Yesterday I ate lunch at a Japanese restaurant and received a fortune cookie. The photo is very clear – I couldn’t get it to focus for some reason, but my fortune read, “Use your abilities at this time to stay focused on your goal. You will succeed.” I have been reading a number of articles about setting race goals and what to avoid when thinking about goals. This seemed to go right along with my reading and thinking.
I had an important factor reinforced over the weekend: what you think will influence your performance. On Friday evening I needed to run. I really did not feel like it but knew I needed to log a 45 minute run anyway. I was thinking that I was just going to be slow and sure enough, I was. On the way home I realized what I had done to myself and decided to reverse my thinking for a Saturday morning 5k. I had a goal in mind for the 5k and missed it by only 30 seconds. I was over 6 minutes faster than the previous evening, however. My times are still slow by many standards but I continue making progress.
I have set goals for my swim with Sam’s help, and for my bike and run for the half Ironman. Knowing my goals, writing them down and being specific, and having a plan for race day and leading up to race day are all factors in the overall goals and plan. Right now Raleigh is an A race. The events leading up to Raleigh are important parts of training and preparation.