Thursday, December 17, 2009

The First Days

Sorry my blog has been so quiet this week.  I have been crazed trying to get all the Christmas stuff done.  I'm getting closer each hour, but something had to give, and, unfortunately, it was trimommylife!!

Anyway, despite being a crazy busy week, it has also been an exciting week because I started with my new coach on Monday.  Her name is Mary Eggers at Train-This Multisport Coaching, and she came to me via my blog, believe it or not!  I know a triathlete in Syracuse who trains under her, so when I found out she had a blog way back in July or so, I started following her and commenting every now and then. Well, you know how the bloggy world is very small, so she started commenting every now and then on my blog as well.  Then I wrote this post about how I had lost my training rhythm, and she left a comment about how she might be able to help.

Well, help she did!  Mary offered to take me on this season as a scholarship athlete!  I was floored by her generous offer, and now, I can only hope to make it worth it for her!!  Besides the fact that she is a coach, she is also a phenomenal triathlete in her own right.  She is always working to get better herself, and that is one of the things that really attracted me to her.  She works hard and practices what she preaches!!  Her philosophy of running is also very closely matched to my (developing) philosophy, and she strongly encourages the POSE method and barefoot running!  We are really like a match made in heaven, if I do say so myself.

Being coached really changes things for me.  The biggest change is that I do not have to work so hard at figuring out what I should be doing...Mary does that for me now!  Now, my job is to listen and trust her, and push myself to new levels!  It is also a little scary, because I think now I have no excuses.  I really believe that she can help me find my potential, and that is so exciting, but scary...what if it hurts...what if I'm not as good as I think I am....what if I'm better than I think I am...what if...what if...

For now, I will not worry about the what ifs, I will just put my head down and get the work done.  I'm already seeing a difference in my running since I started barefoot running, and I'm looking forward to seeing the changes that will come in my cycle since the new bike fit. 

As for this week, Mary is keeping me pretty light, BUT I actually did some strength yesterday for the first time in a very long time.  Quite a few people asked me what I was doing in there, and today, oh today, I am paying for that layoff.  I am quite sore just about everywhere.  It's all good though...


  1. Congrats, I love coaches, they take all the guess work out and make training so much more simplier.

  2. How exciting about the coaching! I have never had a coach, but have always considered it.

  3. Very exciting! This is a great next step and will surely make a difference. For me, it's been helpful to have an 'outside' perspective on my training.

  4. AW! That's Much too kind! Believe me the honor is MINE!

  5. Congrats on getting coached!

    Plus, having a coach that reads your blog already and gets insight into how things are working for you beyond just the training updates is PRICELESS.


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