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Reflection of a year past

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So Erinne, Kaia Blu and I left for a long awaited 2 and a half week vacation last Wednesday. We had been planning this for many months as it was a wonderful but busy year for us. The baby came and that is a whole new ball of wax plus our business continued to see great growth. I also travelled a lot, more then I or Erinne wanted. So as I sit here in the mountains with fantastic panoramic views it gives me one of those ‘let’s reflect on the year past’ moments. The awesome joy of fatherhood and the fun of haivng a baby aside our company is doing great. Sspecifically we have and had great athletes in 2006. Fun, serious and well placing peope that we all really enjoyed coaching. I like to learn about our athletes, there business’, there families and what makes them tick. If I can get inside of them just a bit it cen help me motivate them to new levels.
So with looking back I can’t help to look forward. A HUGE new project is in store for us in 07 and soem other changes but with the family on super cruice control now we can only hope for great results to come. Happy holidays all.

Where do the days go

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It has been a little while since my last post and nothing earth shattering to report. Erinne and I have been working on a very BIG project for the last year and it looks as if it might be taking off soon. I’ll have the final answers on it soon but it is part of the evolution of BodyZen. I am really happy with our business now. We were voted Best Coaching Company for the third year in a row and we still coach some fantastic athletes with great results. Now if they would just send me the PM downloads and log all the workouts we would be perfect. You know who you are. I can’t wait to get some new toys for 2007 for the new season. Maybe a new Power Meter or helmet. HHMMMMMM Our good friend Lotte Branigan looks to be in for the USAT 2007 Overall Female Athlete of the Year. This girls rocks man and if yo uever get to meet her do it. She is so sweet when she isn’t running a 17:50 5K. Her husband, not so much!

Erinne, Kaia Blu and I are doing well and I have been spending a lot of time with her. I really love the time together with her. It’s funny actually as we go to the bike shop, the running store and just stroll thru the hood. Good times. All of us, minus the dogs, will be going away for 2 weeks to North Carolina. I wonder if the earth will still be rotating when we get back. KBZ is over 6 months old now and it sitting up (a big deal), laughing and all around being cute.

If you read this report and have been keeping up with it then let me know as some of you do. Well till next time. Thanks for reading. Oh by the way-this report is brought to you by Kona Coffee 100%.

Lately….

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things have been calming down a bit. For the most part most of my personal athletes have finished the season but are eager to plan for 2007. This is a good sign as it hsows that they are still motviated and not burnt out. I have a few in fact that our planning for 07 and 08. These are the athletes that I like to work with, the planners i call them. I have often said that coaches will attract and continue to work with athletes that they gel with. Athletes come and go but for the most part the successfu ones are the ones that gel with the coach and let the coach do their job. We are very fortunate in that we have very good athlete retention and we are even more lucky that we get to work with these great people year after year. This is due to our communication skills with the athlete, doing a good job of course in planning the workouts thus they get great results and from our (the coach) ongoing committment to learning the latest proven training methods and implementing them into the training. We have many great projects in the planning stages for 2007 so keep reading. I am also looking forward our training camps next year. What do you mean yo uhaven’t signed up yet? What are you waiting for? You won’t have as much fun or get more fit at home.
UPDATE: Kaia Blu is about to crawl and hopefully will go to the Crawling World Champs for under 1 years old. She will have to beat those Germans and also the Danish are looking good this year. We call them mini Danish! ahahaha C’mon nice clean humor. I like!!!!

I don’t know

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what to write this AM. i have a bold cup of 100% Kona in front of me but am drawing a blank. I have been on a high since having some athletes do really well in some recent races. It’s great to see the hard work pay off.
today i have a busy one and won’t see the baby till the afternoon. she is growing up quick. but it’s all good as there are only 29 days left till vacation.

