Goal setting: How do you set a goal and what are the criteria for goals? Should they be “reach for the sky” and maybe you make it or fall short, or should they be less ambitious and maybe less exciting? One thing’s for sure if YOUR GOAL is not clearly understood by you then you will never reach it. I say IT on purpose, as having more than one goal at a time leads to confusion and inefficient training. To reach your goal, your training needs to be specific, personal, appropriateprogressive, comprehensive and of course based on YOUR belief in what you can reach for and achieve – the goal. In any racing season you can create several goals that run sequentially so you reach one and move right on to the next one. It’s even better if they compliment each other. For example a Half Marathon PR and then an IRONMAN triathlon work well together.

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To be successful you need to follow your plan and do your training. That doesn’t mean you can’t train with groups and sometimes compromise a little for the added benefits of the group support. Group training has added benefits like accountability and observant coaches watching you and letting you know when you are overreaching or over training and risking injury or illness. Having a good coach can of course provide personal oversight and direction to stay on track with adjustments to your training program and plans. And finally having a comprehensive approach to your training so that it is balanced and fits in with life (partner, kids, work, deployments, travel, and vacations). This balance is essential for success and ensures you end your racing season wanting more, not a post-season break as recommended by your coach! #EATTOTRAIN  check our blog on eating well to train well – Relative Energy Deficiency Syndrome – RED-S

Published by Dai Roberts Triathlon

Health and performance focused professional triathlon and running coach since 2010. Coaching runners since 2001. European AG champion and world championships AG bronze medalist. BEMER specialist and Independent Distributor. Coaching runners and triathletes of all ages from youth to world championships level. I trained under the IRONMAN coaching program alongside the US MASTERS swimming, USA Cycling and USA Track and Field program as well as UK Athletics. Lifelong learning, athlete centered and successful. Retired UK Military after 32 years service.

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