Now I know this is a marathon and fundraising blog, but I’m going to go off piste a little bit with this post so please bear with me…
In 2009 I successfully (arguably!) completed my first ever triathlon. It was a “sprint” distance, part of the Bedford Sprint Series, comprising of a 400m pool swim, 24km cycle and a 5km run. I finished in 1:51:00, with the split times shown in the link below… I know there’s a lot of improvement to be made – especially on first transition, but that’s another story!
But on that day I achieved so much personally. I achieved four PBs during that one event! Ok, so three of them probably don’t count as they were “firsts” rather than beating a time I’d already set, but the 5km run was a personal best for me. I went home that day feeling like a champ, and I wanted to do it again! Unfortunately, just a few months after that event I was only 6 weeks into marathon training when I suffered a stress fracture and that kind of ended my run/bike/swim enthusiasm for a while and I struggled to get back into any training consistently until nearly two years had passed.
Thankfully I have now regained all of my previous gusto and 2012 is the year of my return to endurance events.
Having done a Level 2 Fitness Instructor course, and having worked in a business environment for several years now, I have learned the art of “SMART” goal-setting. The elements of a SMART goal are that it is:
I think setting SMART goals is a really good way of keeping yourself motivated, challenged and focussed for the things you want to achieve. And that’s why I have come up with these, my two main training goals for 2012:
- Complete my first marathon… in less than three hours and 50 minutes. Brighton Marathon, 15th April 2012.
- Complete my first Olympic distance triathlon. London Triathlon, 23rd September 2012.
Along the way, I have set myself other mini-goals. These, ordinarily, would be big enough goals in their own right but, because of the mountain I have decided to climb, they are now more like stepping stones to keep me feeling the way I did when I finished that triathlon in 2009. My mini-goals are:
- Complete my first half marathon. Great Bentley, 5th February 2012.
- Run a sub 1:50 half marathon. Silverstone, 11th March 2012.
- Run a sub 50 minute 10k. Race and date undecided.
- Complete my first open-water triathlon. Shock Absorber Sprint, 10th June 2012.
- Beat my sprint distance triathlon PB. Dunmow Triathlon, 9th September 2012.
The last goal may have to be adjusted slightly because the cycle leg of the Dunmow Tri is 1km shorter than that of the Bedford Sprint where my PB was set, but I’m sure I can time-adjust as necessary!
So that’s it – those are my SMART goals for 2012. Have you set yourself any goals for this year? Are they SMART? What are they? I’d love to hear from you!