If you're not gunning for a competition, or if you aren't surrounded by an ambitious training community, it's easy to fall into a rut, thinking that we are pushing things when we're really not.
In 2009, I conducted a kettlebell workshop in Tokyo with RKC Taikei Matsushita, had two month-long introductory classes locally, and assisted at the September RKC instructor certification. So, on the kettlebell business-side of things, it was sufficiently busy. Training, on the other hand, was not where I wanted it to be. I stayed healthy, but what kind of goal is that for an competitive athlete (or athlete wannabe/wish-they-were-still)?
"Discretion is the better part of valor" are great words to live by, but eliminate valor from the equation and what are you left with but fear and avoidance? There's playing it smart, and then there's leaving too much on the table. As far as my own personal S&C goals, in 2009, I left way too much on the table.
For 2010, I've chosen three very straightforward training goals. I think they will require real training commitment, but are not excessive.
KB Jerks: 32kg bells x 40
KB Snatch: 32kg x 80
Pull-Ups: x 30
Right now, I am far away from my personal bests on all of these, let alone from the numbers above. But, I've already started working towards them and look forward to the next 12 months of training.
What are your goals for 2010?