Wednesday, November 17, 2010

3 Week Base Build Review

The team is into it's first three weeks of "Base Build" and for those that have been getting in all the training sessions you are probably looking forward to next weeks recovery. November is always tough to get into a committed training schedule, but thanks to your teammates it can be a little easier.

As a coach, I see the bonds being created by the athletes suffering together and through these moments become clearer goals and accountability for each of them. Lots to learn as a newbie and much to remember as a veteran that has taken a few months off. Vince Lumbardi would say on the first day of every summer training camp as he held out a football for everyone to see,
"This is a football". So, this is the time to revisit the basics and build on a solid and understood foundation.

Here are few basics for triathlon:
1. Base Hart Rate means your HR is 70% of your max while in this zone. The longer you stay in this training zone the fitter you will become. "You need to go slow to go FAST"
2. In the pool, the sticking to the rest times are as important as the swimming.
3. On the bike, even peddle strokes (by doing SLD's) will produce much more power and efficiency throughout your ride then mashing.
4. During your run take inventory of your self, from the top of your head to the center of your foot and make sure you are relaxed.
5. While in your warm up and warm down of each discipline focus on staying correct and relaxed. Mental toughness will be learned through this practice.

Remember, we signed up for this sport to have fun and its only the expectations we put on ourselves that might turn the fun into work. Do I want to have fun during this training session or do I want to work? Ask yourself this question before every training session and you will be prepared and rewarded each time.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What got me here?

This is a loaded question I have asked myself numerous times. As it has to do with coaching, I was in need of a group to keep me accountable for this new sport that my brother double dog dared me into.

I took my skills as a security facilitator and put them to use in the triathlon arena. I secured basic things that all athletes need and/or want and reached out to the community. I still thought I should know more about the basics of triathlon. So, I enrolled in the USAT Level 1 coaching class. At the end of the three day symposium they handed out test to become certified, I passed. No, I passed on taking the test. I went to get more knowledge not to be certified. As Socrates said, "knowledge is power". So, know where the bathrooms are at all times and you shall too have the power!

Human Powered Racing was born in January 2004.

And so, seven years of guiding, motivating, creating, training, communicating, teaching, shaping, and racing with teammates of my team HPR in triathlon I have become a coach. Hell I've was always been the coach, I'm just having fun with it now that I have Jeremy.

All this because of a double dog dare in doing a half iron in Panama City, FL.

Thanks Bro, I love you!