From the time we’re in grade-school until we’re settled in our 20′s – some of us, even in our 30′s – we’re told that setting goals is a key, if not the key, to achieving what we want in life. Some people are better at setting goals than others. That is, they either knowingly or unknowingly set achievable goals. Others set goals that seem unachievable and foolhardy to all of us but not unto themselves. I’ve never professed to be good at setting goals, or achieving them. In fact, I think it’s best to set very lofty goals and fail trying to reach them than to set a low first bar, so to speak.
It seems that those who are willing to fail – risk takers – are at some point going to succeed. And yes, these people are good at triathlon and life. But more importantly, it seems to me that risk-takers enjoy life more than those who are static and safe. So I’ll take a risk, and I’ll set some goals.
The goals for 2013
I want to go to Kona and race the Ironman and Xterra world championships. The Kona points requirements for pros means targeting 5 or more WTC races before August. There’s always the possibility of qualifying after the July cut-off, but the chances seem slimmer.
To do this, I need results. I’m hungry for a podium spot at a half and a full. The best I managed last season was 4th at Augusta. The distance events, IM’s and halves, are my best shot. I’ll be placing emphasis upon halves in the early part of the year, with St. Croix 70.3 in May and Raleigh 70.3 in June. I’ll race one or two more events prior to August. Then I hope to race IM UK in August and IM FL in November.
I want to try my hand racing off-road triathlons. My plan is to race the Ft. Yargo Xterra near Athens, GA in late April to get some experience. Then I’ll race the Xterra Southeastern Championships at Oak Mountain in mid May. My bike skills need improvement, but it should be good fun.
Probably my most lofty goal: graduate within the year. I’ve had a lot of support. I’m grateful to my wife, friends, and family for their support and tolerance. Thanks to FFT for a second season of coaching and camaraderie. Thanks to our supporters. Without all of you, I couldn’t take risks and seek to achieve my goals.
For a complete race schedule and results, check out my website: www.jamesdmccurdy.com.