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Triathlon Goal Setting

It’s that time of year when everyone is talking New Year, New You. There’s dry January, Run Every Day January (for a great cause), New Year’s resolutions, detoxes, and unending ideas on how to make a fresh start. Sticking to your goals can be difficult, but there are ways to ensure that they don’t go by the wayside by the first of February. Smart triathlon goal setting is the key!

The best way is to create goals that are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time sensitive).
Why not set yourself a SMART triathlon goal for this season?

Here are some tips to make your SMART goals even smarter:

1. Specific

Be specific! Don’t just say ‘finish a triathlon’. Make the commitment and sign up for a race. Now you have a clear, specific vision of what the goal is. Do some research about the race and consider what kind of training you’ll need to reach the finish line.

2. Measurable

A measurable goal allows a definitive yes or no to the question, ‘Have I reached my goal?’ For example, ‘I want to do a lot of training’ is not measurable, however, ‘I want to train three times weekly toward my race in July’ is.

3. Achievable

Achievable goals can still be challenging. Choose a goal that scares you a little (my first standard-distance triathlon scared me enough that I was fully committed to training), but one that makes sense (I had the proper amount of time to train towards it without risking injury or a panic attack!). Don’t make a goal so daunting that you condemn yourself to failure, but choose something big that excites you!

4. Realistic

Realistic goals fit into your immediate as well as your long-term plans and suit your lifestyle. They must be meaningful, exciting, and important to YOU. If this season involves major changes or goals in non-triathlon parts of your life, maybe doing your first Ironman isn’t realistic. However, a sprint-distance triathlon might be a great goal.

5. Time Sensitive

Give yourself a deadline! People tend to work best under pressure (or at least when there is a clear end date). If your goal is to complete a triathlon, you might never do it. If you’re signed up for a race in July, you have a very specific timeframe in which to complete your goals.

Now that you know how to create SMART goals, you’ll need to write them down to keep them top of mind and to see your progress.

We have a FREE Training Log that can help! With a one month per page format, you can see what you’re working towards and how you’re getting there.

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With SMART goals, you are going to have an amazing triathlon year!

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Triathlon Training Tips – Goal Setting

Triathlon Training Tips - Goal Setting

It’s that time of year when your inbox is flooded with tips on New Year’s resolutions, diet suggestions, and ideas on how to make a fresh start. I know that keeping your resolutions can be difficult, so instead, why not choose an exciting goal for 2014 that you can stick to? The best goals are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time sensitive).

Why not set yourself a SMART triathlon goal for 2014?

Suggestions on setting your SMART goal:

Have you ever set goals and then not achieved them? Did you have the best of intentions to do something about them, yet somehow, did not get there in the end? Maybe you started something yet got side-tracked with work commitments, kids and other family responsibilities?

Well, you are not alone and are in good company with many athletes! To help you stay on track and keep you going, the first step is to clearly identify what it is you want to achieve, before exploring your motivation and making a detailed plan as to how you are going to get there.

This article will help you set your goals so you do achieve them.