7 Tips To Stay On Track And Meet Your Goals

Updated: Jan 10

Most of you probably set yourself up for success earlier this year by reflecting thoughtfully, writing down some big fitness and cycling goals, and completed the process by setting smaller process goals to help you get there.

Awesome! Even with the best of intentions and plans, it is possible to lose sight of your objectives. Don't let your big dreams get derailed; instead, use these tips.

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With all the plans and intentions you have, sometimes you can lose sight of your goals. Don't let your dreams get derailed, follow these tips to help you stay focused on what matters most: your training. The time you spend cycling is about so much more than just that ride.

If you're struggling to stick to a training plan for more than a few days, you may need to adjust. Make a list of chores that you hate and block them out so you can use the extra time to focus on training. Practice gratitude and reflect on your goals after each workout.

1. Discover And Remember Your Why/Rewards

Whether you're an elite or Olympic athlete or a busy mom who makes time each week to ride her bike, the time you spend pedaling is about much more than just that ride. That workout enables you to be present for your friends, family, children, and clients—it transforms you into a happier, healthier person capable of doing anything, whether it's climbing a mountain or delivering an outstanding presentation at work.

2. Be Serious About Your Training

Let's start by the language we use to refer to your weekly exercise goals for clarification on what they ACTUALLY are: training sessions. Using the term "training" rather than "exercise" or "workout" not only sounds more badass, but it also implies that you have a plan in place and are working toward a specific goal. It may encourage others to take your goals more seriously—or it may serve as a reminder to you to take your goals more seriously! (This is also why, if you have big cycling goals, a good place to start might be to find a training plan that includes workouts designed to help you reach those goals in the most efficient, effective way possible.)

3. Practice Positive Self-talk

Self-talk is more important than you might think! A training session may seem like a chore, but telling yourself that you get to ride for 90 minutes today can completely change your outlook on the situation. (For more information on the importance of self-talk and positive affirmations at any level of endurance training in multisport, see this blog post.)

4. Immediately Get In Motion

Getting yourself "ready" can be the most difficult part of a training session when it comes to cycling, triathlon and ultra running. If you want to make the process easier and quicker, start by looking at your current way of doing things. 

Do you have  a convenient place to charge all your electronics (watch, bike computer, lights, electronic shifting) and is it readily accessible to you? Do you keep your snacks, drink mix, water bottles, multi-tools, and pumps in a centralized location? How easy is it for you to get to your bibs and t-shirts?

Make getting on the bike as easy as possible to avoid getting stuck in prep mode right before your training session. Level Up Tip: Stuff your cycling shorts and bra in the back of cycling shirt or triathlon tank pockets so you can grab quickly to go change or head out the door.