Realistic and achievable goals for a first Ironman

“If you set a goal for yourself and are able to achieve it, you have won your race. Your goal can be to come in first, to improve your performance, or just finish the race, its up to you” (Dave Scott, 2007). When engaging with novice Ironman triathletes it is always evident that it is the coaches’ responsibility and obligation to set realistic and achievable goals for their first Ironman race, especially if there is little experience of racing more than 5 hours. Avoiding disappointment is so critical as this can affect the triathletes’ enjoyment of the sport, achieving success can build trust with the coach as well as providing the basis of future performance improvement. I approach a race p