first, what an awesome day my friends had out at Ironman Arizona today! i had a blast watching from my computer and couldn't be more stoked for Linsey, Tatiana, Caroline and all the other amazing san diego atheletes.
ok, back to me! :)
so, i spent 2 years messing around and figuring that just getting out there and swim/bike/running on a consistent basis and occasionally jumping into workouts with other people way faster than me would eventually make me faster. and it did. to an extent. but here i am 2 years later and realizing that
a) i'm not going to get that much faster just messing around and
b) ironman is no joke. especially the hilly one i signed up for in st. george, utah on may 1, 2010.
here is the bike profile. ouchi have some friends who have gone out and rode/run the course and they say they bike course is tough, but the run is tougher. double ouch.
so, i put on the big girl pants, and have sought out some help. enter coach dirk. he is very german. he is fast. he is local! he coaches fast people (exhibit a) & (exhibit b). when i first decided it was time for the coach, i was quite nervous and a bit sad. nervous, d'uh- he's going to kick my ass. sad, mostly, becuase i will no longer be allowed to just hop onto any random chat session like those i regularly enjoy with my lovely girlfriends katya, colleen, & caroline.
but today, as i clung on to the tail end of the group ride and accepted charity pushes/shoves by the team Jamba Juice guy up all the climbs, i was quite glad. because when coach Dirk asked me my "Goals" for 2010. my first one, above ALL others, is to not suck on the bike so badly that i can't properly enjoy a fall group ride (that was not a smashfest for anyone but myself. they were all chatting away and i was DYING). goal number 2 i sent to coach Dirk was to podium at st. george and qualify for kona, of course- no big deal. yeah yeah, i know...but hey- THINK BIG! and write it down. Oprah and the guy from P90x would both agree. write it down. but, i digress.
anyhow, bring it!