I've been working with Jeff Lockwood (Elite Cycling Coach and owner of Lifesport Inc.) for a number of years. Each year, Coach Lockwood asks his clients to complete a goal setting document for the upcoming year. I haven't posted this document in the past, but I want a more readily available version so I refer to it easily so I'm posting a slightly modified copy here.
Evaluation and Goal Setting 2007-2008
· Evaluate your overall performance from this past season; to include training program, physical, psychological development, pre-existing goals and actual accomplishments.
Write out your
goals for next year.
To assist you in the effort, please read the following
2008 Long Term Goal(s):
1. Complete an international ultra-endurance event or tour
2. Compete solo in the Furnace Creek 508
3. Complete the American Randonneur Challenge (two 1200k’s in one year)
2008 Intermediate Goals:
1. Complete the
North American based 1200k events (Cascade 1200, Colorado Last Chance,
Boston Montreal Boston, Gold Rush,
2. Get a Platinum time of 7:45 at the Cochise 157 mile event
3. Complete the
2008 Short Term Goals:
1. Re-establish a consistent training and set day to day training goals. This will involve creating a new routine that has minimal bicycle commute to work time.
2. Progressively work my way up to doing the Mulholland Double on April 12th. This will include building up base miles with a goal to complete Mine Country Challenge in March and potentially the Solvang Century in late March.
3. Ultimately, my main goal for 2008 is to complete three California double centuries to earn the California Triple Crown (not necessarily the stage race). Targeted double centuries are the Mulholland Double (April 12th), Central Coast Double (May 10th) and the Terrible Two (June 21st). These three events compose the California Triple Crown Stage Race. If I am unable to complete one of these events, I’ll identify an alternate double.
Now take into consideration what must be accomplished in order to reach each of the above stated goals. Remember that in order to reach each goal (short, intermediate, and long term) that you must set quantifiable accomplishments you wish to attain. The tasks needed to accomplish your goals are categorized into physical/conditioning, skills, and racing/psychological areas. Be as specific as possible in terms of what you will seek to do in order to accomplish your goals (e.g. test spin scan once a month).
2. Improve warm-up period and self awareness of effort. I still tend to start rides too hard. Prior to starting an event I intend to define a time for riding at zone 1/2 and will monitor my effort.
3. Arrive at events with sufficient time that I don’t feel rushed and can include a good warm up period. I’ve been bad about arriving shortly before an event. I think mentally this contributes to an unconcious reaction to start faster than I should.
2. Join the local distance oriented clubs to find people to carpool to events with and to ride events with.
3. Be more flexible with my schedule this year to accommodate a more flexible training schedule. This includes changing my weekend “off” days as necessary to accommodate family and cycling priorities (Saturday will no longer be a fixed day off, but typically one day during the weekend will be an off day).
I agree to the above performance goals and will do everything possible within the boundaries of fair and honest play in order to reach these performance goals.
Please keep a
copy of this goal setting agreement so that you can refer to it. It is
recommended that you place a copy in a readily available area so that
you can consult your goals frequently. These goals are meant as a means
to aid in your continued development as an athlete.
- Ronald Reagan
Copyright © 2005 by
Mike Enfield. All rights
Revised: 04/06/09 11:29:46 -0700.