As a great follow up to my last post about NOT completing goals and workouts, I opened up my Strava account to find this waiting for me:
Yay, me! I knew I was close to making the year’s mileage goal – but I hadn’t realized that I’d already met it. And with another month or so of riding in 2016. 🙂
As I look at this very simple graph, I realized something: we often set goals that are within our reference point. (Last January, I thought 1,000 was great.) Ok, so that sentence didn’t come out as smooth as I would like it – I see it as a factor of: we don’t always know how awesome we can be, because we see any improvement as great. We’re the ones that hold ourselves back.
See, I thought that 2,000 miles in a year was awesome. But looking at this today, sure, I could have set the goal at 2,500 and likely accomplished it. 3,000 would have been a push – and I would have just had to pile on more miles earlier in the year (and possibly not have 2 surgeries back to back).
I’ll accept this baby step and insight into my goal setting, because often I can accomplish more than I think I can – I just have to trust myself.
Now… what to choose as my 2017 mileage goal?….