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  • Writer's pictureRon Saetermoe

Setting Lofty Goals

Setting really high goals for yourself is scary. So many unknowns lie between today and the accomplishment of that goal.

So, should you NOT set lofty goals? I don’t think so, but you’ve also got to be willing to do what it takes to get yourself there and nothing other than complete commitment and perseverance will do it.

I once had a lofty goal of qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. I was lucky because it only took me two years to reach that goal.

While I say I was lucky (and I was, because I caught a roll-down slot) I also worked my butt off to have the kind of performance that would get me there.

Today, I have a new goal: to WIN the Ironman World Championship (in my age-group, of course – I’m not crazy). Again, that is a very lofty goal particularly because I know most of the top guys in my age group and there are some formidable guys still racing.

Will I get there? Who knows, but I’m going to do everything in my control to do that. And that means showing up for every workout and trying to nail them (whatever the objective is). That means I’m going to have to make sacrifices in other areas such as diet (a hard one for me) and social interactions (also hard).

Will it be worth it? I think so, even if I don’t make it. There are just so many things that can take you off your ideal path so you’re going to have to take detours at times, but that just makes the journey more interesting, doesn’t it?

Follow my journey to the 2025 Ironman World Championships at and if you’re interested in working with a 5X Ironman World Championship qualifying coach, look me up.

See you at the races!


Coach Ron Saetermoe


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