Intriguing

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This is about things that intrigue me with regard to people’s motivations, desires and goals within sport. What makes people want to feel pain or discomfort for 8-16 hours? Why do we feel it necessary to put ourselves through these challenges? It does not feel good while we are doing it or even right after. So why go through the pain. I believe for the most part athletes want to be seen as the best or just be seen. I know some athletes that do it for the personal challenge of bettering themselves but I think the vast majority of athletes do it to be part of a group, a click, a team if you will. How come so few athletes give credit to their wives, loved one’s or even coaches when they do well. The significant others suffered as well. They lost sleep when the alarm goes off early so the spouse can go train at an ungodly hour. The coach puts effort, thought, preparation and hopefully a little heart into coaching the athlete but I only hear a few athletes who credit the wisdom that got them gleefully to the finish line, the proverbial end of the path! Intriguing is the athlete that competes not out of wanting to compete for themselves but to stay part of a group even though the specific race is not their desire. Intriguing is just a way saying that I am interested in the way the gears work in the heads of athletes. Intriguing is knowing that we might never know what makes these gears turn in others and in ourselves!

AHHHH home!!!

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Kona was great fun but being home is really nice. same good bed, smiling baby and good family times. My training is pretty good for runing season and I am back in the gym working on my strength and agility. I ran 2x on sunday with an 11 miler in the AM and a 3.5 miler in the PM. I felt great and like focusing on a single sport now. Now I must add some tempo and threshold work and i should be good to go for a couple half mary’s. Kaia Blu is n front of me sucking on a stuffed lion toy and flipping over. She is really fun now. Post a comment if you’re reading!

Back but weary

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OK, kona to Honolulu to LA to Atlanta to Miami- don’t try this at home. got in @ 10:30PM after 25 hours of travel and sore throats and crying babies. i never want to see an overhead bin or tray table again. did you know you have to bring your seats to an upright position beofre take off and landing. i have a sore thorat and couldn’t even get in bad with the wife and baby due to the cold after not seeing them for 10 days. LOVELY!
all is well though and the world is still spinning. Petr is back home healing wounds from a 30mph crash on race day. guy still ran a 3:10 with serious road rash. jeeeez. the dynamic duo are in Oz getting ready for Long COurse World Champs, Bjorn is in Nevada getting ready for the Silverman challenge. and me, c’mon i never stop training. got a half mary coming up in december.
well off to do a bike fit and then voice over work for the Coca Cola TV show then to bed! i’m bushed!!!!

The Real Stories about IM Hawaii

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Working for the Pro athletes here and having media credentials allows me to see and hear first hand some real interesting stories. for instance: Faris didn’t get his aerobars till 10pm the night before the race check in. as i got the ride on the media truck i also know who stayed out of the draft zone on the bike and who didn’t. no names here but let’s just say that some of the top placing pros were very close together. i also know about some of the top females who will be switching to other sponsors next year. HHMMMMM I f i see any of you then ask me about details to these stories and more.

all over

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i thought i could post more but we had poor connections in our condo and there was always tons of work and running around going on. we had a great time and all is all an OK day. i tell you that Lisbeth was on fire and after looking back we know what she needs to do here to be a champion. it all stated with the swim and typically she can swim with michellie but had a tough time with choosing position and sightint. ITEM 1 to work on. the bike rocked. she made up 5:30 and had the 2nd fastest of the day. we are getting her a new bike and a new fit which Lisbeth needs bad. with that she will be first off the bike no doubt. Lisbeths run has been lacking miles but she is ready to put in more miles and the thing that REALLY was tough was that the special needs bags for the run were at miles 18 and not at halfway so she could not get her 2nd camelbak which she needs AS SHE LOSES A KILO OF FLUIDS per 30-40:00. so that was the end after not getting those fluids. she will rock the Long Course World Champs in Oz in 3 weeks and then IM Western Oz 2 weeks after that. watch for her. AJ had a good time here of 8:47 for his first Kona and feels he can do better next year. it will be a tough balance as he goes for his third bid for Beijing in 2008 and for Kona. more later.

Twas the night before….

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the athletes are now asleep as I write this and all the bags are packed up, the bikes checked in, the fluids in the freezer. I cooked up some Parmesan cheese risotto tonight with baked tuna steak. The theme for the day is LOW FIBER. Aj had issues with fiber at IMOZ so we called up some nutrition docs down under and got the low down on fiber. No fruits or veggies or bread, cereal or oats. Just complex low fiber carbies! After dinner three of the duo’s friends from Oz came over and I could barely understand them as the accents were so thick. Good guys though and we’ll hook up tomorrow to watch the race. More race day coveragetomorrow! Check back often!
It is actually drizzling now and is only 11 hours left till showtime!

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