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The Everyman: Looking For A Goal

Jason Devaney suddenly finds himself aimlessly wandering the endurance sports world in search of something.

Jason Devaney suddenly finds himself aimlessly wandering the endurance sports world in search of something.

For various reasons, I’ve mostly taken the year off from racing. Sure there was that local 5K I did in the spring, and before that the Rock ’n’ Roll USA Half Marathon, but that about summarizes my 2014 when it comes to doing races.

But hey, it was a busy year. I got married. I spent the summer in Italy. I work a lot (too much). Now that my wife and I have returned stateside, it’s time to get back into my old routine (triathlon training, anyone?).

Thing is, I don’t know what to do.

Should I run another marathon? A half early next year would at least be nice.

What about bike racing? I’ve been wanting to jump into that.

And then there’s triathlon, which dominated my life in 2013. I did my first half Ironman that year and still crave everything about the sport. Doing an Ironman someday is certainly on my radar.

So seriously, what should I focus on?

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Recently I’ve caught myself looking up race schedules of all disciplines—running, cycling and triathlon. I just can’t get myself to commit to anything more than a few group bike rides every week.

What I need is some inspiration. Something or someone to provide a reason to do something.

I’ve discovered I need to get myself back in the gym, resume swimming and start running and cycling on a more regular schedule.

What I need is a goal.

A goal will keep me moving forward. It will help me get out of bed an hour early so I can squeeze in a workout before I take a seat at my desk. A goal will help bring balance to my life.

Whenever I have a goal race on the calendar, I feel motivated and excited. Without one, I have too many excuses not to work out.

I wouldn’t consider myself a Type A person when it comes to athletics, nor do I fall under the Type B mentality. I’d say I’m a B+. But when there’s something to train for, I move up to an A-.

Now all I have to do is make some decisions.

What’s your next goal race? Tweet me @jason_devaney1.