Goals. I have written before about how important goals are to help you find your way in your athletic pursuits. However, if the same goals help you apply pressure on yourself, you will not be free to enjoy what you are doing and just do your best. I think this is what happened to me at the beginning of this season. No matter how I tried to frame my goals as process (faster swim, smoother bike, quicker run) they were really outcome goals (winning). Because I was so worried about performance I could not enjoy the moment, and as a result my performances were less than they could have been. It took a trip to the Canadian National Mountainbike Championships and then a Canada Cup mountain bike race for me to sit back and gain some perspective. I went to those races to test myself against the mountain bikers and in the process gain some fitness. However, my mind set for each of them was unfortunately not as positive as I would have liked – all outcome with no process. This story is a bit about my mountain bike racing, and how I believe that is so important for Xterra athletes to develop bike fitness, but is also a bit of a mental lesson for all of us. As soon as we are not having fun, we will not perform. Period. Read on….