At the start of every #mastersswimming season I set goals for myself. I follow the SMART goal setting method (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound). I focus on what steps I need to take to reach the goals. However, some seasons I end up short of my #goals. When this happens, I take time to evaluate my prior season to determine if I failed to put in the work? Did something specific happen during the race to cause the failure? Was the goal too lofty? Did something happen in my life that derailed my race season? After, I've personally evaluated what happened, I sit down with my #swim coach to go over to see if there were other factors I may have missed.
I think it is really good to challenge yourself each season with goals that are a little scary! Having these goals in mind during the season will help you make it to workouts, put in harder work during the pool or dryland training sessions, and to help you think long term! If you are going to be racing at #MastersNationals, it is a good idea to have at least 2 meets to fine tune your pacing, starts and turns!