When it comes to setting your racing goals simply remember your ABCs. Before the season starts, identify the main races you want to target and prioritize those races using these ABCs: A-priority races: The one to three most important races of the season. Training will be designed around these races to allow you to peak for them. Ideally, these will occur together in a … [Read more...] about The ABCs of Prioritizing Races and Setting Race Goals
Establishing an ambitious set of goals for the season can sometimes feel like an accomplishment in its own right. But setting your goals is only the first step toward achieving those goals. So what’s next? 1. Make those goals a priority Once you’ve set your goals it’s time to make those goals a priority. That means eradicating those attractive (but inevitably misleading) … [Read more...] about After Setting Your Goals, Now What?
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” These lines, often attributed to Goethe, seem particularly appropriate as the calendar turns the page into the New Year. If you have had your sights set on a dream you have never quite been able to act upon, heed the call. Begin it. Begin it now. Here are three … [Read more...] about Begin it Now
“The longest journey begins with a single step.” —Lao Tzu Whether we make formal New Year's resolutions or not, most of us find the beginning of the new year to be a time of reflection about what has passed and what we want to achieve now that we have a "fresh start". It's a time of setting goals and for athletes, many of these goals relate to training and racing. When … [Read more...] about Ten Guidelines for Effective Goal Setting
"There's nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so." —Shakespeare Given that optimal performance relies as much on psychology as physiology, the best physical preparation in the world can only take an athlete so far. As anyone who has ever engaged in a performance activity knows, the situation can induce a significant level of mental stress in addition to the … [Read more...] about Mental Skills Training: Keeping Your Head in the Game