Reaching the Podium: how to get there in 3 steps

July 01, 2015

Got goals? 

Goals don’t have to be a scary thing, and to be honest, I don’t think goals are what scares most people.  What scares people is not reaching them.  Failing.  Coming up short…

You know the dream, where you wake up in class totally naked - not fun.  Or worse yet, you wake up in class totally naked and it’s finals week and you forgot to study...

I started with a goal earlier this year of reaching the podium (either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place) in the Men’s masters division of a Spartan Race event.  So I started training.  

I looked for help and advice from a professional trainer and athlete friends.  And I trained.  And trained.  Then trained some more… until it happened. 

So how did I do it?

I narrowed down my training to three steps, each one playing a crucial role, regardless of setbacks.  Until I crossed the finish line.  

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Try them out.  Comments and questions always welcome.  

1. Ask yourself, “What’s my GOAL?”  Knowing WHY you’re doing what you’re doing will keep you on track when the going inevitably gets, let's just say, interesting.

2. Break it down.  Not in the club, on paper ; )  Break down your GOAL into measurable steps.  In other words, I’m training 5 days a week.  On days 1,3 and 5 I’m going to work on strength and running and on days 2 and 4 and I’m going to run with a partner. 

That’s totally measurable!  Now just look at your schedule, make the time and DO IT!

Or if your goal happens to be more business or study oriented:
  1) Determine how much time you think you’ll need to accomplish (ask a mentor or two to determine this best)
  2) Identify 2-3 major objectives towards accomplishing your goal
  3) Pick a strategy for each objective that’s proven and works for you (again, reference a mentor or two for best advice and options available)

3. Implement and iterate.  Do what you’ve identified as your best route for accomplishing your goal and don’t stop.  Have a training partner to back you up and be ready to adapt when s—t happens.  

When it rains and you can’t train outdoors or your training buddy bails or your dog eats your homework or…

When bad things happen, take a break.  Review your options.  You may simply have to start that step over or reschedule it.  But you don’t stop.  That’s the KEY ; )


The 30-pound Portable Kettlebell was my weight of choice for warm-ups before running and during some of the runs.  Check it out here.   




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