Hopefully you have taken time to reflect on your year. I suggest that you set aside time for a day or so to review the goals you achieved, ideas for 2013, goals not achieved, and what you will commit to do differently in 2013. Remember bucket lists are just dreams without deadlines. Also, the value of goal setting is the thinking, planning and knowledge that result from from the journey toward goal achievement. Goal setting will help you make more informed decisions every day.
Moving to 2013, have your written down your race goals and other life goals? Lets just focus on race or fitness goals. What will you do differently to improve? Consider a focus of one area that will have the most impact on your race performance. As in all things in life, consistency is the key.
One idea I use often to keep fitness goals on track is to add different varieties of workouts each year that will provide cross benefits to my race specific goal. Consider adding variety to your routine during the year. Here are just a few ideas:
- Strength training with heavy weights/low reps vs. a higher rep lighter weight strategy.
- Consider an off-season body weight strength workout (P90X/Insanity, etc.)
- Add more track workouts and agility sessions
- Consider cross fit for a competitive support group for additional motivation
- Enter a Mud/Death race, open water swim, snowshoe race
- Be consistent and focused in a specific area, ex: work hard on abdominal strength
- Change your training from miles to hours or the reverse.
- Experiment with a new focused race diet.
The impact of writing your goals can be significant especially when you look back at the end of the year. As many studies have shown, goal setting (written goals) and accountability tracking will result in a 30% improvement of overall performance. Goal setting should not be the normal exercise of “resolutions” that occur for many at the beginning of the year. Consider writing your goals on your birthday or another important day of the year.
You get the point. Just keep on trying new things in all aspects in life and when in doubt asks yourself what it the worst thing that can happen? Most likely it won’t involve dying.
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By Wayne Kurtz
Wayne Kurtz is founder of RaceTwitch.com and Endurance Racing Report, he has a lifelong passion for racing in various endurance sport races throughout the world. He is also the author of: ‘Beyond the Iron, a training guide for ultra-distance triathlons.’