This year saw the completion of a long running target for me: to hold the British, European and World Transplant cycling titles at the same time in both road race and time trial disciplines. The World Transplant Games in Sweden this June saw me complete that goal.
Great, now what? What I’ve discovered is complete focus on a goal means, achieve it or not, after it’s done, what the hell happens next? You can find yourself at a very loose end. My first road race in Shropshire after coming back from the games lasted 3 laps before I was blown out, I was tired, heavy, and going into ‘recovery’ after a peak in form. Great peak, lousy trough. So, what’s the answer? I dunno, I’d be a rich man if I did. One thing I do know is that setting a secondary goal i.e. a focus on what you are going to do after the primary goal doesn’t sound like a good idea – it would take your focus away wouldn’t it?
I suspect rest, recovery, even a bit of time enjoying what you have achieved is the right thing then, get yourself another goal. Sleep, rest, say hello to the kids and the family, maybe that’s the focus – maybe that’s the goal?
I’ve got the British Transplant Games in Belfast next week so I’m back on track. Good race last Thursday, 5k TT on the track next Monday and, rather than typing this, I should be out doing some intervals…..right, I’m off……targets and goals to achieve…