Goals....Do You Have Any?

This morning while waiting for the start of the Marathon Makeover six mile run I received a text message fro Coach C.  The message was simple and just said 'have a good ride today.' That led to an email exchange between the two of us regarding her unbelievable effort at 70.3 Galveston and the rest of my race season in 2011.  After a few back and forth text messages we have decided that the CapTexTri Olympic at the end of May, the 70.3 Austin at the end of October and the Rock N Roll Las Vegas in December are the big races for the rest of the year and what we will focus our training on. After we decided on these races I went in for the kill.  I told her I wanted to crush 2:53, 5:42 and qualify for Boston and was this possible.  I knew the 2:53 was a given, but what about qualifying for Boston after racing a 70.3 on October 23rd?  The RnR is on December 4th.  That gives me a total of 5 weeks between the two races.  Her response was yes, YOU can do it. I know that the triathlons are going to be a little harder than just showing up and beating the times.  The reason that they will be difficult is not just because it would be setting a PR in two triathlons but they will be raced in Austin.  Austin has a series of some tough hills to work through thus making it harder to just show up and beat times.  With this in mind I have made the decision that easy rides and runs are no longer going to be 'easy.'  I am going to push myself harder in this training session than I did in training for 70.3 Ironman California. I have my base built.  I know what it takes to race those distances.  I know the effort during training that it took to reach those milestones and I know that I will need to work harder to get there.  I also know that I have team of Angels and Ninjas to help me by motivating me, inspiring me or just providing me with insight into training and racing. The funny thing about these goals is that they will keep getting faster after each and every race.  After thinking about beating 5:42 in Austin, I started thinking about how fast I will be able to go at 70.3 Puerto Rico in March 2012.  From there how fast can I go at my first 140.6?  What is even realistic for a first 140.6?  I have not clue about 140.6 but this is how my mind works.  You can always do better is my thought process, no matter what the topic.  If I sell a silver package for our company, I think I need to sell platinum next.  Skip right over our Gold package and straight to the platinum.  Why not?  Life is too short to just accept it for what it is. Recovery is officially over and training has started.  Yesterday at the hotel in Kansas City I was scheduled for a 60 minute run with 3x10 min at LT.  I got on the treadmill and set it to 7.0 for my warm up.  After 10 minutes I pushed the pace to 8.5 and held for 3 minutes, then 8.7 for 2 minutes then 9.0 for 5 minutes.  Recovery for 3 minutes then back to 8.7 for 3 minutes, 9.0 for 2 minutes and 9.5 for 5 minutes.  3 minute recovery and then 9.0 for 3 minutes, 9.5 for 2 minutes and 9.9 for 5 minutes.  I then cooled down when in came another runner.  I immediately thought to myself this guy thinks I am just lollygagging and wanted to go back up to 9.9 to show him I wasn't.  Who was I racing and why?  I don't know but I am putting my mind into getting faster and competition bring out my best. The switch has been flipped to on and it won't come off until I cross three finish lines with goals surpassed.  At that point we will re-evaluate and set some new goals.  

What are your goals for 2011?  How do you decide what races you are going for a PR?  Do you train differently for your 'A' race versus others?

Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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