Goal-setting can help you get the most out of your obstacle course training. Whether you’re thinking about signing up for your first obstacle course race (OCR) or an experienced racer, it’s worth it to take some time to set goals around your training.
The SMART goal-setting framework will enable you to set specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based goals. And a SMART goal that’s clearly defined is more likely to direct you toward success.
Here are a few suggestions on how to set SMART OCR goals:
As you go through the goal-setting process, make sure that your goals are specific. Sometimes people get into obstacle course racing because they want to “get fit.” But a goal of “getting fit” is too vague and subjective to lead to tangible results. Instead, you could set a specific goal of “completing your first Spartan race.”
Once you have a clearly defined goal, you’ll also want to make sure that you have a way to gauge your progress. A measurable goal gives you a way to see your progress over time. And without a way to measure your progress, you won’t ever know when you’ve achieved your goal.
While goals should challenge you in some way, they should still be realistic. If you set a goal that’s not attainable, it could end up leading to feelings of disappointment and frustration. Challenge yourself to try something new or improve your skills, but keep your personal limits in mind.
In addition to being attainable, your goals should also be relevant to you and your daily life. When a goal is relevant, you’re more likely to be excited to pursue it. Be wary of setting goals that sound good or seem like things you’d want to work toward. Stick to goals that you’re genuinely excited to work toward.
The final SMART goal element is time. Without a deadline, it can be easy to push your goals further and further into the future. But by setting a time-based goal, you have a set deadline or timeframe to work within.
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