I've struggled with this on a couple of different levels. First of all... its tough to come up with stretch goals that are still realistic when you don't have a whole lot of perspective of what you're capable of in the sport. Do you know what I mean? Here I am in my second full season of triathlon-dom! I've done a grand total of 4 triathlons, (3 Olympic, and 1 Half-Iron), so basically... I know nothing! BUT... I'm simply not interested in a goal like, "I wanna live a healthy lifestyle and do the best I can." Uhhhh... yeah... that doesn't get my juices flowing.
Secondly, there's the whole accountability thing. Once you write the goals down... and you've made them both specific AND measurable... you're on the right track. However, if those goals just sit in your notebook... the only person that's going to hold you accountable to those goals is yourself. I don't know about you... but I find it pretty easy to give myself a pass on certain things. SO... by putting these goals on the blog... I have a whole TON of people to hold me accountable... and mock me... and make me cry... and laugh at me. You get the picture.
SO... here are my goals for Barclay's North, Ironman 70.3 at Lake Stephens, WA:
- Swim: 30 min (1.2 miles at 1:30/100 yds)
- Bike: 2:35 (56 miles at 21.6 mph avg)
- Run: 1:34 (13.1 miles at 7:09/mile)
- Finish: 4:45 (including transitions)
Let the harassment begin....