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  • Writer's pictureRon Saetermoe

Missing Your Goals

Do you have goals for your triathlon endeavors? I do. And while I’m more about the pursuit of my goals these days than reaching the goals themselves, I do get disappointed when I don’t hit them.


First, we have to realize this is a normal human reaction and cut ourselves some slack. You’re disappointed; it’s okay.


For example, even though I won my age group in my Cap Cana 70.3 I was disappointed with my performance on the swim and run. And while I didn’t have any specific performance goals I felt like I should have done better.


The real issue is: what are you going to do now? There are certainly plenty of ways you can go when you’re disappointed (since I was staying at the Margaritaville Resort, alcohol came to mind) but a positive direction is probably best.


I remember going to the Ironman World Championships in Kona in 2007 as a volunteer. After the race I sat with the winner that year in the M 50 – 54 age-group, Joe Bonness (an age-group legend) and his wife.

Now, he had just won his age-group the day before and he was going on about all the things that went wrong with his race. Weird that he’d be upset with his race after crushing the competition. I get it though.


Perhaps the healthiest thing to do is learn from the experience. What can I do better next time? Failure does that doesn’t it? It gives us direction.


I’m looking forward to my next disappointment. How about you?


See you at the races!


Cheers!


Coach Ron Saetermoe



 

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