Friday, October 17, 2008

Going Solo

Yup. You guessed it. Holly and I have been crunching over our finances for the year and it looks like we'll have to cut some luxuries (what luxuries?) in order to make ends meet. With that in mind, I'm going to have to coach myself this season.

I called Jim today and broke the news to him. He was very understanding and offered to consult during the season if I think I could use some help. What sucks is that I'm going to have more time this year to train than ever before. Once Fall quarter is over, I'll be taking one class per quarter, that's it! Talk about lots of free time for huge training! Kinda bitter sweet: tons of time for physical destruction and no money to pay a coach to beat me up. Dammit.

So I'm going it alone. I'm sticking to the Training Bible philosophy and I'll be using the Training Peaks Virtual Coach software for direction, but the weekly hours and workout arrangment are totally up to me. Scary.

Speaking of training, I got back into it this week. So far I feel good (I forget how sore lifting makes me; ouch!) and the calf is holding up. I'm going in for a massage today and it looks like I may have a hook up so I can get one every month, stay out of the poor house and keep up with the volume planned.

Oh yeah, volume. Without going into too many details, I'm going BIG this year. A BIG Base period and some SERIOUS time goals for key races. I figured I have the time and the race experience to make it happen, so it's time to get serious; and I mean train like it's my job serious. I know I have the talent and the training plan to race with the bign boys and it's time my commitment matched matches my talent.

I have a unique opportunity this year with the amount of time I'll have to devote to training and I'm not letting it slip away. It's go time.


P.S. I turned 33 on Thursday. Happy Birthday to me! Too bad I had midterms this week. D'OH!


jameson said...

Don't sweat it too much dude... Jim's a great coach and teacher so I am sure he armed you with a ton of knowledge. It's definitely tough coaching yourself. Just make sure ask for other peoples opinions. Having some one look at your training from the outside is priceless.

When it's time to put in some big miles over the winter you know who to call!

Happy b-day... let's get some beers when i get back from maui.

Luke said..., i thought 24 solo!

anyway, self coached...more drinkin money! hah!

you'll get it this year and never look back. look forward to training with ya!

btw...i've never forked over a dime for a coach...but read every book there is!

Girl on a Bike said...

Happy late Birthday!