Posted on January 27 2015
Setting your Goals
Your individual goals are exactly that - individual. Here are a few things you might consider in setting them, that could help.
1) The balancing act: make your goals ambitious but achievable
There’s nothing wrong with setting your sights high. Some say that if you aim right up there in the stars then whatever you achieve is likely to be greater than if you were more conservative with your target. In many ways, that’s true. But raising the bar so very high that it’s virtually out of sight can be damaging to both your ego and your body. Sometimes we don’t like to hear it but the truth is that improvements are made with consistent hard work over a long period.
Crazy goals could make you crazy, but ambitious, achievable goals will lead to results. Whilst keeping your sanity in tact and hopefully avoiding injury. Talk to your coach about what they think are good parameters for you to work within, perhaps taking four or five major things you want to achieve each 3 months. That way, if one or two of them isn’t happening yet, it’s likely you’ll still be succeeding in the other two or three.
2) Have a structure, even if it’s vague.
Some goals will be easier to get a handle on, such as beating your current Fran time or finally mastering handstands, whilst some will be far larger. Like qualifying for Regionals.
Structuring your training can really help. This might be as basic as laying down the law about what sessions you’re going to prioritise, eg. CrossFit three times a week and yoga twice, with a long run as an optional extra session. Or, it could be a little more specific - the details of which classes and at what times you’ll be going to, and which rehab exercises you’ll do in addition to your CrossFit sessions. A macro plan is good too, establishing that an active recovery week follows three hard training weeks for example. A little structure can go along way.
A little structure can go along way.
3) Be flexible, allow for off days or a week. Allow for niggles, illness or travel
Now you’ve got your structure mapped out, accept that it could change. We’re not saying to give up or switch direction if things get difficult at any time, quite the opposite in fact - giving yourself a little wiggle room is what will help you stay on track in the long run. If you feel like you’ve failed or the plan is ruined, because you had a cold or you had to go away on business for a few days, then you’re far more likely to throw in the proverbial sweat-towel.
Remember that a day, or even a week, off here and there, doesn’t derail you over the course of a year.
4) Lifestyle and diet are all part of the puzzle too
If you’re going to be pushing your muscles to their maximum this year, then it’s important to also prioritise the other areas of your life that will affect your recovery and well being. So alongside your training goals, have another list of lifestyle goals. As above, make them ambitious but achievable - if you drink four coffees a day, then going down to zero might just make you miserable. Going down to two, however, if far more realistic when you’re still on track, you’ll thank us for helping you be more moderate! So think about making time for sleep, cooking, friends and other hobbies. Anything that makes you smile will reduce stress levels, which is always a good thing.
Anything that makes you smile will reduce stress level is always a good thing.
5) Talk to your coach, your training buddy and write it down.
For most of us, it’s the case that once we say something out loud, it becomes a whole lot more real. Writing down what your main aims are, in whatever detail you wish to go in to, is a start. But tell another person, particularly someone you train with and, even better, one of your coaches. This will give you a far better chance of staying on track, particularly whenyou start to wane.
So, get planning and Train Hard, Recover Strong.
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