If you’ve done The Sufferfest Mental Training Program, you know that goal setting is the foundation of mental toughness and having a clear plan of action is essential to any undertaking. After all, you have to know where you want to go in order to know how you’re going to get there.
When setting a goal, you should consider the following:
- Whether or not you can control the outcome (for the most part…excluding things like mechanicals or bad weather conditions). For example, setting a time goal is more effective than a position goal like winning your age group because you can’t control who your competitors will be, what they do on event day or how outside factors play into the results.
- Is it specific and measurable? What is the time or distance that you’re trying to achieve?
- What is your timeline? When do you want to accomplish it?
- Is it realistic? What will it take to accomplish it?
- What is the significance of this goal? Why did you choose it, why is it personally important to you?
- What motivates you to work for this success?
Keep in mind that you can’t directly control the accomplishment of the goal, it’s the end result of other things you have to do, which is where the next two types of goals come into play:
Performance Goals- What benchmarks do I need to achieve along the way in order to set me up well to achieve the outcome goal?
Process Goals- What actions and behaviors do I need to perform daily in order to keep me focused and on track to be successful long term?
So now define your outcome goal.
What is your main target or what do you want to accomplish?
- For example, to finish the “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride” (Around Lake Tahoe in CA & NV) under five hours.
Define your performance goals.
For the example above, related behavior goals would be:
- Commit to a training plan that is appropriate for your event, such as The Sufferfest’s Hilly Gran Fondo plan.
- To be able to climb 1,000ft per hour of riding
Define your process goals:
- Keep a training log
- Refuel and recover to the best of your ability after each training session
- Focus on quality nutrition and sufficient sleep each day in order to have the most successful training sessions
This process works for personal goals and challenges as well, such as the Everesting Challenge, Knighthood, or a well-known local bike loop or mountain bike trail that you’ve never done. Whatever it may be, use these steps to define your goals, write them down, and share them with others. These actions will motivate you to stay on track and forge ahead throughout your journey when obstacles arise. What are your goals for the remainder of this year? Please leave a comment and let us know!