It’s that time of year again where it’s customary to make New Year Resolutions. I am not fond of this tradition and the underlying presumption that comes with it. New Year Resolutions have an expectation to be broken and then try again next January 1st. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy of not if you will break your resolution, but when.

Instead I like to use this time of year to reflect on the previous year, where I want to improve, and set goals for next year. I know it seems like a trivial difference but it’s all about your mindset. If you give yourself an escape route you will take it; it’s human nature. Instead I encourage you to make goals that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time bound.

This year I have a pretty hefty and exciting race calendar and a goal to continue towards a healthier me by losing 30 more pounds by June. Races give me deadlines and a specific goal in mind.2016 race calendar

Let’s make 2016 a year about new destinations, new distances, and soaring to new heights. What are some of your goals for 2016?

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