22 Sep

Cheers to a new year!

This past year just FLEW by! It seems like it was only yesterday that I was talking to Craig, my coach, about my reflections on the 2014 season and my goals for the 2015 season. Fast-forward 12 months, and here I am again, gearing up for a new year, new season and new opportunities. But before I talk about what’s to come let me briefly recap this past season.

The last time I wrote, I was on my way to Europe for a mini circuit. I had 4 meets in 3 different countries. Although things looked promising after my first race, they went progressively downhill from there. After my last meet, I texted a friend of mine to tell him how disappointed I was that the season had ended on such a bad note. I was sad, angry, upset and frustrated. Although I had accomplished so much in the past year, I still didn’t feel that it was good enough. I had not achieved the times I wanted to going into 2016. My friend basically told me to “suck it up” and “do something about it” (i.e. TOUGH LOVE). He said that not having achieved all the goals I had set for myself was not a problem and not a good reason to be angry. “It’s just part of the game,” he said.

Setting goals gives us something to work towards and keeps us motivated. They give meaning to the long hours of training that we put in day after day. But goals are not facts. Just because we set them doesn’t mean that we’re going to reach them within the timeframe we’ve established. If we always reach our goals, then they aren’t challenging enough. Goals are by definition ambitious. Falling short of our goals is what keeps us hungry.

Goals aside, this past season was great in many respects. There were several “firsts” and new experiences that will enable me take the next step in my career.

Going into the Olympic year, not much will change. Because I’m stronger, fitter and can withstand more training, the load and volume will increase. But the work ethic, determination and dedication will remain the same. So the plan for this year is the same as always: keep building on the foundation my coach and I have laid, keep improving my times, keep making progress and keep enjoying what I do. The rest will take care of itself.

So cheers to a new year!