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Today’s 1% Change: Set a Goal, Set a Record

July 8, 2017


One of the things that I like about cycling is that you can constantly improve, no matter what your age. Yesterday I set a personal record on a mile and a half long hillclimb that I’d ridden about 50 times. There’s a cool cycling app called Strava that lets you keep track of those things.  Not only was it a PR, it was the fastest time of any other cyclist that had climbed it… well at least other cyclists that use Strava. I remember seeing some of those fast times when I first started climbing that hill thinking that there was no way I could ever beat the fastest time. Well I did it yesterday, by about 10 seconds!


So that satisfies my inner racer… I’ve never raced in a real race but I can virtually race others using Strava. I’m constantly setting and beating my cycling goals.


There are all kinds of goals and records that you can set to keep yourself motivated and on track. We’re all at different levels and have different goals. Maybe you’ve started walking to get some exercise and you’re doing that a couple days a week. Set a goal to walk 3 days or 4 days a week. Or maybe you’ve been thinking about starting to work out at home or going to a gym to work out. Set a goal to work out 2 times next week and do it!


You can also set food goals. Still eating cereal for breakfast every day? Set a goal to have something else for 1 or 2 days next week. When you succeed, bump that up to 3 or 4 non-cereal breakfasts. Thinking about cooking some paleo meals but haven’t made the leap? Plan out a couple of meals for next week, go shopping for the food you need this weekend and cook them up next week.


Goals can be very motivating. So set some and go for it!