Calendar roll-overs are a great time to look back at what you've achieved and decide on your next set of goals. If you kept a training journal, it's worth flipping back through your notes to remind yourself of where you started and what you accomplished. Take a minute to revel in your successes!
Feeling happy about last year? Frustrated with your results? With those thoughts in mind, take some time to consider where you want to focus your year, specifically any races or events that have caught your eye.
Even though some race series haven't posted their official schedules yet, you can look at past races and get a vague idea of what the series will look like. This is the same for a single event like nationals or that one big race you try to target every year.
Do you know what races/events you want to hit? Do you know what you need to do in order to be at your best? How many training weeks do you have until that first race, or your main race?
A coach/mentor can help you find some races and square away the details, but ultimately you decide the path that you will travel down.
So talk to your buddies, do some research, and find some events that excite and challenge you. It helps keep you accountable, and structure your training, if you write down exactly what you want to do next year. It's perfectly ok if this plan changes - adaptability is key to any good training plan - but this way you are focusing on moving forward.
Don't hesitate to reach out and ask us how we can help you create a performance plan based around your needs and goals!
Until next time..
Geoff and Steph