Starting with ‘Why.’ Goal setting for your Triathlon Training Plan
Today I am very excited to be presenting a guest post for you by an inspirational triathlete and female company owner, Melanie Mitchell from Poppy Sports. I hope you enjoy her post about choosing your why!
Bio–Melanie Mitchell is the founder of PoppySports.com and PoppySportsTraining.com as well as mother, Sherpa, triathlete and juggler of time. She actively supports women entrepreneurs and aims to empower more girls into the sport of triathlon while rocking her own ‘why’ in her chosen race distance of Ironman 70.3.
What’s Your Why?
Have you ever listened to the TED talk Simon Sinek’s ‘Start with Why’? (To Sinek’s talk click HERE ). He explains how great leaders inspire action. It has become synonymous with great talks on motivation, drive and inspiration.
Sinek showcases what it means to motivate people, not by force or obligation, but by making sure you know your ‘why’ or your reason for doing something. That, he says, is the success factor of major thought leaders like Apple and Martin Luther King Junior
The Concept of ‘Why’
This concept can be applied in many aspects of life and business. Starting with the ‘what is your why’ question has been one of the fundamental starting points of our half Ironman training plan at Poppy Sports (click here to see a Poppy Sports Half Ironman training plan).
We mentor women athletes through a stretch goal. It might be a new distance, a new race goal and we (and I count myself in here!) have all benefitted from going through the process of gaining clarity and understanding why they have set a specific triathlon goal – the real why.
Newbies and seasoned athletes alike, the answers we see never cease to amaze.
How to Find Your Why
Through carefully crafted questions in a self-assessment workbook, we ask each athlete to take the time to commit. We ask each person to consider what is their true motivation in life, career and sport and the answers are always revealing.
What might start out as a simple, ‘Well, I want to get fit again’, or, ‘I was tired of just running,’ can turn into, ‘I was overwhelmed by the early years of motherhood and I want to find out who I am again.’ And ‘I want to prove to someone that I can do this when they told me I couldn’t.’
We all know that triathlon training and racing is an endurance event and not a sprint (despite a race distance called just that). Keeping focused on a 16 week triathlon-training plan requires time management, internal motivation and commitment.
If you understand the real reason for your journey to the start line, the chances of reaching race day increase exponentially.
Your ‘Why’ Statement
After these carefully crafted questions, we finally ask each athlete to complete their ‘why’ statement
The reason I want ___________________ an Ironman 70.3 is ______________________so I can _________________and _______________________________
Then we start to get really fancy.
From there we create vision boards supporting the statement that are framed and mounted somewhere to be seen every day!
The response in our own lives and those we mentor has been remarkable! A simple process and a reminder on the wall, is an amazing motivator, reminder, and inspiration.
Here’s an example of my vision board – conjured up on a great free resource called Canva. It’s personal to me and every time doubts start, I take the time to sit down and contemplate the board.
So we challenge you dear reader, to start with your own ‘why’. It doesn’t matter if you are a newbie into triathlon or a seasoned veteran, anyone can benefit from a little introspection before embarking on a journey, whether sport or otherwise.
We’d love to know them all! Share with us below what is your triathlon/running/cycling/ ‘why’.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s post from Melanie at Poppy Sports.
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