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!!!!
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.
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!
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!
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!!!!
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.
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.
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!
it is now friday before the race and i have been here 3 days. i was hired by IM Brasil champion Lisbeth Kristensen and her boy friend Andrew Johns (AJ) to help them with support for the race. The duo are awesome people and very polite and gracious. AJ is a two time Olympic triathlete and placed 5ht at IM Austrilia this year. I am also working with 2006 IM Malaysia Winner Petr Vabrousek as I am his manager. My tasks here are:
- Meet with exisiting and potential sponsors
- Massage and stretch the three atheltes
- Bike mechanic
- all around gopher
I like this kind of stuff so it is fun work. I went out on AJ and Lisbeths last tough ride and DAMN they are goos especially Lisbeth. The last 30:00 of the ride was supposed to be at 300-330 watts and I blew a tire after a few minutes (there will be lots of that in the race as there are sharp stones littering the road from the earthquake). AJ told me she rode for 30:00 at 44K per hour and was just on fire. Lisbeth is a seriously good cyclist and stronger then some Pro guys so watch for her up front. I’ve also swam with them twice and that is loads of fun as they are great to draft off of. I have hung out with many Elite pre race and many of them are stressed out fanatics but these two are super calm and collected. Today is cloudy and calm winds but the Hawaiian Wind Gods typically strike viloently on race day!So look for them on race day!
bottom line is that the athlete should know the course. i didn’t know the whole course obviously and on the second loop of the bike i realized i left off about a mile on the first loop so i had to DQ myslef. to be honest, no one probably might have known but i would have known and i can’t cheat to do well. it was a tough swim with high winds in the 30 knot range creating a turbulent water and with my lack of meters in the water recently i suffered, oh yeah but the suffering was fun and good and after a quick transition i was in the top 12. the bike rocked, i felt real good, that is until i realized i went off course. oh well look at me now, sitting in the Atlanta airport kicking it with CNN and a 10 hour flight to Kona. just great. bad food and a lot of the most unhealthy people i hav ever seen. TREADMILLS EVERYONE, they’re made for a reason. anyone that reads this and mentions the password: blog to me will get 10% off any of 2007 multisport camps. 2007 will rock.