So, now I am just like all of those professional athletes. I have a coach. Yes…fat, slow, old, severely amateur, clumsy, Jeley, has a coach. What does it all mean? I feel a bit like a poser. I mean, I just did my first triathlon 3 weeks ago, and now I have a coach. I am never going to compete for an Age Group podium (at least not for 20 more years, when the rest of my AG have expired). I am never going to qualify for Nationals (or Worlds for that matter).
Why does a guy that already works out 12 hours per week need a coach? What would I gain from having someone tell me what to do, rather than me reading a book and figuring it out for myself? Well, for one, I feel that I am better at being accountable to a plan somebody else has put together? It would be easy to say, the motivation to follow the plan given to me by my coach is due to paying for it. But, that is not me…I don’t stick with something purely because I paid for it. Once the money is gone, it’s gone. I am not a remorseful buyer. The thing that motivates me that I can’t get internally is the need to please people and to not let them down.
When I look at my training plan for the next week, I get exited to start on it. I want to please my coaches by showing them that I can handle what they put in front of me, and that the plan is paying off. I follow it as close to the letter as is practical. I want my coaches to get as much satisfaction out of their plan being put to good use, as I want the satisfaction of going faster and farther, with the ultimate payoff being a successful race.
I started monthly training plans with Wannatri Coaching 2 weeks ago and my first race under their tutelage is this coming weekend . My major goal for the year is to compete in and finish the Soma Half Triathlon in October.
All I can say is with my new better focused focus, some watchful eye’s keeping me on the right course, and some stronger legs and bigger lungs; the back of the 40-44 Age Group better watch out, cause they are about to get further back.