When evaluating my 2018, one thing comes to mind. I had stability. I was past the acclimation phase of moving to a new place and starting my career at a new school. I knew what my responsibilities were, and uncertainty was low. This created an atmosphere where I was able to take advantage of opportunities, gain new experience, and learn throughout the year.
I had many opportunities to gain experience and expand into new areas. I completed an internship, for my master’s degree in communication, which focused on alumni relations, branding, marketing, and fundraising. I also was given the opportunity to work with our distance group in the weight room, since I obtained my CSCS in January.
Stability is one thing that I will not have the luxury of in 2019. My contract for my GA position runs out in May, so I will be looking for a full-time coaching job this summer. The uncertainty that surrounds this situation can cause a lot of stress, so it is going to be important for me to keep everything in perspective this year.
For all of these reasons, I am going to call 2018 the set-up year. I accomplished a lot of things this year that will hopefully set me up for my future not just professionally, but for this experiment as well.
I was able to make progress toward my goal of throwing 19.00m in the shot. I threw 17.43m in August and had my second highest average during a season. I also made progress towards my greatest limiting factor, strength. I was able to stay consistent with my workouts in the weight room and I feel like I have put in a good foundation heading into 2019. This brings me to my goals for 2019…
2019 Athletic Goals
Shot Put–18.29m (60’)
|2018 Bests (lbs)||2019 Goal (lbs)|
I would consider these goals to be lofty, but I would have said the same thing about my goal of throwing 17.00m last year. My goals in the weight room I think are achievable, but will take a consistent effort and focus all year. I am also working on a new program to increase frequency and volume that I think my previous programs lacked. I will talk more about this in later posts.
This year has been very good, and I feel like I set myself up well professionally and athletically to have a great 2019, so I look forward to the challenges and opportunities 2019 presents.