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2. Sign up for a race.
This sounds simple but the earlier you set your goals for the season and sign up for a race, the earlier you will start to put in place the mindset to achieve them. Isolating the focus on weight loss alone can lead to a very restrictive mentality and one that can easily backfire. Although having a weight loss goal can be self-motivating, maintaining the regime to do so can be challenging to sustain without a purpose behind it. However, nothing gets an athlete going like signing up for a race. Focus the mind and the body will follow.