Monday, November 12, 2007

My coach made me do it...

I should have done this a long, long time ago.

Really. At the very beginning it would have been a good idea. Last year it would have been uber smart. And now that I've done it, I can't imagine training without one.

Having a coach ROCKS!

I've finished up two weeks under The Elf and am really happy with the setup. Each week, I get a complete plan uploaded to Training Peaks, with tons of details about the drills and the goals. And for me, I've actually been excited about training! I look forward to seeing what new thing is at the next session and I'm having lots of fun learning new drills and focusing on the minutia of how I'm moving.

And motivation? Way up there. It really has made a huge difference to not be patching together my plan by myself. I feel like my time is building towards something, rather than a nebulous deposit in general fitness. I wasted a lot of time and attention last year to figuring out what I needed to do, and it left me drained when it came time to just plain ole' doing it. This year is about the doing, folks.

When does it make the most difference? Those Saturday's when I would rather sit on the couch and watch FoodTv all afternoon instead of spin for an hour and a half in the basement. Cold mornings when I would MUCH rather stay nestled in bed than run drills in the local church parking lot.

I just feel more committed. More on. This investment has made a huge difference and I'm actually looking forward to the long 6 months ahead before I actually get to take my fabulous new bike to a race and see what I've got under the hood.

Oh, and speaking of the bike? Freaking love it. LOVE IT!! My future parents in law were over last night and I dragged them (bless their hearts!) down to the basement to look at it. I was like a proud mom, showing off the carbon fork and aero wheels. We've had more miles on the trainer than not (ahem, by far), but I already know I'm in love. Big time.

So...the last two weeks? Pretty killer from the training perspective. (And, to be honest, with our little engagement news? Pretty killer from all perspectives!) Lots of vigor, lots of enthusiasm, lots of gear purchases.

{Oh know it! In the last two weeks I have "rewarded" myself with a cyclocomputer, cycling gloves, booties, a new pair of Asics, extra Asics socks, swim paddles, and yet another long sleeve running shirt. And, yes, I fully intend on blaming that on the Elf, too.}

Oh, and one of the coolest things is that I've been learning new things. Like backstroke. And new running drills. And new swimming drills. I finally learned how to do a proper spin-up and I'm actually going to attempt fly the next time I'm in the pool.

Yes. You heard me.


I am *sure* there will be a story to follow on that one.


21stCenturyMom said...

I like fly - but don't tell anyone lest they think I'm crazy.

Stef said...

This is so Awesome!! Although I am not surprised really as my experience working with the E.L.F. is similar. :-) It is amazing what working with such a great coach can do!

Keep up the excellent work and motivation and congrats again on your engagement!

Wes said...

I'm actually going to attempt fly the next time I'm in the pool.

I'm sure you will blame your coach for THAT too ;-)

Steve Stenzel said...

I wanna fly in the pool!....

LBTEPA said...

What great FUN! Clearly you NEED all that stuff, no really you do :)
We all have our own toyboxes at our house - Noddie's is in her room, J's is in the shed and mine is the exercise stuff (bike shoes, helmet, swimming bag, weights) behind the couch. Go and play!

E. L. F. said...

Seriously - I am not paying her to say this. Thanks for the vote of confidence and glad you enjoy the training! everyone should enjoy their trainign!