By Coach Pete Kain
How do you stay motivated?
That is a question I get asked a lot. I have been training and racing in
multi-sport events since 1984! That’s close to 30 years of hitting the
ground running and cycling and swimming! Yes, I do occasionally get tired
and even a little burned out. BUT, that is usually short lived and the
fire to get out and do something still burns bright! My main motivation is
to stay healthy, but I also really like setting specific goals. My goals
are usually related to upcoming competition, but it doesn’t have to be
event driven. Many people enjoy training for triathlons, but not
competing. Someone like that may be driven by a weight loss goal, or a
goal to just stay as fit as possible. Whatever your goal may be, it is
important to figure it out and then get after it!
I like to set goals for myself. This is a KEY way of staying motivated. I
usually set goals that are challenging and require a lot of hard work to
achieve. My goals are related to my ability level and are well thought
out. Goals help you stay motivated and help get you out the door when you
may not exactly feel like it. Here are a few things to consider when
setting your own goals:
1) Set both Short Term and Long Term goals.
One way to stay motivated is to set both Short term and Long term goals.
You may have a goal of completing an Ironman Triathlon one day, but I
would start by completing an Olympic, or 1/2 Ironman Distance first. Your
short term goal (this year) may be completing an Olympic Distance race,
then next year complete a 1/2 Ironman distance. Then in another year you
are ready to shoot for the Ironman Distance.
2) Set Achievable goals!
Always set goals that are achievable. You can make goals that are
challenging, but be realistic. If your goal is to lose weight, shoot for
1-2 pounds a week, not 5, or more! You set yourself up for disappointment
if you set your goals too high!
3) Write your goals down!
When you decide what your main goals are for the year, write them down.
You can tell friends, family, or keep them to yourself. If you write them
down, they are REAL! Some people like to put there goals on the mirror at
home, then they see them everyday when they wake up in the morning.
4) Stay positive! Visualize!
Goals are great and should always be positive! If your goal is to podium
in a race in your age group, you should have a mental image of yourself
doing it, before you ever start the race! Go through the entire event in
your head and see yourself having a great race! When you see yourself
doing it, it is more likely to happen!
5) Dedication, Discipline and Desire!
I like to call this the 3 D’s to athletic success!! When you pick goals,
your motivation is likely to follow. Your Desire to be your best, to get
out the door and get after your goals should be there! You will need to be
Dedicated to your goals and be consistent with your training. The third D
to athletic success is Discipline! You have to be a bit more disciplined
with your training when going after specific goals!
Be sure and talk to one of the coaches if you are having a hard time
figuring out what your main goals should be. You can pick a race as a
goal, you can pick weight loss as a goal, you can pick going after some
personal PR’s as your goal! Whatever you decide your main goals will be,
use them as motivation and get after them! Goals will help you stay on
track and stay motivated!
Good Luck and Happy Training!!!
About your Coach: Coach Pete Kain has been active in the sport of
triathlon for 28 years!! He is the Owner and Head Coach of Kain
Performance Multi-Sport. He is a certified USA Triathlon Coach, a
Certified Swim Coach, a ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor, a TRX Trained
Instructor and has a Bachelors Degree from UCSB. He is a 4 Time ITU
Triathlon AG World Champion and a 7 Time USA Triathlon AG National
Champion. He was the USA Triathlon Overall Open Male “Triathlete of the
Year” in 2002. Coach Kain turns 50 this year and plans on competing at the
US National Triathlon Championships in August, as well as the ITU World
Triathlon Championships in September, with the goal of winning in the “Old
Guys Rule” Division!! Follow Coach Kain on Twitter at @Peterkain for
updates on many of Kain Performance workouts and happenings.