One thing that really helps keep me focused on training is having goals for each race. It used to be just finish, or do better than the last one. But now that I have been doing this a little bit longer they are getting more specific. I usually have a 2-3 goals for each race.
What I better do
What I would be excited to do
What would be the ultimate (yet attainable) thing to do
I have felt setting a couple of goals for a race really helps me finish every race satisfied. I have to be realistic when I set the goals but the last one is always the one I am working towards.
I am going to keep a list of the races I am planning on doing and what my goals are for those races. Lets see how many I can meet the ultimate goal for!