Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Back in the Grind

Last week was my first week back into official Ironman training.  I was so mentally ready for this.  I took a much longer, and more serious break after this past year of racing and Ironman AZ than ever.  At times it was hard (felt sluggish, fat, tired), but others it was a breath of fresh air (sleep in, it's COLD out, another glass of wine?  yes!). While I did miss out on some of our great running races here, I felt it was time to give my body a break so that I would be totally ready to dive back into it all in January with out being burned out.  This year, for the first time ever, I signed up for two Ironman races.  At the time I signed up (again) for Ironman AZ, I honestly wasn't sure it's what I wanted, but my husband was signing up, and I'm going to be in Coeur d'Alene all summer long with beautiful summer training, so well how could I not?

After a beautiful 10 days in Mexico (really the weather could NOT have been more perfect) I was so ready to get back into a routine.  I was sleeping in until 7-8 every morning, laying around on the beach, drinking dos equis and basking in the sun.  Sure I ran, I put in a good 40+ miles, but it's just not the same.  

As I started playing around with the coaching version of Training Peaks, I realized how much I MISSED going in and seeing new fun workouts for myself.  I couldn't wait to get back!  So, when I saw my first workout for January 1st, I was stoked! Clearly not that motivated since I was a wee bit too hung over on NY day to do the actual run.  But, I was determined to have an all "green" schedule for the week, so I just switched my easy run for the harder NY day run and was off to a good start.

Unfortunately when I got home my body had other things in store.  When Saturday rolled around and my plan called for a 3k swim followed by a 3hr bike and I slept in (again) until 8am, I was off to a slow start.  I got to the pool, but was freezing and sluggish and just got through the workout.  When I came back home and crawled into bed, spending the rest of the weekend sleeping and resting I knew I just had to let my body come around on it's own.

So week 1 didn't so much happen, but week two I had another shot.  Still not feeling 100%, I sdid manage to do all my workouts and put in a solid 14hrs of training.  I strapped my HR monitor on, and quickly noticed how elevated it was.  Having a few beats high is one thing, but mine was a good 10beats high even though my effort was super easy.  It was frustrating, but I know how much I trust in the plan, and pushing past what my body was up for is not the way to start out the week.  I ended the week with a 90min easy run, which was (for me) slow, but I was super happy to have completed the week with tired muscles and a happy brain!

This week coach stepped it up a little bit and I'm loving it.  Between a full training schedule, my job, coaching, talking to new potential athletes and planning camp, I'm super busy and shockingly a lot more productive (how is it possible to waste so much time when I'm not busy??).

The year is off to a fantastic start, and each day I'm learning something new.  I'm getting crazy excited about the many adventures ahead, in particular with TeamBSC.  I find myself approaching my own training differently, thinking more about it (what would I want my athlete to do in this session) vs just doing it, and I think it's making me a better athlete.  I'm reading more, learning more and finding more ways to help my athletes benefit from their training.  I've got a couple of new athletes starting in the next month or so, and I'm just ITCHING to start working with them.

This is going to be such an amazing year!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


I've been just waiting and waiting (had to have all the ducks in a row) to write this post, but now I'm struggling to come up with the words to even describe the excitement I'm feeling.

In my previous posts I've talked about how I've morphed from a (not very good) runner, into a triathlete (by injury default), into a 13 hour Ironman (a couple times), into falling in love with the sport, the community and everything about it!  I've also talked about Michelle, and what a big impact she's had on me as an athlete, and mentor.  So much that she believes in me enough to bring me under her BatShitCrazy family, and call me a coach!

There are other people that have helped me along this journey that I believe deserve some big credit as well.  Racelab, my very first coaches.  I was 23 years old when I met them and trained for my first couple of marathons.  They were amazing.  I showed up to my first long run (2hours late, apparently didn't get the memo that it was July and 7:30 am really isn't an appropriate time to start a run in AZ) in a cotton T-shirt, old Nikes and a pair of boxers.  I learned all sorts of things that well weren't really just common knowledge like they are now (hello social media!):  long run, tempo, fartlek, speed work, RECOVERY.  They are also, in partnership with Mark Allen the coaches who taught me the ever so important role of Heart Rate Training.  Anyone who wants to work with me, will know I'm a firm believer in building that aerobic engine.  I also know how miserable it can be to slow down to an 11 min per mile pace...  Anyway, I just wanted to give a little bit of credit here to those coaches.  They are like family now, and I love and respect them all!

I had one other coach along my journey who coached me to my first BIG PR at Ironman Canada.  Lori-Lynn Leach brought a whole new kinda training concept to me (after self training for a while it was a breath of fresh air!).  I biked more (at the time) then ever in my life and found some new limits!  It was a fun year and she was awesome.

And last, but certainly not least, my friends and training partners who have given me so much support and encouragement to start coaching.  I hope they know how much their belief in me really means.  One so much that he has signed on as my first athlete to coach.  He's already worked with Michelle and understands our training philosophy, but I'm so crazy excited to get to spend this year (and hopefully more to come) kicking his ass helping him reach his goals and finding new limits for himself.

Yesterday, as our new website (THANK YOU SHANE!) was finished, Michelle announced our new TeamBSC Coaching.  I'm so excited for this journey.  Kelly and I are both new coaches starting out on this journey together.  Michelle described us pretty well on her blog post and I couldn't have written it any better.  We're all 3 people with crazy heart and love for this sport, and maybe not the most naturally talented people, but we've proven just how far hard work, and determination can go (actually, still proving that one).

Last but certainly not least I wanted to put out here that Kelly and I will be hosting a BSC training camp at the end of March.  The camp will be based in Scottsdale, AZ and will have some epic training days, specifically on the bike!  The camp will be 4 days, including a day trip to Tucson to do the infamous Mnt Lemmon Climb and ending with a 15-20 mile run through our beautiful Paradise Valley!  If you would like to join us please check out the website and contact me ASAP because we only have 3-4 spots left to fill.  If you do come to camp and are able to stick around... there may or may not be celebratory "Mnt Lemmon Drops/Shantinis" Monday!   Work Hard, Play Hard!

Thanks again everyone for their support and encouragement.  I'm in love with this sport and can't wait to start helping more people learn, grow and achieve their goals!  Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.

~ Coach Krista  :)