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.
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!
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.
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.
- 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…
- 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…)
- 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!