In the past, I have set tangible goals for a season, usually all relative to scores. For example: First 35 of the season by June 15; or, [email protected]
in Regionals. I find that goals like this are often unattainable for various reasons, many of which are beyond my control. So, for example, if I am running [email protected]
regularly in practice by Regionals (which is never the case), if I fail to run [email protected]
in Regionals because it is raining or because I am injured, I have failed to make that goal. Or as actually happened this past year, not only did I not run [email protected]
in Regionals (I think I had [email protected]
), I think one or two at 38 won it. In other words, not only did I not reach the goal I set for myself, none of my competitors did either. I understand the advantages of setting a good, great and awesome goal levels, but there should be some positive reinforcement of achieving some of the goals, and in slalom, at least the way I have been doing it, attaining a goal becomes just a random act, serendipity if you will.
Among the goal setters on this Forum, is there a consensus about how to define and set goals? Is it better to set a goal in terms of sets skied, for example, rather than in scores achieved? What goals do you set and how is a goal defined relative to how you realistically expect to ski over a season. For example, if your PB is [email protected]
and hasn't improved for three years, do you set a goal to run four? Three again? [email protected]
? Not blow your start at Nationals? Is there a better time to set goals than now, a good two or three months away from the season, and should goals be revisited or adjusted mid season?
As I am at the goal setting time of year again, I am interested in the thoughts of the serious competitors among us. Thanks!
John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly