Cycling – Confidence and Goal-Setting

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A goal, a plan, denotes desire. Part of finding your cycling-confidence means you need to discover what you want. You can’t set a goal–in other words, you can’t find your desire, if you have not defined your goal. Goals don’t fall into your lap. Ask yourself, “What do I want?” I can’t do that for you. No one can. After all, your goals are your own.

Let’s complete a goal-setting exercise that will help you foster cycling-confidence during critical races.

What are some of the fundamentals of goal-setting? To provide motivation and focus goals must be:

REALISTIC: If you have only been bicycle racing for one season, don’t set a goal to win World Championships next month. You will likely lose motivation by setting lofty goals.

CHALLENGING: Goals that are too easy can lead to boredom in bicycle racing. If your goal is just to finish a race, you will probably get bored very quickly. Set a more challenging goal. For example, finish in the top 25 of the field.

MEASURABLE: A goal that can be measured provides a greater sense of achievement. Set a goal such as: be in the top ten of the field with three laps to go, if you are in criterium where the field has stayed together.

WITHIN YOUR CONTROL: You can control your perception, and how much you practice your cycling skills. What you can’t control is whether people will crash in front of you. Set goals that are within your control.

WRITTEN DOWN: Write down your goals. Work one-on-one with a sports psychologist, or keep a journal on your own, and record self-inspired goals.

Set your own goals now. Write them down. The next step is to focus on the goals that you set for yourself, and take the steps necessary to obtain those goals. Don’t let something stand in your way, but if obstacles do arise, then don’t become discouraged. Instead, draw additional energy and intensity from your goals in order to overcome obstacles.

You have a choice. Make the conscious choice to foster cycling-confidence, competitiveness, and to achieve your goals.

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Source by Kathryn C. Wilder, Ph.D.

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