This is what I woke up to yesterday morning on my email. I knew that it might be coming, but had in all reality pushed it to some far reaching land in the back of my brain. The email caught me a bit off guard but I was filled with optimism and excitement as I shared this news on social media for all my friends and followers. All the words of praise, motivation, and encouragement had me very excited.
And then today happened. I got the official email with the link to register. So of course, I decided to just take the plunge. Well, I cringed when I saw the price, but decided, hey this is possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity, just suck it up and do it. I continued on with the registration, but it was not like any other race registration I had done before. This one got personal, pretty much a sports resume. I had to starting surfing the web for some of my race results to find times, pr’s, etc. At that point my brain got the best of me and I started doubting myself. What the heck am I getting myself into? Why do I want to race with such fast folks? Why do I want to embarrass myself? How the heck am I going to find time to train? Will I still be a role model for my triathlon clients if the race is a complete disaster? I know I am over thinking-I have done enough Olympic distance triathlons with mediocre training and been fine, but this race is different. As a triathlon coach who pushes athletes to give it their all and never give up, I have to be the best version of myself at this race. That is a lot of pressure since I am not some world famous athlete. I am an average Joe that absolutely love triathlon , especially the cycling piece. I love to train, talk to folks about the sport, participate in races, volunteer, travel to events, and coach. And as far as I am concerned, this is anything but an average Joe race. This is the best of the best in the country. Holy crap!
So what is the plan of attack as a full-time bike manager in a bike shop, part-time trainer/triathlon coach, mother, wife, care-taker, and friend?
Step 1: Express my fears and concerns (you are reading them)! And try to stay positive (hard to do when it is 10 degrees outside and trying to fight off the winter depression)!
Step 2: Focus on weight management. I got way off track this winter. Too much social drinking, eating out, and getting lazy with my nutrition. My body is not very happy with me. But thanks to some peer pressure from some other friends who got off the wagon this winter, we are all cleansing right now and focusing on our nutrition.
Step 3: Create a practical plan of attack for “off-season” to rebuild my endurance. This is critical since spring and summer are so insane at work, kids out of school, select travel baseball, volunteer time with DEVO (Youth Mountain Bike Group). This will have to consist of getting in some solid runs, swims, trainer rides, and yoga. Weights need to slow down a bit, I love them too much and they do not get along very well with endurance.
Step 4: Create an on-season plan for my crazy life (no idea at this point what this will look like).
Step 5: Make sure my calendar is always organized for me and my hubby’s sake.
Step 6: Try to have fun while in an on-going state of stress. Life is such a juggling act, I need to find the perfect balance, and it is a delicate balance.
Step 7: Ask folks for help. This is probably my hardest step. I like things done my way, but when life gets chaotic, I need to be ok with an extra set of hands. This may actually be my hardest struggle of all. And those that know me, know I never like to ask for help.
Step 8: Lean on my fitness friends to help push me, train with me, and keep me on track. I can do it easily enough for others, but have a hard time focusing on myself. And I keep reminding myself, that even though 2016 is not starting off great, this year is about being the best I can be. I have shared this picture before, but feel I need to post again to help remind myself of the goal I set for myself:
A friend the other day told me that she had lost her mojo over the winter and just had no motivation regarding triathlons and racing in general. I can completely relate, but now that I have clicked the submit button, I have a goal and there is no turning back. It is a very challenging goal, but I can and will accomplish it! USAT Nationals will be my race this year.
As a final note and something I just found on facebook:
I just read this article and feel the need to share with all my fellow triathletes. After a scare with a client last year with a near death experience during the swim portion of her race, I am very leery of the swim portion of the triathlon. This article touches on all of my concerns. Would love to hear everyone’s comments and opinions!
Thank you ESPN for touching on such a serious subject!
Spring is in the air which for triathletes means training begins! As a triathlon coach, my brain is in full planning and training mode.
With that being said, I am pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual Group Triathlon Training program will be offered this spring at Prairie Life Fitness. Last year was very successful and there is quite a demand for group training. So for those in the Omaha area interested in training with a group, both myself and Stacy Houck will be doing a 12 week training program starting March 14th that will cater to the Omaha Women’s Sprint Triathlon. This is a great group for the novice triathlete, those trying to improve time, or for those that love training with others. The training will consist of everything to get an athlete ready for a USAT sanctioned sprint triathlon: group training, weekly homework, seminars about bike maintenance at Trek Bikes, gait analysis at Red Dirt Running Company, and of course some freebies and discounts from my sponsors. This training will be open to members and non-members of Prairie Life Fitness. For more info and registration, check out: http://www.prairielife.com/locations/home/?ID=2 and scroll down to “Coming-Triathlon Training”
I am really excited to coach this group again and look forward to both the familiar faces and meeting new folks. The more the merrier. So get ready to dust of those bikes, loosen up the legs, hop back in the pool, and get ready for an awesome triathlon season. See you at the gym.