Thursday, February 21, 2008

Money well spent!

So last night was the first night I met with my cycling coach -Barb, what a nice and delightful lady, oh and great rider to!

There are about 6 other ladies in the group - 5 triathletes and one stinking fast road racer. First thing Barb noticed was my handlebars - too low but overall she liked my trainer. She actually said " that is a great bike" I had to laugh because it is older than god - it is a Bianchi that I bought second hand 8 years ago. A great bike in its time but compared to bikes out there now it is a dinosaur. So had the hubby change the angle of the bars last night when I got home. Looked at my road bike and the since I did get it fitted the bars are in the proper position.

She talked about drills and cadence and had me do some drills and sprints. We worked on bike stability and she said that for never doing the drills before I was doing quite well. I am at the back of the group but that is okay since they have all cycled longer and trained with her for a while.

I did, on the last, lap finally get stay on someone's wheel for the entire 2km lap - so that is what drafting is like!

Off to do today's brick and to incorporate some of the drills on the ride

Shaun

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Spinning my wheels

So I have done it - finally hired a cycling coach.

Last Saturday went for a ride- had been feeling pretty good staying true to the cycling portion of the program but after Saturday's ride the self doubts were going full tilt. The person who I was riding with gave me some tough love - I need to step it up- push harder, dig deeper, improve so that I do not have a repeat of Oliver.

They of course are right - it is more than just logging miles so I have signed on for a 10 week session with ZImich coaching - they are a husband and wife team who come highly recommended.

Tonight is the first session and I am a little anxious to hear what they have to say. But even more excited to hear their gameplan to help me improve and reach my goals.

I will let you know how it goes.

Shaun

Friday, February 15, 2008

What it takes to finish. - SOUL

People always ask why I train as much as I do. They say you are not going to win so why do it?

Well good point - for anyone who knows me I am one of the most competitive people out there. I don't like losing - but there is definitions of losing - to me if you give it your all and don't quit then you win. I have no respect for quitters and whiners. Time is secondary - I mean lets face it I am NEVER going to win a half marathon, full or Ironman but that is not why I do this.

As a coach I try to get this point across, to be in this sport you have to want it and stop competing with others, compete with yourself. Decide what your goal is for a race and go for it - whether it be to finish, or place or personal best. Stop worrying about what I or anyone else thinks, this is your journey because the one thing that will beat you is you.

You have to be tenacious and a smidge stubborn and a competitor. If you have these and you do the training you will find success - sometimes not in the form you thought, but success.

This past weekend I had a bunch of people from my last clinic racing - I don't know who gets more nervous me or them- I just want them to reach their goals and be happy with their performance. Anyways one of my "speedy" gals - I'll call her Miss M, was doing her very first half and was beside herself in excitement and anticipation - I was confident she would do great and she did - just not the way we both thought.

I had to coach in the morning so I missed being there for the finish of most of them, but got there near the end to cheer on the last racers. I was able to talk to some of the people from the clinic and found out that Miss M had finished but was very upset - her hamstring had blown out on her during the race. OH NO! But here is where it is inspiring - she walked it in - she finished- that is a competitor and that takes guts. My co-coach Cory was there and he was able to talk to her - thankfully - because she had decided she had failed and was not even wearing her medal.

Cory was great - he got her to get the medal out of her bag and put it on and told her that she inspired a lot of people out there because she did not quit. I sent her an email later and she is doing okay - hamstring pull so with some physio and water running she will get back in the saddle. She wants to do a full now! I am thrilled for her and I know she will succeed because the girl has soul and that is what it takes.

How lucky am I that I got to coach a star like that?

Shaun

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Being on Video

Last night I went an consulted with a swim coach who taped my stroke.

I know I have made lots of improvements in my stroke and felt like I turned a corner but the video shows I have a lot more work to do. I am seriously considering trying to find my swim teacher from when I was 7 and kicking them in the shin. I don't know what the hell kind of swimming they were teaching me but jeez after taking lessons all through my childhood I would expect to be a little better than I am.

So my kick needs to improve - my masters coach said it was looking good this guy said it was not so great... do not bend the knee. I actually pull water now but apparently my arm strokes are not quite there. He did say my breathing was good but I need to keep my face in the water.

Overall I think it was a very informative session that I hope I can take a lot from and apply to improve to ensure I am out of the water well before cut-off times instead of just scraping in there.

Ciao
S