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No matter how much you did or didn’t accomplish last year, the New Year represents a new start.  Detailing your goals, plans, competitions and other races on paper (computer) is the first step to a great new year. Visualize yourself as an athlete. Seriously. You don’t have to be a world-class athlete, an elite athlete or even a very good athlete.  But see yourself an athlete.  Good, now that you’re an athlete you’re ready to map out a winning season.  That’s exactly right. View this as a new season rather than just a new year. All seasons start with goals.

Most athletes categorize their goals into tiers, A goals, B goals and C goals. A goal can be many different things – losing 10 pounds, finishing a 5k, fitting into your “skinny jeans,” adding 50 watts to your LT threshold power.  First, get a bunch of goals.  If you’re new I’d suggest 10-12.  That’s a decent number to start with. Next organize them into A, B and C categories with C goals those that are most easily obtainable.  An example could be to lose five pounds. With just a little effort and the slightest bit of discipline anyone can lose that much. B goals are loftier. B goals should be things obtainable but only with commitment. To obtain a B goal you need to ensure anywhere from two to four months of real consistency, be it diet or training or both. Examples of B goals are a much more definitive change in body composition, maybe going from 20 percent body fat to 12 for a male.  Finishing a marathon or 1/2 marathon, a Tough Mudder or not missing a workout all summer might be good B goals.  They can vary dramatically but you get the idea; these aren’t so easy to obtain.

Goals at the A level are ambitious.  Not unobtainable, but ambitious. An A goal is basically your “best case” scenario. A goals are possible to achieve but not guaranteed. An example of an A goal would be qualifying for the Boston Marathon for your age group after completing your first marathon. This isn’t easy, it isn’t even likely, but it’s sure as hell possible with enough commitment and work. Once you’ve got your 10-12 goals organized into A,B and C rankings you need to organize your team. Remember you’re an athlete now, and athletes work in teams. The size of your team will depend on your finances. But no matter what you can spend on achieving your goals you can put together a team. Members can be personal trainers, dieticians, team mates, running partners, massage therapists, training partners, doctors, friends, online correspondents, whoever can help ensure you’re consistent.
So, now you have your goals and your training team, the last thing to do is put together the training plan that will help you achieve your goals. Just working out is good but if you want your season to end with A and B goals achieved you need a plan that is thought-out, specific and organized into phases or periodized. This is often the limiting step.  You’ve got everything in place for your season but the instructions. Members of your team can become instrumental.

Experienced personal trainers, coaches and fellow competitors can all help with this, but you have to ensure it is perfectly personalized, dynamic and flexible. Sickness, work, injuries and motivation can all challenge your schedule so your plan needs to be malleable.  You have all of December to work on your goals, plans and a program that will give you results in the new season. Keep in mind you are an athlete and that preparing to train is every bit as important to your success as the actual training. Scores in the district of columbia ranked among the lowest three in the nation in both grades and subjects, but also saw the biggest improvements, with a 23-point increase across professional essay writer for college students the four tests

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