As athletes, we often create goals that we want to accomplish each season. For many, these goals may often seem like a “Big Hairy Audacious Goal.” Something that creates excitement, motivation, a desire to put in the time and sometimes even a bit of fear. This is a great thing as it will take a lot to get you out of bed in the morning, focus on nutrient intake, get quality sleep and sacrifice where it is needed.
Once your goals are selected and you have made sure that they are SMART. It is time to focus on the often forgotten secondary goal making process that helps you define how you are going to get there. These secondary goals are also known as process goals.
A process goal is something that is in your control and is a methods or step to help achieve your final goal. Here are several examples of the primary goal and then the process goals to help as stepping stones of success:
Primary Goal: Improve power at threshold (FTP) from 200 to 220 Watts this season
- Increase riding by one day per week. Totaling 4 days/week
- Improve training effectiveness by adding interval training
- Have a FTP of 212W by July 1st.
Primary Goal: Improve body composition to 12% body fat.
- Increase aerobic activity to burn an additional 500 calories/week
- Add two 30 minute strength workouts weekly
- Eat 3 servings of fruits and vegetables daily
- No snacking after 8pm
Are you struggling to narrow down your goals? Contact us today and we will help you with your goal selection as well as the steps that will help you accomplish them.