2015 Goals and the 70.3 St George, Utah, Triathlon – Part 1

“Begin Again and Again” -Steve Ilg

Happy New Year!

What does that mean to you? For me it provides another great opportunity to begin again. I’ve been thinking about where I’m going to start. First, I’ll breakdown it down into categories, in no particular order.

  • Fitness
  • Professional Development
  • Financial
  • Relationships
  • Spiritual Development
  • Personal Development

I’ll keep this post focused on Fitness and my main race goal for 2015

2014 wasn’t a great racing year for me. I was dealing with a couple of minor but nagging injuries. I didn’t have strong feelings about any of the races on my calendar. I had a few good trips that required me to stay in good shape, a 7-day backpacking trip in Yellowstone and the French Riviera Marathon but no real time goals. And, for the first time in 14 years, I didn’t participate in a triathlon. Time to change things.

For 2015 I have already signed up for Ironman 70.3 St. George, Utah, on Saturday, May 2. This is going to be my main focus for the first half of this year. My goal for this race is to go sub 5:30:00. In order to do this lets go through some very basic goal setting structure.

  • Create Your Goal
  • Get Specific and Detailed
  • Make a Plan
  • Work Hard

I have to figure out what splits I will need for the swim, bike and run. The picture below is gives us an idea of what I need to shoot for based on previous race splits. A sub 5:30:00 will be a 70.3 PR (Personal Record) for me. I will have consider the difficulty of the course since St George is known as a difficult race.

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I have my goal and and the specific details to achieve it, now I have to create a plan.

Time to get to work. That’s a job for this week. I’ll update you next week.

Leave one of your goals in the comment section.

Train Focused,

Steve Mackel – Triathlon Coach

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