Monday, April 22, 2013

Ready, set, train!!!

Nope, that is not a postcard, that is a pic from my balcony where I just spent the past two weeks of my life. Cancun, Mexico. Amazing scenery, weather, hospitality and fun. I have been going there the first part of April for the past 18 (yikes!) years of my life. It is my home away from home, something I look forward to every year and I feel some serious sadness when I leave. But the sadness doesn't last too long- when I return it is "usually" spring in Chicago and time to get busy.

Yes, waking up the morning after my Cancun trip in my own bed is my signal that training season is here. When I was in high school it marked the start of the long course summer season. A time of outdoor practices, warm summer nights and swim meets all over the Midwest. Once I turned into a triathlete it meant outdoor rides, the start of my training plan and switching my brain into summer mode; more clients and less excuses.

This year is even more special as I build my own business and embark on my training for Ironman Wisconsin. I have built a pretty amazing clientele, each with their own individual goals and aspirations for the summer. I want nothing more than to help them achieve these. I also have my own goals, my biggest one being to train the heck out of this season and have a great race on September 8th.

It's pretty easy to get motivated after two weeks of overindulging and visualizing getting into the best shape of your life. Right now I am ready to go. I won't be giving a play by play of my workouts ( unless I fall off the treadmill and smack my face:) but I will post about the highs and lows of Ironman training.

Get ready, people, it's going to be a great season!

-Coach A

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston XOXO

Maybe it just seems like it, or maybe the world is really getting worse.  Whichever it is, it's sad to say that watching events such as yesterday's in Boston is becoming all too commonplace.   I will admit that some events don't even effect me and politely ignoring them is the way I cope.  However, yesterday's events have effected me.  Hard.  I can think of dozens of reasons why, and to make myself feel better, I will write.  Writing it down gives me clarity, helps me feel better and helps me to move on.

Maybe this is so upsetting because at 2:03 pm in Chicago yesterday I received a text from a dear client and friend who was at the finish line in Boston.  It read "oh my god explosions."

Maybe it is because finish lines are one of my happiest places to be.

Maybe it is because another client and friend had finished the marathon and I waited 30 long minutes after the explosions to hear from her.

Maybe it is because she ran her best marathon time by 6 minutes and no one even cares anymore.

It could be because I lived a few blocks from that site for two years of my life. 

It could be because I have cheered for marathon finishers in that exact spot.

It could be because I have been a spectator at countless events over the years.

It could be because I have dragged THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN MY LIFE to come watch me race.

Perhaps it is because the lowest moment of my life was at MGH, where many people are probably experiencing that feeling right now, tenfold.

Perhaps it is the mere thought of walking into the lobby of MGH that makes my heart race.

But I really think it is because this is MY world.  OUR world.  Any athlete understands what I mean.  Day in and day out I train for, prepare people for, talk people into and cheer people along their path to a finish line.  This is my life.  Our life.  And it has been invaded by someone or some people who are clearly so opposite of yesterday's participants and spectators.

They are not going to stop us.  We will continue to train towards finish lines, and now they have made them that much sweeter to cross.  And if there is anything I have learned over the years from tragedy, it is that those who come out of it are stronger, closer and tougher than you could ever imagine.

-Coach A