Despite a busy week of work it has been a great week of training and I have been introduced to someone who is willing to help me take this whole project next level. I was able to get in 5 good days of training and I was introduced to Ron Sciepko a local USA Triathlon level one coach who I know will have some good advice for me going forward.
First the Bobcats being the playoffs made work a major priority in my life this week. With my boss out of town with the team in Orlando for the first two games of the series I have had to work 7 days this week. But I have remained committed to my training and it’s been a productive week. I was able to swim twice on Monday and Thursday. I biked on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and I ran outside on Tuesday and Saturday. Friday and Sunday were my days off, Friday wasn’t really a choice. Between my work schedule and the training my body clearly said I need a rest so I relented. On Tuesday and Friday when I ran I logged 3.5 miles and on Saturday when I got home my neighbor’s 8 year old boy was out front and I challenged him to a few "races". I figured this was a good way for me to get some interval work in sprinting to finish off the workout. He’s quick, but this 41 year old man was able to just beat him every time. (I have to take my small victories where I can no matter how pathetic they may be) I didn’t think I was going to be able to hang with Mark, let alone beat him.
On Friday the folks at TrySports facilitated a meeting for me with a local triathlon coach named Ron Sciepko. My next race is now two weeks away and I know that there will be some key points of advice and instruction he can give me especially for the open water swim that will help me out. I’m more excited about what Ron and I discussed for the long term. One of the key points he talked with me about were goals and we decided together after a short visit that I should try to finish this season with an International length triathlon in September. I will use the sprint races I have on my schedule between now and then to get ready for the big race in September. I’m excited to see how he can shape my training and further help me meet and exceed my goals. After our initial meeting he sent me a form to fill out asking me all kinds of questions to give him a good baseline read of where I am at in my training and my goals. I’m anxious to hear back from him and talk about what we can get done. While we haven’t really started down the road together I already feel a great sense of excitement at the prospect of having someone else invested in my performance especially someone who knows what they are doing!
I’m concerned about my training this week. The week of the Quail Hollow Championship is always one of my favorites, but it also means a whole bunch of work and long days that start early and end late. While I do spend a lot of time walking around the course carrying equipment I know it’s not the same as running or biking. I’m going to do the best I can and I promise a full report at the end of the week. I’m glad that I will have one full week after the golf tournament before my race to try and dial things in. The big key will be watching the diet extra close which is always hard during the tournament. The folks at the Quail Hollow Championship treat us extremely well particularly when it comes to feeding us. Wish me luck!