When I was training for Ironman, I made the decision to NOT get a coach for a number of reasons.
Ultimately, I was confident that I would be able to finish an Ironman, and finishing in a respectable time would be gravy. Do I think I trained to my potential? Not really, but honestly, there is something to be said about training yourself to finish an Ironman that has a certain pride associated with it. I had an amazing experience during my 8 months of training that I wouldn't trade that for anything.
But training for Race Across America, that is something that is just a little different. How do you train for a trans-continental endurance race? Bike a lot? For sure. I also heard that the training was unorthodox (as if any training was orthodox).
I was very fortunate to be asked to attend a graduate program at UCSD that started this past fall that will go through fall of 2009. I also met a very special lady a few months back. I was (and still am) a little concerned about balancing it all (maybe I need to take some notes how these two do it!). I needed some help developing a master training plan to help me prepare myself for RAAM, and to bring my A-Game for Wildflower Long Course this year against Damian and Paul!
Infrastructure Upgrade #1: Coach: Chuckie V
I have been following Chuckie's blog for about a year now. I totally dig his writing, perspectives, and knowledge. Oh, and his athletes generally seem to kick ass. There are a number of other reasons why I chose him, but really, it just seemed like a natural fit for my 2009 goals. Nothing much more to add other than that.
Infrastructure Upgrade #2: Wireless PowerTap
Damn my coach for making me get one expensive gadget!
I am not gonna lie - I don't know shit about PowerMeters, and am not even sold on how they can help. But, Coach nearly insisted, and who am I to argue? For any newbies out there who are curious to see what its like to train with a PM, check into the blog since I would like to educate people like myself who simply have no clue.
Although I do have my concerns about doing everything this year, I am totally pumped for what lies ahead over the next 5.5 months!
Bring it on!