End of June already?! Seems like the perfect time to do a check in those goals I made way back at the beginning of the year. My goals stemmed from my word of the year: Focus. Specifically, I wanted to focus on improving my times in the sprint distance triathlon races. Let’s take a look at how that’s going so far with my Half Yearly Goals Check In.
Half Yearly Goals Check In
In years past, I really had a hard time resisting the urge to sign up for “all the races”. I get serious FOMO and I want to do everything that all of my friends are doing. This year I was determined to focus on my big goal: improving my sprint triathlon time and not signing up for races that did not help me work towards this goal. Grade: A
I have spent the last 6 months solely focusing on swimming, biking and running shorter distances. So how is that working out for me? My 2x a week swimming, 3 times a week biking and 2-3 times a week running have paid off. I improved both my swim and bike time significantly on my first tri, run time stayed about the same. Finished with an 8 minute PR for my sprint distance races.
My second tri race, on a more challenging bike and run course was, well more challenging. I had my best swim time and bike time on that course. I had one of my worst run times. It’s pretty clear as to why this happened. I’ve spent a lot more of focus on swimming and biking and less on running. I wanted to work on my weaknesses.
Swimming– I have made a ton of progress on my swim times and hit all of my planned workouts. I have grown to enjoy swimming so much more and look forward to those workouts. I still have way more room to improve my technique. I am giving myself a Grade of B+
Biking-I have completely stepped out of my comfort zone on the bike. Joining in on a pretty tough group ride a number of times has helped to dramatically improve my confidence and skill on the bike. Again giving myself a B+ I know I can still do better on the bike.
Running-My running performance has suffered the past few months. Running fewer days and doing shorter runs was my plan to keep off the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitus. The PF is feeling better however my run times are much slower. Although I stuck to my plan, I am giving myself a C+ for running. Hello fall goals!
Strength training-I have kept up my strength training 2x week with my trainer and brought more focus to those workouts as well. Grade A- (always room for improvement).
So that’s my progress report for the first half of the year. With one more sprint tri on my calendar, I will stick to my current plan through July then make some changes.
Program note: don’t miss the July Ultimate Coffee Date this Saturday.