For many, this time of the year can be exhilarating. A new year can bring new motivation, goals, ambitions, new you, etc. Have we all heard it before it, right? While this is great and is better than being not motivated to make a change, I’ve seen over the years a real trend of people confusing ambition and ability with time and practical application. 

No matter how motivated you feel right now, your training plan after 1,2,3,6 month shouldn’t feel like it’s becoming a burden on your life. If anything, your training plan should allow you to feel like it complements your lifestyle. Many struggle to find the correct balance. They add unnecessary stress to their lives, which can cause problems at home with loved ones or result in picking up injuries.

This can be a downside to using a pull off the shelf plan or writing your own training plans. It can be very difficult to be realistic and sensible about the time we think we have available vs. what we do have available. That’s why people who are serious about improving invest in getting a coach. Our jobs go way beyond the anatomy and physiology of your chosen sport! Gaining an outside perspective can be invaluable when setting and achieving a goal. The perspective will help you with the why, how we are going to do this, and when we will do this. 

Of course, there may be blocks within your training that will require a little bit more time and sacrifice than others, where your lifestyle will need to change slightly for set periods. But good coaches can guide you with this, and supportive families and partners will understand as long as it isn’t all year long!

So here are my four biggest tips heading into 2022 to make this your best year in endurance sports SO FAR!

 1. Decide now what event/events you’d like to do in 2022 and your commitment to them. Of course, with support from home (if needed)

2. Give yourself appropriate time to get ready for them and be realistic with your ambitions. For example: off the back of no training for several months, a 70.3 in 6-8 weeks isn’t an appropriate amount of time to get ready, and neither is aiming for a PB with that timeframe!

3. Get a coach if you haven’t already. While many of your think this is easy for me to say because I’m a coach, that isn’t why I’m saying it! Outside perspective is invaluable. This is why many of the InnerFight coaches have coaches, including me!

4. Plan time with loved ones. Whether this is during preparation for events, or following events, make time for them and for you to get away from the sport. We need time off and so do loved ones from it. You’ll be thankful you did.

I would love to hear your thoughts if you've found this helpful. If you need any help, please reach out to our InnerFight coaches or me!

Let’s make 2022 your best year so far!

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