As the triathlon season draws to a close it is time to start thinking about our goals for the Winter.  Helen is much more of an expert than me on goals and you may have seen her article on goal setting in Outdoor Swimmer.  For me this provides a good framework in terms of outcome goals, performance goals and process goals.

  • Outcome goals are exciting! These represent a goal which is motivating but is not necessarily in your control, for
    example doing a personal best time in a 5km race or taking 20 minutes off your Ironman time.
  • Performance goals monitor if you are on track. This is where you set small challenges for improvement, for
    example doing an extra swimming session each week or aiming to reduce your 400m time trial time by 10s.
  • Process goals are most directly in your control, these are steps that you can do on a daily basis in order to help you achieve goals, for example choosing a specific technical element, such as your high-elbow pull underwater, to work on each time you go training.

 

So what are your outcome, performance and process goals?  It might take some time to think them through.  I would encourage you to do this over the next few weeks before we start Winter training, since having clear performance and process goals will give you a great focus, as well as providing the psychological benefits Helen talks about in her article.

In the session this week we will be doing the Jess Learmonth session of 100s and 50s interspersed with kick.  We haven’t done a session like this for a while so enjoy the challenge!

See you Saturday,

Rob

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