Love what you are do­ing

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - T1 -

The motto for the Mel­rad Rac­ing squad is “Keep It Fun.” If you are hav­ing fun, you are happy, in the mo­ment and en­gaged in the process. This is the key to be­ing re­silient dur­ing the slow, non-lin­ear, in­cre­men­tal im­prove­ment re­quired to mas­ter en­durance sport. Un­less you are a pro­fes­sional, you are spend­ing all of your leisure time train­ing for this goal, so it should be some­thing you en­joy do­ing. Even if the work is hard, suc­cess­ful pro­fes­sion­als have fun with the process. Make sure that there is an el­e­ment of fun built into your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly plan­ning.

Find­ing a great train­ing group, en­gag­ing in some of the types of work­outs you re­ally like and keep­ing a light, pos­i­tive at­ti­tude about train­ing keeps it fun. One of my ath­letes likes to call hard work­outs “no-fun fun.” This per­spec­tive makes the hard work what it is sup­posed to be – a fun chal­lenge to cre­ate im­prove­ment.

Con­sider the above three el­e­ments and re­visit your top-three out­comes and process goals for the year. Would you change any­thing in or­der to in­cor­po­rate some of the above ideas? You should have at least three goals that are de­ter­mined with the fol­low­ing guide­lines:

A WILDEST DREAMS GOAL If this is an out­come goal, this goal is pos­si­ble if ev­ery bit of your process, prepa­ra­tion and luck are in line, and you have the race of your life. This is the stretch goal – it should sit just out­side your cur­rent lim­its. If this is a per­for­mance or ex­pe­ri­ence goal, this is a dream venue, a day you out­stripped your own lim­its for per­for­mance or you com­mit­ted to do­ing some­thing out­side your com­fort zone.

A MAX­I­MIZ­ING CUR­RENT PO­TEN­TIAL GOAL As an out­come goal, this is an at­tain­able goal that is chal­leng­ing, but re­al­is­tic. You have been com­pet­ing at this level, but this goal proves you are ready for the next step. This could also be com­mit­ting to your first club (ex­pe­ri­ence goal), trav­el­ling to your first big race or some­thing that is within your com­fort zone, but has just never hap­pened.

A REAFFIRMATION OF PROGRESS GOAL As an out­come goal, this is likely a step­ping stone to Goal No. 2 and rep­re­sents an achieve­ment that will make the sea­son a suc­cess. This is a good race and a solid per­for­mance, but maybe not quite the next level yet. As an ex­pe­ri­ence, it could be a smaller step out­side your com­fort zone, a step to­ward be­com­ing your best self, or even just com­mit­ting to cre­at­ing these types of goals.

Dream­ing up three goals for the sea­son starts with a fear­less com­mit­ment to chal­leng­ing your lim­its. With that com­mit­ment you can cre­ate mean­ing­ful ex­pe­ri­ences, in­spire those around you, and en­joy each train­ing day. These are the rea­sons why your goals are im­por­tant and how you make them re­flect what you re­ally want to achieve.

Melanie Mc­quaid won Triathlon Canada’s Mul­tisport Ath­lete of the Year award after win­ning the ITU World Cross Triathlon Cham­pi­onships in Pen­tic­ton, B.C., last year.

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