It's been a few years since I really focussed my training on any one goal. Having to deal with so many changes in my life over the past couple of years and starting up a new business my training has really taken a back seat to everything else. With the announcement of the date for the 2015 ITU World Cross Triathlon Championships being late May, I had to get my act together. I had to re-think my training plan and start a few months earlier than expected. My first focus is getting back into the water. I hadn't swam since my last fun race in August so I knew if I wanted to get my swim time down to be one of the fastest in my age category I had to hit the pool asap. (ok, really I want to be the fastest in my age category - there I've said it, commitment made.) Focussing on my goal has reminded me just how important a few things are in training. One of the key things is consistency. I cleared my agenda to make room for three swims a week. I promised myself that no matter what happened, I was in the pool during this scheduled time. I'm only three weeks into my training and already I am thrilled with my progress. My endurance is coming along swimmingly (!), my technique is good and the speed is exactly where I want it at this stage in my training. It's not that I'm going out and forcing myself to do crazy long or hard workouts. Whats really making the difference is consistency. I'm in the pool as scheduled. Whether I have 30min or an hour, I'm there and I won't allow excuses to keep me from the pool. Consistency is important, consistency is very important. But let's be very clear about one major issue, it's not just being consistent about getting my butt in the pool, it's also being consistent with what you do in the water that counts. Always ensuring your technique is as perfect as it can be is the key. You can swim four - five times a week with poor technique and you will only gain endurance strength with a poor inefficient style (and if you push it hard enough you will probably get an injury while you're at it!). That will never enable you to be the best you can be and it will never get you out of the water first. Get in the water consistently and be consistent with perfecting your technique with every single meter you swim. Focus on that and the speed will come.