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For The Coach...

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In the past year I have achieved so much in the sport of triathlon. Yes; I’ve done the training needed to get me where I am but; but I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my coach Heather Leiggi. Though I should be taking most of the credit; Heather deserves a smidge of the credit for giving me some real good challenging workouts as part of my training plans. I wouldn’t be where I am in so many areas without her. So Heather; here we go, a blog post dedicated to an all -time favorite coach. Unlike most triathletes; I had never even heard of Heather and I didn’t know who she was. Through the Tri Equal Equally Inspiring Team, I was matched with Heather as my coach as I got ready to take on Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City mid-September 2017. I was coached by Heather through the Equally Inspiring Team from June 17th to September 17th; when I completed Atlantic City. Because the match was so wonderful; I knew I wanted to continue having Heather coach me. A little bit about Heather fi…

Tis The Season...

To start getting my butt in gear for my 2018 Triathlon Season. In FIVE weeks I will be tri-ing for the first time this season in Bear Delaware. I'm so ready to go short this this triathlon season. I'm doing two sprints and one olympic distance triathlon. The training by any means won't be easy; but I know Heather's training plans will get me ready to succeed. I just finished my first week back to regularly scheduled training. I had one rest day, three swims, three bikes, three runs, and two strength workouts. Workouts went real well to be honest. My rest day was annoying; as it usually is. I had three smooth and calm swims; even though there was plenty of FAST sets where I had to sprint to the best of my abilities. Of my three rides this week; two were done outside, one had to be done on the trainer. I've been out on my Zoom 2.0 (my triathlon bike) plenty since getting him last November; but I'm finally feeling more comfortable in my aerobars and especially whe…

New Jersey Marathon 2018 Highlights

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For close to a week now I've been trying to type up a race report from the 2018 edition of the New Jersey Marathon. For an odd reason; I have been unable to put my thoughts together and write up a long detailed race report. Instead I'm going to do a highlights post with pictures. Finding out a packet pickup that my race number had the number 4 in it. My bib was 1641. Most may not know this about me but 4 is my lucky number. Packet Pickup and the Race Expo was held at Monmouth Park; which is the horse race track in Monmouth County New Jersey. It was small and quiet but it's always fun walking around there and seeing everything Jersey Shore and horses. Seeing my dad at many points of the marathon. Dad was worried race morning that I would get cold because it was in the low 50s and a little drizzly at the start. By the time I started to run; the drizzle went away and it became overcast. When I first saw Dad around mile 8.5 it was overcast which was PERFECT. As the half …

Recovery Week...

It's been only 6 days since I finished the New Jersey Marathon and I'm very much missing all the feelings and emotions of marathon running (and training, sort of). I've had most of the week off of training; basically it's been recovery week to the fullest. The ONLY workouts I've done are ones I begged Heather for. I asked to do at least an easy swim and two easy rides. The swim was a 1000 my choice. I was very lame and non creative. I did a 200 Free, 200 Kick, 200 IM, 200 Kick, 100 Pull, and 100 Free. It felt good to swim but even by Thursday my body still was NOT fully recovered from the marathon. I told myself to take it easy; and for the first time in forever I didn't go under a 2 minute 100 meter average. On Wednesday and Friday I had a 30 minute to 45 minute easy spin on my bike. I went out both days when the temps were in the 90s. Both days I struggled a bit due to getting acclimated to the heat for the first time this year. Friday was easier physically b…

Twenty Times Twenty Six Point Two

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That's right; this past weekend I became a marathon finisher for the TWENTIETH TIME. The total number of just miles in twenty marathons; which took me twelve years (including 2014 when I was injured and ran zero marathons) equals 524 racing miles. Wow; that's a whole lotta miles. Being a twenty time marathon finisher means so much more than anyone could ever know. I had the courage to sign up; I had the discipline to train, and the will power and mental strength to make it through each one from start to finish. Sure twenty is just a number; but it's a milestone. Most of my friends; event those in the triathlon world don't even think about doing just one marathon; me I have twenty of them to my name. To have made it to the start and reached the finish is an amazing feeling. When I got home from the Jersey Shore; I had to put all 20 marathon finisher medals on my neck. Yes; my neck was like "what are you doing to me" but just seeing through all the medals wha…

Progress

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I don't know if this is what everyone else thinks; but I have made progress. The progress in my training has been huge. I haven't raced yet; but in 10 days I'll find out if I see the results I've been hoping for. It's been a LONG off-season for me; being my last race was end of October 2017. I've been training alone; in the early mornings and late in the evenings. I've followed the plans as they were written. Yes; I missed a few workouts but I got in 95% of my key workouts, mostly consisting of long runs and track workouts. My minute mile pace on my runs have blown me away. I can't remember the last time I did my 18, 19, and 20 mile runs in under an 11:10 minute mile average pace. I'm super proud of that progress. The only type of progress I need to really work on is my attitude and confidence levels. To be totally honest both have sucked majorly throughout this journey. I can't pinpoint the reason why but at least I'm aware of it. I'm…

There's Something...

About having a coach. About having training plans. About having structure. The part about having a coach; it's something special for me. It's funny how I wanted to blog about "having a coach" and now I can't even come up with words. Of the four coaches I've now had since 2007; whether individually or part of a club; she's the BEST one I've had. She doesn't have a huge load of athletes to my knowledge, so she takes time to really individualize each of her athlete's plans. Speaking of plans; I LOVE my training plans. The specific workouts I get challenge me; whether it's swimming, cycling, or running. Even though during a week of training I do the same sport week in and week out; the variety in my workouts keep everything interesting. Then there is a the part about having structure. That's why I needed a coach; I was in need of structure. Otherwise I'd be laying on the couch not knowing what to do and I'd be totally unmotivated …