Monday, December 11, 2017

Setting goals for 2012

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So, let’s be honest, 2011 kinda went better than I could have hoped.  I donned the GB ‘blue suit’ for the first time at the European Duathlon Championships. I then grabbed a place at the World Triathlon Championships in Beijing. I held my own in the national events. I managed a few top-tens. I shaved nearly 90 seconds off my 5km PB. Even took the odd age group win.  All in all, a good year.

For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know all-too well I can be prone to complaining about lack of fitness, training time etc.  But in reality, this is just part of my make-up; what makes me want to train hard to achieve my goals. I want to push myself, and I expect the most from myself. Anything less than 100% isn’t good enough!

And that’s why it’s good to sit down at the end of the year, put the bullsh*t and knee-jerk tweets to one side and actually take reflection on a year of hard training and racing.  I had one major goal for 2011 – to get to Beijing.  I did it. Not quite the way I had hoped (I had to get a ‘roll-down’ place for the Olympic distance, although I did qualify outright for the Sprint distance); but I did it.

So what of 2012?  I’ve done a lot of thinking (some still ongoing!) and have settled on the following goals:

1. I will qualify outright for the 2012 World Triathlon Championships in Auckland (Olympic distance)
2. I will run a sub-1:30 half marathon (I missed by 90 seconds in 2011)
3. I will run a solid sub-40 10km race
4. I will run a sub-18:30 5km race
5. I will complete my first middle-distance or half-IM triathlon

By making my goals public, I’m making them real.  I can’t back out now or come up with excuses!  My race calendar is taking shape for 2012; the A races are locked-in, I just need to play around the edges, and try to find some time/event for this half-IM I just committed to doing.

For now, winter training is going well.  I think it’s difficult to tell really given that base training is all about building an aerobic base, and therefore not pushing yourself too hard too early.  But hopefully the work I am putting in now will stand me in good stead when the season kicks in next year.

I will post my provisional race calendar for 2012 in the next few days.  In the meantime, have you set your goals and made them public?

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Matt Fisher runs TriathletesDiary.com - so it's all his fault! He pretends to be a triathlete, but really he is a husband, father and company VP. But he has raced for the GB Age Group squad a few times and is a 2014 qualifier for the IM70.3 world champs

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