My goal next year is to complete a 70.3 mile triathlon.
I’m currently freaking out quietly!
This is because I haven’t broken it down. I’m thinking about the whole thing, rather than breaking down into manageable chunks. It’s currently too big and not SMART at all.
However for some reason I get overwhelmed whenever I start thinking about it and stop myself from planning it. The furs test I’ve got is looking at how many weeks I have and setting the date to start official full on training in May.
I feel like my own worst enemy right now. I feel like I wasted the last 4 weeks. However I know I was ill and then had all my swimming galas. It’s really this last week I feel I could have got my act together.
But all I can think about is wanting a proper break. I think I’m suffering from a bit of seasonal affective disorder this year. I did last year too, but forced myself through it by being active. I can’t seem to get myself into to gear like last year.
I also know I am comparing myself to other people and what they are doing training wise – the downside of Strava!
So I need to plan to get my plan together. I know where I want to get to for March next year, so I just need to work towards it bit by bit.
Right now that means getting my feet out the door – simple.
Then I can build upon each week. Session by session. I want to enjoy the process. I don’t want it to feel like a chore. If it does I will not want to achieve my goal.
Does anyone else get like this once they have set a goal for themselves?
In my 2014 swimming club champs I took part in all 17 events running. I hadn’t trained specifically for these, so my goal was to complete all events, rather than worry about beating times. However I did manage to beat some of my times from last year, which is a nice bonus.
- 200m Breaststroke = 03:44 (2013 = 03:43)
- 50m Breaststroke 00:48:97 (2013 = 00:52)
- 100m Freestyle = 01:28 (2013 = 01:30)
- 100m Backstroke = 01:42 (2013 = 01:42)
- 50m Butterfly = 00:39:48 (2013 = 00:44)
- 400m Freestyle = 06:27 (2013 = 06:32)
- 200m Butterfly = 03:49
- 200m Backstroke = 03:36
- 200m Individual Medley = 03:30 (2013 = ?)
- 800m Freestyle = 13:20 (2013 = 13:16)
- 400m Individual Medley = 07:28
- 200m Freestyle = 03:10
- 100m Individual Medley = 01:37.62
- 100m Butterfly = 01:42:38
- 100m Breaststroke = 01:48:56
- 50m Freestyle = 00:40:00
- 50m Backstroke = 00:48:52
My one goal after last year’s events was to commit to doing the 800m Freestyle with tumble turns and I did! I was expecting to be a lot slower than 4 seconds as they still wear me out, but I feel in more or a rhythm when I do them. I am extremely happy I kept to this goal. My goal for 2014 is sorting out my bilateral breathing for both the 400m and 800m Freestyle (and bonus for my open water swimming!)
Tonight starts the annual Swimming Club Champs and this year I am going to have a go at every single event!
- 200m Breaststroke
- 50m Butterfly
- 100m Freestyle
- 50m Breaststroke
- 100m Backstroke
- 400m Freestyle
- 200m Butterfy (why did I put my name down for this?)
- 200m Backstroke
- 800m Freestyle (Goal – to do with tumble turns)
- 400m Individual Medley (again why did I sign up for this?)
- 200m Freestyle
- 100m Butterfly
- 50m Freestyle
- 100m Individual Medley
- 50m Backstroke
- 100m Breaststroke
- 200m Individual Medley
This is 17 events over the next four weeks! There are a few more Masters swimmers doing it this year than previous years, which is why I have signed up to all the events. My only consolation is that I will get the Women’s shield again as the ladies are only doing the Saturday night short distance events, so by doing the most events (and then most points) I will get to have my name engraved again. It really is the taking part that counts as I will not beat them in the actual races
Not quite such a good week. A busy week, but that impacted on the amoutn of exercise I could do and wanted to do.
Monday = Run 2 miles in 24 minutes (missed running club as out for an Indian meal)
Tuesday = Swimming club – 3400m in 90 minutes
Wednesday = Running Club – 4.4 miles in 54 minutes
Thursday = Walking around Bristol waterfront (meal in Bristol)
Friday = Bike ride of 16.7 miles in 81 minutes (Halloween party)
Saturday = helped at local firework event (hungover after party and sore throat)
Sunday = swim coaching (felt worse with cold)
So that is a total of 4 hours and 15 minutes. Not quite reaching my 5 hour target. I also don’t think i will make it this coming week as am starting the week with a stupid head cold and am taking the decision to rest up in hopes it will disappear. I also have two nights out this week for meals.
So rather than fitness I will be focusing on food. I know that a healthy body and strong body starts in the kitchen and I could exercise all day but never lose weight if I don’t get my eating in order.
In my job working in projects we talk a lot about setting things up for success and that got me thinking about how I can help myself work towards my goals in successful ways.
2015 is going to be a big year for me. I turn thirty and have set myself my biggest challenge to date of completing a half ironman distance triathlon.
So I need to set myself up for success and in order to do that I need to plan.
I currently use a Moleskine journal to record my bullet journal and that is working really well for me. I have decided to add to this by using the Moleskine Wellness journal template you can get online to stick into your own notebooks. I like the goals pages and how they are set up into both monthly and weekly.
The monthly templates I have used to insert all the events I am taking part in and will add specific weight, fitness, and personal goals at the beginning of each month.
The weekly ones I will use to be very specific about what I want to achieve that week. This will be update to date with any commitments so I can be realistic and flexible in my approach. There is no point in saying I will always do my ideal week of swimming club, running club, and cycling, if I have to go away for work!
I really like being able to tick things of my list and I think this is why the bullet journal idea has worked so well for me as it allows me to be organised and tick things off a list. So going back to weekly goals will help me take small steps to reaching my bigger goals. I won’t be sharing all the details of my goals, but I wanted to share how I organizing my goals and therefore setting myself up for success.