Happy New Year - May all your 2015 targets be reached!

Get to the start in good shape

It's the first day of 2015 and time to look forward to achieving your targets in your 2015 races.

After evaluating 2014 and assessing your strengths and weaknesses, it is time to set your goals and targets for 2015 and think about what you need to do in order to achieve them.

When setting your goal, the first thing to consider is whether or not you are in control of your goal. If your goal is to win a race or achieve a certain position, chances are that you cannot be in complete control because you can't influence what your competitors are doing. If you are all as good as each other and you all train, prepare and race as effectively as each other the end result can be difficult to predict and it may just come down to luck. You can be in control, however, if your goal is to set a personal best time or distance. Whatever your goal may be, you would be well advised to think about all the factors that will underpin it and that you are able to control. Here we look at three types of goals.