For the first time, I don't feel obligated to anything.
I have never been more excited for the beginning of a year. For the last few years it has felt like I just have to get through a little bit more to finally be able to do whatever I want. Well, I've finished school, have no debt, and I'm finally able to create the life I want and I now have a direction I want to go with racing, coaching, and travel. There are so many things that I want to accomplish this year that this post is as much for me to write them down as it is to share them with you guys. This is my rough outline of goals, usually I like to plan goals being more specific with a SMART Goal type of outline, but in this case I just want to get down my rough plan.
My quote of the year
For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "if today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something... Almost everything-all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure-these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. - Steve Jobs, Stanford University commencement, 2005
Stay injury free to set myself up for a successful race season.
I'll do this by staying on top of my strength, foam rolling, yoga, and PT exercises without neglecting them when I'm feeling healthy. I have been caught a few times by a random injury out of nowhere that I feel could have been prevented had I stayed on top of my maintenence work.
Break 27 minutes in a 70.3 swim
I have dipped into the 27 minute mark now and I'm ready to take it another step. Swimming has been my achilles heel in triathlon since I began and if I can continue to get my time down, I am confident I can get to the level of racing I want to get to. I plan on filming myself a lot this season to really work on my form and continuing to swim with the groups in Bend for my fitness.
Run consistently under 1:20 in a 70.3
This is one I know I can do as I've done it a few times already. What I need to work on is making sure I come off the bike feeling strong and ready to crush the run. I know I can run down into 1:18 and maybe even 1:17 I've just needed more experience in running off the bike, and that takes time.
Move into a full time coaching position
My goal here is to be able to establish myself as a coach enough to do it full time by the end of this race season and be able to work remotely helping other athletes to achieve their goals. Some things are in the works on this and more info will come soon.
Backpack Southeast Asia
My last race will most likely be 70.3 World Champs in September and my plan is to leave soon after for potentially Europe first (hello more time in Spain and Portugal) and then make my way over to SE Asia for a few months.
This has been a big one for me for a while. I am going to start going to the language meetups in Bend while I'm here and practicing as much as I can. This leads me to my next goal of...
Move to a Spanish speaking country
I have always had the dream of moving abroad and after my trip to Europe, I know I need to make it happen. My goal right now is to use my trip to SE Asia as my off season, and then settle into a solid Spanish speaking spot for even just part of the year to train and learn Spanish. If you have suggestions of great places to train, let me know by contacting me or commenting below.
I have always wanted to get into meditation but I've never known where to start and have just never been able to make it happen. My goal here is to meditate first thing in the morning (along with my foam rolling routine) starting at just 10 minutes a day and seeing where I can go. I have read and heard so much on the benefits of meditating and I know it's something I will really enjoy and that will be really useful to me.
Eliminate all of the "stuff" in my life
Living out of a carry on backpack for 3 months made me realize how much crap I have that just weighs me down. There are so many things we think we need, but really don't need at all. In the famous words of Tyler Durden in Fight Club, "The things you own end up owning you." This is such a true statement that I never gave much thought to until recently. When we take out loans and buy things on credit, they now force us to work jobs we may not want to spend all of our time on to make the payments. That item now owns you. My goal this year is to save my money for experiences, not more things that I don't need.
A blog post a week
This one is really important to me. I want this blog to be a place that I can communicate with people and write down my thoughts and experiences. I really enjoy doing it, so it shouldn't be an issue to accomplish.
Read at least a book a month
I have a massively growing book list that I haven't even dented. The goal here is pretty simple, read at least one of them a month. Instead of staring at a screen before bed, I plan on reading to get this goal accomplished. I just finished...
There you have it...
That is my rough outline of goals so far for 2017. This list will surely expand as the year goes on, but as of now going into the year, I will be incredibly happy to accomplish these goals. What are your goals? What do you want to accomplish this year, whether it's triathlon related or life related? Let me know in the comments!
Happy New Year!
Jake is a triathlete and coach with a passion for travel and everything triathlon. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with others.
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