Triathletes are goal oriented, both inside the sport and in their everyday lives. Here’s what our pros are planning to focus on in 2017.
As triathletes we get to spend so much time traveling the world and experiencing all nature has to offer. I want to help preserve the beauty that exists for several generations to come. One of my goals for 2017 is to stop using single-use disposable plastic, including bottles, straws, plastic bags, silverware and to-go containers. Instead I will opt to carry with me reusable products to reduce my footprint on the planet that we share.
Just as many amateur triathletes use the sport to balance out their work lives, most elite triathletes need hobbies outside of our jobs. In 2017, my husband Ben and I are committing ourselves to spending more time pursuing non-sporting passions outside of our training. For me, that means spending more time in the printmaking studio.
Mine is to never use my phone when I drive.
Mary Kate Callahan
Stay in the present. It's easy to get caught up on what's next when it comes to training and racing. I really want to focus more on staying in the moment and enjoying the process. Also, after the USA Paratriathlon team had a great showing in Rio 2016, I'm eager to help get more youth involved in this sport. They will be the future of this sport.
One of my main goals for 2017 is to get out of my comfort zone more in training and to do it in an accepting and flexible way. I want to do it mentally soundly so even when I feel overwhelmed by the challenge I am able to execute in a way that will help me grow as an athlete and possibly person too. Another focus for next year will be really creating and using the team around me to get better. To make a clear team of people who will aid in my progression towards being great.
Hailey Danz (formerly Danisewicz)
This year one of my goals is to make giving back a priority. Volunteering has always been a passion of mine, but unfortunately it moved to the backburner in the buildup to Rio. With 2017 being a less intense year in terms of training and racing, I'm hoping to use some of this new free time to empower others. I am planning to volunteer with an organization that uses running to build confidence in young girls, as well as work as a counselor for a camp for kids with cancer.
Four years ago I set a clear goal of winning a gold medal in Rio in 2016, with the help of my coach Jamie and husband Patrick we mapped out a plan to get there. Now I have achieved a major lifetime goal and have been enjoying some downtime the last few months. I don't normally set resolution on Jan. 1, but instead make measurable goals for the upcoming years. My primary goal for 2017 is to start a family with my husband Patrick. I am still looking at 2020 in Tokyo with aspirations of earning another gold medal but I am looking forward to a different way of getting there.
My 2017 resolution is to have more fun outside of triathlon and experience a bunch of new things that create stories I get to tell. Triathlon takes up a lot of time and energy so I find myself saying “no” to a lot of things, but I’m going to try to plan more and spend a bit more energy on new experiences.
The past two years I've been incredibly focused on training and racing toward the goal of competing in Rio. Rio was a success and I'm using 2017 to get into the coaching side of things and continue my speaking career. My main focus will be on my husband and son and hopefully expanding our family in 2017. While races may be limited in 2017, I will stay in shape and be back at it again in 2018 after (hopefully) our second child!