Oh yeah, a new year

Oh yeah, so like I mentioned the other day, I got a new coach.

The whole working like 70 hours a week and at random hours of the night and managing lots of other people made it hard to also think about training and making a schedule. So, the first few talks with my new coach went something like this:

Him: What are your goals for this year?

Me: Uh, to be fast? And stuff?

Him: What races do you want to do?

Me: Alcatraz. And. Um, others?

Obviously, he thinks I’m a superstar.

Actually, the thinking about this next year that I’ve been able to muster up the brain power for seems like it’ll be a good year. I wasn’t in a happy place about (stupid, fucking) triathlon at the end of this year. I even told Steve I was going to become an ultrarunner instead. Then, he pointed out that I hate having to carry water or worry about nutrition and I refuse to go to the bathroom outdoors and I’m scared of most of nature and pretty much all animals and I hate being in the middle of nature when it’s dark (which is pretty much all ultra races), so that plan was nixed.

Which means, this triathlon thing gets at least one more year.

Here’s what I’m planning on doing. Maybe.

Oceanside 70.3

Escape from Alctraz

Vineman 70.3

TriCal’s San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz

Steelhead 70.3 (maybe)

TriCal’s Pacific Grove Triathlon

TriCal’s Scott Tinley’s

Not sure, I kind of want to do some of the sprint series too. And maybe Big Kahuna or something. I don’t know. Don’t think about it.

So, who’s doing all my thinking for me now? Well, I wanted someone local, so they would be able to see me or meet me for some important workouts and they would know the area and what was happening — no long rides in the middle of floods. I also wanted someone with some kind of expertise to help address my stupid bike fit/physical therapy problems, with the crazy knees and IT band — if we didn’t fix that then there wasn’t going to be a season anyway. And, I didn’t really want someone focused on beginners, because that’s fine, I have no problem with coaches who focus on beginners, but I don’t want to get lost in a crowd and I might have passed the beginner stage at some point.

So, I’m working with Craig Upton. And, it’s working so far. So.

Watch out 2011.

5 thoughts on “Oh yeah, a new year

  1. you should look at the Rev3 series – better payouts than WTC, better race experience, portland is totally close to you, AND you don’t have to shell out $750 for a “license”!

  2. I love the sound of your coach! A perfect fit. Here’s hoping he solves your bike-fit issues.

    I just signed up for Alcatraz today – hope to see you out there (though you’re going to finish hours ahead of me.)

  3. Great that you got a new coach–balancing all that work and trying to figure out when and what to do for training isn’t easy.

    Racing a sprint series sounds like fun.

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