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Tri Talk Tuesday: Goal Setting

Triathlon Goals for 2015

Tri Talk Tuesday Triathlon Link-Up

Tri Talk Tuesday Triathlon Link-Up

I’ve decided it’s time to join some link up fun each week (let’s see if I can make this happen) for Tri-Talk Tuesday with bloggers Cynthia, Courtney, and Phaedra. Today’s topic is resolution and goal setting. This is a perfect topic for this week since we are at the start of the New Year and just yesterday I was discussing Goal Setting. I am still a tri newbie.  The total number of triathlons that I have raced is one, one Olympic Distance Triathlon (Lobsterman Tri) and I absolutely loved it. Now that I am hooked I have decided that this will be the summer of Triathlon (but don’t worry, there will still be a lot of running too!). I have picked (at least) 4 triathlons that I would like to race this summer and that includes my first Half Ironman, the Timberman 70.3.  I chose the Timberman 70.3 because I have heard great things about this race and also it is somewhat local to me being held on Lake Winnepesaukee in New Hampshire. With my focus on triathlon, I need to establish some training and racing goals for myself so that I can stay on track and have fun while I am training and racing.

Organic Runner Mom Triathlon Goal Setting

Triathlon Goal Setting

Triathlon Training Goals

The swim:

  1. Become more proficient at bilateral breathing (breathing on both sides).
  2. Find a comfortable stroke/breath ratio.
  3. Become more consistent with power through the full freestyle stroke.
  4. Improve my overall kicking strength.
  5. Keep my head down in open water swims.
  6. Train more in open water once the water is warm enough to not turn into a popsicle!

The Bike:

  1. To become comfortable riding with my new tri bar set-up.
  2. To increase training ride distance (the Ironman 70.3 features a 56 mile bike ride!).
  3. Work on hill climbing technique.
  4. To fully utilize the pedal upstroke to maximize full pedaling power.

The Run:

  1. I need to improve transition time between the bike and the run.
  2. To practice fueling for the run.
  3. Training will include lots of speed work. Since the run is the strongest part of my triathlon I want to rock the run with negative splits.

It’s going to be one hell of a training adventure! I am so excited to embark on this Ironman 70.3 journey! Thanks for stopping by for Tri Talk Tuesday!

Have you ever raced a triathlon? What are your triathlon training goals? If you haven’t raced a triathlon what is your big goal race this year?

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15 responses

15 responses

  1. These are great goals! Do you swim with a masters program or group? This is my best advice for the swim. As far as the half iron distance goal definitely practice fueling! Every big weekend should be a fueling practice including what you eat before doing anything and fluid leading up to it. All SO crucial for the longer race. Enjoy! It will be a fun year (:
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  2. Don’t forget brick workouts!

    I’m totally guilty of not putting my head down in open water. At least in races, I’m fine when I’m practice swimming. It takes me like half the swim to get comfortable and get my heart down enough for me to put my head all the way down. Definitely on my to work on list too.
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  3. those are great goals! bilateral breathing is so hard for me, but i know it’s great form. My husband says so, haha! and love timberman!

  4. I’ve only done a couple of indoor triathlons. Short distance. I absolutely love the sport and hope to take it outside in the next couple of years once I can afford to drop some cash on a bike.

    Love your goals for this year!
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  5. I’m so excited that we’re both training for our first 70.3 this summer! I’ve done 6 Sprint tri’s and an Olympic distance. BTW -Phaedra is awesome! I was lucky enough to meet up with her for a glass of wine after the IronGirl triathlon this past summer, and also sat next to her at a blogger dinner in May 2013. She has some amazing triathlon training tips to share.
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  6. GOOD LUCK for your half ironman! I’m considering doing my first at the end of this year but am mainly focusing on improving my olympic distance time. I’ve done one super sprint, two sprints and one olympic distance.

    Your goals are great and once I start triathlon training I think I will be concentrating on a lot of the same things as you. Currently 9 weeks out from my first marathon so that’s the main thing now!
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  7. I am training for my 123rd triathlon…this last year I did Escape from Alcatraz and swam heads up the whole way because of the chop and crowded conditions. I ended up on the podium and was so happy! Bilateral breathing is overrated as is swimming with your head down in open water. You want to perfect the “lifeguard” stroke where you get comfortable swimming WITH your head up for a ways until you get comfortable and away from others. My dream race is Kona. Going for it in 2016-it will be my 3rd IM and I want it to COUNT>

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