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Old 09-26-11, 06:49 PM   #1
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How realistic are ones goals/dreams?

Hello!!

I just finished my time trial yesterday and saw a 2 minute reduction in my time vs. the same course in April. Briefly, I finished my race in 26:16:50 for a 9.5 mile TT. My average speed came out to 21.77mph. Not too bad and a nice improvement from April.

I could not help but notice the finishing times of my competitors. 20 minutes, 23 minutes, etc and was wondering, how realistic am I to be considered a "threat" next spring when we do the same course again? Is another 2 minute reduction in my time possible if I train properly for the next 6 months?

Briefly, I trained so hard from April until September. 2X a day. Before work and after. I lost 7lbs in one month. Lost a girlfriend and gave up so much other stuff along the way.

My goal for 2012 would be to finish the 9.5 mile race in under 26 minutes. But since I am only 17 seconds short of that goal...it might be too easy to attain. Could I set a goal of finishing in 24 minutes?

Is this realistic?? When does the body physically stop improving?

After yesterdays TT, I am chosing to stop for 2 weeks and stay away completely from the bike. But come mid October, it's time to start training again.

Is my goal realistic.
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Old 09-26-11, 07:17 PM   #2
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Is it theoretically possible you've reached your genetic potential? Yeah. Is it likely? Heck no, most likely you have lots of room for improvement! Only one way to find out though, right?

You may want to check out the Training and Nutrition forum for training tips!
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Old 09-26-11, 09:07 PM   #3
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Thanks Zephyr11!

I remember how sluggish my start was yesterday. Actually..it was down right horrible. It took a good 3 miles for me to get into a zone. I warmed up properly. Drank plenty of fluids and had the Goo Jell 20 minutes prior to the start. Made sure I was below my threashold. But I just felt lousy the first 3 miles.

I will check the Training and Nutrition forum.
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There is such a thing as over-training, your muscles only grow and or increase in strength while you sleep. Without knowing your age and all the factors that go into your training, your best bet is to got to the training forums. But you've got to rest, like I said sleep is as important as training & don't drink alcohol for a couple months b4 you compete. Good luck!
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My goals are utterly unrealistic.
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all you can do is train and see if you could beat the time you did before!
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