathlon focused (i.e. camping, dinner dates with my hubby, hiking in New Hampshire). The hard part is, finding time to do those things that I love…

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  • Work on my swim technique. I am not one of those triathletes that started as a swimmer (oh how I wish I was). I am a runner turned triathlete and swimming has been the one sport that always challenges me. I have improved lots over the years, but I am still working on technique. I feel like I’m not as efficient as I need to be (head position, body rotation etc..) I have been watching you tube videos on technique and I’ve found it helpful!
  • Don’t forget about strength training. I had to give up CrossFit (which I was loving) to focus on my Ironman training. It was causing too much stress on my muscles and I was always sore! In place of CrossFit, I have teamed up with a trainer who designed a 2 x week strength plan. It’s mostly body weight stuff, but it will hopefully keep me strong and injury free.
  • Take care of my body. Stretch, foam roll, repeat… daily. If I don’t stay on top of my daily stretching and foam rolling , I notice it! Also, Epsom salt baths have been a big help when my body feels super fatigued.

Long Term Goals

  • Qualify for Kona. I know for me, this is not out of the question and I want to get to the Big Island! Since IMMT is my first Ironman, I think it’s unrealistic to think I can qualify the first time around. Sure it’s been done before, it’s not impossible, but it seems a little farfetched. I think a more realistic goal for me is to get to Kona within 5 years (and if we decide to start a family, this might be pushed to within 10 years…)

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  • Become an Elite/Pro Triathlete. I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t a goal, but I’m just not sure how I will get there with having a full time 9-5 job. I am convinced that if I worked part time and had a one-on-one coach, that I could potentially be Pro. Then again, I am happy with being in the top of my age group in most races, and maybe that’s the place to be (for me). In a dream world, I would be a full time triathlete… a girl can dream, right?

What are your goals?
How do hold yourself accountable?

I look forward to coming back next week with another Tri Talk Topic!

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16 Comments

  • Reply Courtney @The TriGirl Chronicles May 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Kristin! Thanks for linking up!

    I can only ever dream of qualifying for Kona or going pro, that is seriously incredible. I am super pumped to follow you as you train for your first Ironman since there’s where I’ll be this time next year. Hoping I can learn a lot from you =)

    Good luck at IMMT!!!

    • Reply Kristin May 22, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      You’re welcome! I look forward to linking up again next week! How exciting that you’ll be doing an Ironman next year, so awesome! Hopefully I can provide some insight for you! Thank you!!!

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  • Reply Bryanna May 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I love the goals!! Being a pro athlete would be so amazing, but it does take so much time!! I am excited to watch your progress for the ironman. My husband and I are volunteering at the Couer d’Alene ironman the end of June and I can’t wait.

    • Reply Kristin May 22, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Thank you!! I know, it does take SO much time (and money, ugh). Exciting to hear you will be volunteering at Couer d’Alene… volunteers are amazing, always so grateful! I hope to do that race some day:)

  • Reply Miranda @ The Cupcake Triathlete May 21, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Amazing, inspiring goals Kristin – thank you for joining our link-up!

    • Reply Kristin May 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Thank you so much! I look forward to joining the link up again next week!

  • Reply Alison @ racingtales May 22, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Love your goals! Good luck at IMMT! I used to ski there…such beautiful scenery, sure to be a great event.

    • Reply Kristin May 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you Alison! I hear Mont Tremblant is a beautiful area.. I can’t wait!

  • Reply Kristen @ Glitter and Dust May 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Wow, girl! You are such an inspiration. I love that you have big goals and dreams, but are also very humble and realistic. I truly believe your calling lies somewhere in the athletic world, whether competing yourself or training/coaching others. You have that passion and drive.

    • Reply Kristin May 29, 2014 at 1:41 am

      Thank you so much:) I really appreciate your comment about what you think my calling is. I also think that being involved in training or coaching could make me really happy some day. I have a feeling all of this Ironman training will help me solve some of my ‘career dilemmas’… everything happens for a reason I think:)

  • Reply Abby May 23, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Love reading people’s goals, and I love how passionate you are about everything active.
    That’s awesome you had someone create a strength plan for you, and that you do it twice a week. That’s a huge accomplishment in IM training, and I’m sure one that is paying off!
    Just keep working at it, and I’m sure you can check all your goals one day.

    • Reply Kristin May 29, 2014 at 1:36 am

      Thank you Abby! The strength plan is really helping and I am working hard to stick to it twice a week. It’s not easy fitting it in with everything else that I do (as you know). I am definitely passionate about everything active and health related.. I just wish I could apply it to my career and not just my personal life.. some day!

  • Reply Leslie @ Triathlete Treats May 23, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    This is such a good idea! I think I have seen it on Twitter but hadn’t really known what it was!!!
    Great goals!!! I can’t wait to see how you do at IMMT!! You are totally going to kill it!! You are working so hard!! I think having Kona is a great goal for you! You really have to have a perfect day out there to get a slot but if you set your mind to it…you can do anything right?!! 🙂
    My “BHAG” right now would be to do IMC in 12:30. I think that is too far fetched but I am going to work really hard in the next 10 weeks to get as close to that goal as I can!!
    I think telling people your goals “out loud” helps you keep focused and accountable!!

    • Reply Kristin May 29, 2014 at 1:19 am

      Yes, you should join the Tri Talk Tuesday next week! I did not get to join this week, the holiday threw my week off:) I can’t believe how close IMMT is getting, so hard to believe. I appreciate your comments about my goals. I can imagine that you need to have a perfect day out there to make it to Kona, I hope I can do it one day! I think your goal for IMC is a great goal! I’m sure you can do it if you work really hard over these next 10 weeks. Mind over matter, right? 🙂 I can’t wait to see you rock the rest of your training.

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