I love being apart of an athlete’s success. Seeing them execute on race day is a thrill, whether finishing a new race distance, setting a personal best, or smashing their expectations. I feel as excited about the result as they do, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to help athletes along their personal journey.
One of my athletes raced IRONMAN 70.3 Austin last month, his first attempt at the distance. His result? He smashed his pre-race goal by more than 35 minutes! He executed brilliantly on race day. I’m extremely proud of his performance.
After the race, he offered these reflections about his experience:
At some point in time earlier this year, I, with pressure from a longtime friend and triathlete, made the impulsive decision to sign up for the IRONMAN Austin 70.3. Up until that point, the longest races I had completed were two half marathons and an Olympic distance triathlon. Two years ago, I went into the Olympic distance race physically, mentally and practically unprepared. Although I finished the race, I was disappointed with my overall performance. In order to avoid a similar experience this time around, I decided to reach out to Craig to have him serve as my coach for the months leading up to the 70.3. These past few months have been a great experience. Somewhere along the line, Craig even coached me through another Olympic distance race that turned out to be a very valuable experience for the larger goal of Half IRONMAN. While it was initially difficult to transition from my haphazard, twice-a-week workout schedule into training six days a week, Craig truly tailored his workouts to match my life schedule. Craig’s work outs were always thought through to be focused on quality and not quantity. Without his expertise, I would have been simply swimming, biking and running. With his expertise, I was doing drills, stretches and weight-bearing exercises in addition to normal training that functioned to simultaneously capture my strengths and improve upon my weaknesses. Beyond the workouts themselves, Craig offered great advice on how to deal with minor injuries, how to eat right for best performance (which I’m still working on) and how to be practically prepared for long training sessions and for race-day. Prior to the big day, Craig and I had a discussion about making sure to continue to “check-in” mentally with myself about all the small things. By focusing on all the small things, I was able to successfully take on the big race. This advice has translated to day to day life as well. With regard to the Austin 70.3 – I finished well below my goal time, and plan to do more races in the future.