So I’ve been trying to figure out a good way to plan beeminding my training. I have worked my way up to the point where I’ve decided to train for a triathlon which if you haven’t heard of triathlons, incorporates goals to do better in three disciplines: biking, running and swimming. My goal in 2017 was to do 1000 miles of running and biking which I came just short of and I started a new goal for this year with the same idea before I decided on this. Similar to the weak point of that goal, this goal is making me want to do the easiest attainment of miles which is biking, next running and skip swimming which unfortunately is my weakest. I’ve thought about ways I can do a point system to encourage me to do more swimming but I worry that would be way to easy to weasel and I’ve already had to weasel-proof my exercise goals already because I’d modify the last data point to give myself a false buffer until I could do another big day to make up the deficit. Problem with that was it left big deficits and I would be doing 20+ miles on a bike and then not want to do it for a few days creating a never-ending cycle.
SO… Reading a few things I have learned that that was an outcome goal and I should instead focus on an input goal yet I can’t decide how best to approach it. My instinct is to do one of the following scenarios:
A. Make a beeminder for traking the number of workouts I do (and set a reasonable number).
1. Total workouts
2. Each discipline (one for running, one for biking, one for swimming… so I don’t just wuss out and do the easiest one for me)
B. Make a beeminder tracking the time I put into my workouts (since it’s mostly about endurance anyway a jog around my blog is different than a 45 minute jog around town)
1,2 for same reasons as above
C. All of the above (one for the times AND one for the fact I did it so I don’t build up too big a buffer on the time on the weekends when I do longer training and weasel out a few days until I’m in the red again)
I am wondering if anyone has any examples where this has worked for them and can shed some light on it.
P.S. I hate having to farm out this much accountability but I don’t have people I can train with/rely on yet and I have failed myself too much so I’m putting skin in the game until this becomes something that is a habit naturally and/or I have training partners.