Goals, we all have them. No matter how big or small they might be we all work towards them. But do you have a execution plan to reach your goals? Are you taking all the right steps in your workouts and your diet to reach the little goals. Achieving milestones in your training will eventually help you reach your bigger goals. Often times we have these big goals but don’t really have a road map to follow how to get there. We get lost in so many workouts that we forget to focus on the target areas and take a few to many cheat days and throw off our nutrition.
When I first started my fitness journey my big goal was to become a better/faster cyclist. My first milestone was to shed weight. I followed a simple formula, eat less calories than I burned. So I did double cardio every day and stuck to salads, turkey sandwiches and fruits. There is a huge problem with that plan, I was not building strength so my weight lifting numbers were pathetic. Sure I was lighter but how can my legs push my body weight on the bike with no strength, I had no balance in this plan. To test myself I would ride to the beach and back home witch is about 27 miles and it would take me a little over 2 hours to complete.
I made changes to my fitness plan by introducing lifting into the equation. I wanted to strengthen my legs to be faster on the bike, simple enough right? I started squatting in every variation. Single leg squats, front and back squats, everything to make my numbers go up and squat heavier weight. I figured if I can move my body weight up and down I can pedal it a lot faster as well.
Working towards one goal creates new milestones in your training. I started competing against myself trying to beat my last WOD time. Another milestone was to reach the recommended weight on the WODs. Both of these milestones came with time. I wasn’t able to do a single pull-up but I worked hard towards it. I started with ring rolls and progressed, moved to assisted pull-ups with a band until I could do a pull-ups. I was building strength and because of that It was time to change my eating habits to replenish my body and fuel properly. I asked my coaches tons of questions and researched how to fuel my body properly to reach my goals. At this point I wanted to be as lean as possible with enough strength to be fast on the bike. Making adjustments is all part of the game, you need to be able to listen to your body and adjust accordingly. Everyones body is different and we all have unique goals. Luckily I have coaches full of knowledge to guide me along the way.
Every milestone was a win and progress towards my bigger goal. I did get faster on the bike. The same ride that took me two hours now takes me an hour and a half. But more importantly my goals have grown along with me. Its important to take joy in progress and celebrate the little wins to keep you motivated. We all have our low points when we feel that it is taking to long and the results aren’t happening fast enough. I myself have been at it for nearly two years and still feel I have a long way to go. I might not hit the numbers I want today but I will be back to try again tomorrow and the next day and the day after that. Stay hungry and keep working you’ll get there with dedication and the help of those around you.
– Jaime Martinez