We’re only 17 days into the New Year and already I’m questioning the wisdom of one of my goals for the year.
For two years straight, I’ve set a goal to row 2,000 meters in under 8:30. (That’s roughly comparable to running a mile at an 8:00-8:30 pace.) My PR for the 2k row, set before my last pregnancy, is 9:18, so I’m looking to improve my years-old personal best by nearly a minute. That’s a big gap.
I set the goal a few years ago while I was in great shape, assuming that it was well within reach if I trained for it.
Back to 2013: I knew that to meet my fitness goals for the year, I needed the full 12 months to train. So I took a baseline right after the New Year and started investigating training plans. It was at this point that I discovered the bad news about my goal time.
My sub-8:30 goal has been declared a “firebreather” score by Crossfitters. Crossfitters are intense, so that’s saying a lot. Right now, my time of 10:28 doesn’t even come close to the well-rounded beginner’s score, let alone the “advanced athlete” status an 8:30 2k row would get me.
Honestly, I’m not sure I have that in me.
And therein lies my conundrum:
People frequently fail at their goals because they bite off more than they can chew. But others set the bar too low–and never find out what they’re capable of.
I have two choices, as I see it: I can adapt my goal right now, while the year is still new.
Or I can just go for it, knowing the worst that happens is I get a lot faster, if not quite fast enough to hit my goal.
I’m going for it.
How do you handle the tension between aiming too low and overreaching? (Or, if you’d rather: Am I crazy?)
photo credit: Jon Fravel