Goals – we all have them whether we realise it or not. The ultra organised amongst us will write them down, along with a plan on how to achieve them and by when. Others have a vague notion of something they want to do at some point in time and hope they get there, somehow.
Where would I be on this scale? Secretly (or maybe not so secretly) I always consider myself more of the former than the latter but decided to set myself a personal challenge as a test.
My goal was to take part in a triathlon. I don’t mean a Brownlee Brothers distance triathlon that requires Olympic standard athletic prowess but a Come and Tri event which includes a 400m swim, a 10km cycle and a 2.5km run. Maybe not too much of a challenge but at my fitness level, with my sporting ability (or the lack of it), I had to start small!
Being realistic with my goal setting meant I knew I wasn’t ‘in it to win it’, so my focus was to finish the race, and my stretch target was to cross the line in under one hour.
I can swim, cycle, and run (although I don’t excel in any of the three) but how about doing one after the other and in a race situation? Whatever my experience, it wasn’t going to be enough to get me over the line. I was going to have to speak to the experts and train.