How to Set Training and Performance Goals

The offseason is the perfect time to assess our previous season, set goals and strategies for the coming season, and incorporate those into our training plans.

Fast Talk Podcast Goal Setting

The off-season can be one of the most productive times of the year: It offers the opportunity to reflect on last season—to assess what went well and what could be improved—and then to look forward, and strategize about how to progress, both in your training and racing. 

In this episode of Fast Talk, we focus on the art and science of setting goals and incorporating them into your training. 

Coach Connor begins with a discussion of how to determine your goals, first by performing a season assessment, which feeds his gap analysis, which in turn informs a goal-setting strategy.  

Coach Ryan Kohler joins us for the second half of the show to describe his SMART analysis—that’s S for Specific, M for Measurable, A for Achievable, R for Realistic, and T for Time-bound—before explaining his method for incorporating that information into macrocycles and then into mesocycles. 

The offseason isn’t just about sitting back and relaxing, although you should do a bit of that too. This time of year is perfect for putting in some homework, being honest with yourself about where you’ve been and where you want to go, so that the coming season can be as successful as possible. 

And with that, let’s make you fast! 

Figure 1. This is an example of how Coach Kohler might break down mesocycles into three training blocks, each containing targets, intentions, and outcomes.

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