Saturday, June 13, 2015

What to do when your goals don't work out?

At the beginning of the season, I had several goals.

The first one was to podium at at triathlon this year. Now, having goals that depend on how others finish is risky but I had come in fourth in both my tris last year and I was sure with a few minor tweaks in my training routine, I could do better. Especially since I was starting from a better place of fitness.

My next goal was to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I had a very elaborate plan worked out for that. I had done 5ks all fall to improve speed, then had moved up to 10ks on schedule. The next step was to train for the TinkerBell Half at Disneyland on Mother's Day. After that I would concentrate on the HM distance for a while and then in late-July/early-August, I'd start marathon training to get ready for CIM in early Dec.

I also had side goal of qualifying for the Team USA. I actually did that in Aquathlon but I wanted to make it to Nationals in Triathlon as well.

And then I got injured. Eventually the drop-dead date for training for Tink came and went and I had to defer to next year. At this point, I'm on the edge of not being able to be ready for the marathon at all. My training plan for the marathon calls for me to be up to at least a 10k in four weeks and right now I poop out at about 2.5 miles.

As for my goal to make it to Nationals, I can do that if I come in top five in my age group at my first tri of the season, California Sprint Triathlon. Normally you have to place in the top 10 percent in your age group, but CST is a regional championship and at those you have to be top 33% or top 5, which ever is bigger.

So if CST had been a regional championship last year, I would have made it. Of course, if had been maybe more people would have signed up and maybe I wouldn't have placed as well. This is also an issue this year. I really don't know what to expect in terms of sign-ups.

And now I'm slower in running for sure and maybe slower on the bike too. I am faster in swimming but the swim is such a short part of the event.

This says to me that I need to re-evaluate my goals.

I am signed up for two half marathons in the Fall so I am going to concentrate on them. If I can get back into running soon enough to train for the Dec marathon, I will do that, but otherwise I'll aim for one at the beginning of March.

For CST, my goal now is to have fun. I'd like to finish the bike in under 40 minutes, 35 if I can manage it. For the swim, I just want to be faster than last year, hopefully about 2 minutes faster. It will really depend on how much longer than advertised the course is (it's always long). For the run, I just want to survive. I still have another triathlon in August to aim for a podium finish.

It's disappointing but better than pushing myself too hard and having another relapse.
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