Setting SMART Goals (Podcast #31)

Setting SMART Goals (Podcast #31)

SMART Goal SettingPicture this:  It's the dead of winter, there's snow on the ground, freezing rain and wind in the air.  You're stuck inside on the trainer, doing intervals and skills.  Motivation is hard to come by at this time, and you're a little bit aimless in your training.  How do you break out of the slump?

You hunker down with a pen and paper (either virtual or physical) and start setting some goals, that's how.

I talked about planning your season in our last edition of the Tailwind Coaching Podcast, but I only glossed over one of the most important aspects: setting your goals.  To be frank, you can't even really plan your season without setting goals to build your season around, so you may have picked a few goals already.  But the question I have for you is….are they SMART goals?

In this edition of the Tailwind Coaching Podcast, I'll explain the concept of SMART goal setting, and cover the following:

  • How many goals are appropriate to set for a season
  • The SMART paradigm of goal setting and what each letter stands for
  • The difference between goals and objectives

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About the Author:

After graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science/Pharmacology, I continued my education with a doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College. As I progressed through my education, I was able to apply the concepts I learned in the lab to my own daily workouts and goals. At the time, I was following some of the principles of traditional coaching and getting mediocre results. Frustrated, I realized that if I could apply all my physiology, chemistry, nutrition and training knowledge, I could “build a better mousetrap” not just for my own training, but for other athletes. With this goal in mind, I started Tailwind Coaching, to help cyclists [with busy lives and limited training time] become stronger, faster, fitter and healthier. And while I may not be a ex-ProTour rider, an Olympic Coach or even a prolific race winner, I am something that most coaches are not: a regular guy just like you who has a job, a family and a desire to be a stronger cyclist.