It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog, but I’ll try to keep it brief. A lot has happened since July. I went back to work full time as a high school math teacher, continued training, and I raced my “A” race which was Augusta 70.3. I PR’d with a 5:44:41. I’ll spare you the details since I forgot to write a timely race report, and quite honestly, I don’t remember the details, but I was thrilled with my results.
After Augusta, I had Marine Corp Marathon on the books for October. With teaching full time, training became pretty difficult, so how do I compensate? Register for IM Lake Placid of course, and as if that wasn’t enough, sometime during the last quarter of the year, I thought it’d be wise to register for a second IM when North Carolina opened. Training for MCM continued, and I survived.
The weekend of MCM, Dani and I drove to Washington D.C. Friday night after I got off work. We arrived at our hotel around 4AM Saturday, raced Sunday, and drove home Sunday. I wouldn’t advise my travel strategy, but it worked and I got a PR( 4:13:21). Gotta love road trips, but 20 hours(10+ each way) in the car the weekend of a marathon might not be the best choice. I like to do things my own way though.
After the MCM, my race season was finished. I decided in November that I needed some time to figure out my training schedule, so I asked my coach to let me go a couple of weeks unstructured. He came back with “why don’t you take a month or two off and come back mid-January? You’ve been training 3 years straight with no time off.” Ummm, ok. I needed him to say that in November because honestly, I was on the verge of burn out. With working full time, the crazy finish to my race season, and signing up for the upcoming IM’s, I was feeling like I was drowning. I think he had caught on to this considering my Training Peaks account had a lot more red than it has ever had in the last 2+ years with him coaching me. So, I agreed to take the time off and come back mid-January. BEST ADVICE EVER! I honestly wouldn’t have ever decided to take that time off without the prompting from him. It was the fear that if I took the time off I would lose some fitness and starting back would be hard. It was also (believe it or not) a feeling of weakness to admit that I needed a break.
Needless to say, my coach knows me, which brings me to this last part. Just after Christmas, my coach informed me that he was switching to a different team. I immediately told him I was going where he was going without hesitation and without know what team he was going to. It wasn’t a question of a team. It was a matter of staying with the coach that I had chosen 2+ years(3 years next month) earlier and who had gotten me through 4-70.3’s, 2 marathons, and numerous other races with PR’s that were still coming left and right. I also have my biggest year yet coming up, and I wasn’t changing coaches going into my IM year, so there was no doubt I was going where my coach was going because it was about the trust and relationship we had developed as athlete and coach. Would I miss my teammates? Yes. Would some teammates not understand why I’d jump ship? Probably. Would feelings be hurt? Yes. Would I still see my teammates? Yes. Was I disappointed to have to change teams? Yes.
So, at the end of December I left my old team and followed Coach Chuck (Charles Sims a.k.a BAMF) to TriCoachGeorgia ( http://www.tricoachgeorgia.com ). For someone who keeps her circle small, coming into a team like TriCoachGeorgia should be hard, but they have made it surprisingly easy. I will probably continue to take my time meeting people in person just because that’s how I am, but the group is very active on their private Facebook page which encouragement, joking, training, etc. I feel like I’m getting to know a lot of their personalities already, and they have all be extremely welcoming. The “Do Your Job” phrase they use runs deep with the team through the positive energy and work I see each of them doing. Talk about motivation, no being a slug with this group of athletes around you busting their tails. They truly are a fun group that likes to banter back and forth….my kind of people because I’m quite the smart ass, but I’m keeping that on the down low for now. 😉 I think we’ll only let Coach C see that side still for now.
All in all, the transition has been super easy and fun. I can’t wait to spend this upcoming year racing with this group of misfits!