“You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.” – Steve Prefontaine
I have pulled my head out of the sand and I am writing again. After that last down and out post I took a hiatus on the blogging to refocus myself on my goals. Since I have not written any goals down on paper, I will today. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions mainly because I make up new goals all of the time. This year I do have two main goals that I will achieve.
1. Complete an IronMan distance triathlon. This is my main focus this year. It is my ‘A’ race. I have been working toward this goal for many years, unknowingly, even to me.
2. The IronMan training will not impact my family (too much). Last year my training plan for the Kinetic Half took over my life. I worried about what my family was doing while I was swimming, biking and running. When I was with my family I worried that I wasn’t training enough. I worried about nutrition. I worried I would not finish. I just plain out worried.
Good judgement comes with experience. So what am I doing differently? Voila…my little goals:
1. Not worrying (so much). I do a lot of positive self-talk and push that negative energy away. It is a practice. I meditate. I pray.
2. Staying focused on what I am doing. I (try to) stay in the moment. This is another practice. If I do that, then I don’t have time to worry. The guys from Endurance Nation talk about “the box”. All I can focus on is what I am doing at that moment. Count my strokes while I am swimming. Focus on pedal stroke or position while I am biking. Focus on form while I am running.
3. Planning my workouts for the week. My original plan is still working!
For the last two weeks, while I was not worrying and staying focused and planning my workouts I felt a sense of achievement! With achievement comes motivation!
This week’s achievements:
Yes, that says All Easy Base in the notes. What does that mean? It’s all hard to me!
What are your goals, big or little? How do you accomplish them?