I really like to have some kind of overarching theme for my year that helps to fuel my athletic pursuits. Last year my number one goal was to make Ironman Boulder my best day possible. On the days when I didn’t want to go to the pool or the times when I was struggling through a workout this was my reminder to myself. With Boulder and the Goofy Challenge complete what do I hope to get out of 2015?
I have a tendency to pull back and not trust myself at times. I worry that I’m not strong enough, not fast enough, or not fit enough to push through when things start to feel tough. This year I want to stretch myself…to learn to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
A few weeks ago I saw that there were spaces available in a spring spin class at Tri It. I have a couple of friends that have taken this class over the winter and I think they are pretty tough, strong athletes. They commented on how difficult this spin class was. I e-mailed the instructor to ask a few questions, then I sat on the “yes, please sign me up!” e-mail for a good half an hour. I was so scared of committing to this spin class!
Finally I realized that if I was going to see progress I needed to push outside of my comfort zone. I signed up for spin class and I tested my power zones on the bike so I can stay honest and work hard!
What are my goals for April that will help me on this path?
- Strength training and ballet barre three times per week. I believe that keeping up strength training will help me get stronger and faster.
- Core work three times per week. I’ve been slacking on doing core work on my own but I know this is so important!
- After the Training Peaks webinar on building mental toughness come up with goals and a game plan for how I can develop my own mental strength.