Its Ok to ‘Do What You Can’- As long as you give it ALL YOU’VE GOT!

I am 2 1/2 months in to my training for the 2016 race season and as always my days have been rife with learnings, roadblocks, small successes and lots of sweat. Having Sean Geuvremont as a coach has been such a valuable asset so far. First of all I have someone other than myself to answer to with my training. Secondly I have an outsider’s and expert opinion to guide me when things are not quite going the way I’d like them to.

For those of you that aren’t aware, not only am I training for my races this year, I am also a part time student and working 2 jobs. Time has not been on my side so far. A couple weeks ago I had another (of many) rush of anxiety around- ‘How am I going to get everything done?’- It was yet another day that felt like there just wasn’t enough hours in the day. The anxiety built as I thought about my upcoming races and my goals for this season and feeling torn between all of my responsibilities and not wanting to fail.

Post 10km Time Trial- Still smiling and feeling fast!

Post 10km Time Trial- Still smiling and feeling fast!

It was in this moment that I took a much needed step back, and re-assessed what was really going on. I was trying to hold down a training schedule that just was not conducive with my current state of affairs. I realized that maybe I don’t need 4 hour training days every day to see results. What I needed was quality work where I could focus in, get the job done and move on to the next item of the day. I immediately sent Sean an email asking to dial back and refocus so that I could rid myself of the anxiety of missing a workout. Within hours Sean replied that he was thinking the exact same thing and was thinking we should focus on “commiting to less”! To my relief he was on it and the next week I took a look at my training schedule and felt a renewed sense of confidence knowing that I CAN get the work in and still keep up with my other commitments.

It never ceases to amaze me, all that I get out of my training that has nothing to do with the physical side of things. These past 2 months I have learned that its OK to do ‘what you can’, as long as you do that with ALL that you’ve got!  My

2016 race season won’t know what hit it.

Goodbye Off-Season- My 2016 Goals and Training Plan.

Its the most wonderful time of the year… And I don’t mean the sparkly red, green and white ornaments that have been adorning Costco since Oct 1st. It is officially time for me to re-set and re-focus on what the 2016 race season has in store for me.

If 2015 taught me anything its that you can’t plan for everything, and at the end of the day all you can do is put in the work and then make it rain* (pun intended, re: IMCAN ) on race day!

Brick Wall

Goodbye 2015- Looking forward and focused on 2016.

This year I am choosing to focus my efforts on the Long Course, also known as 70.3 or Half-Iron distance. By focusing in on the shorter distance I hope to continue to get faster and stronger and more efficient at racing.

With the help of Sean Geuvremont owner of  The Commune I have set some pretty specific goals. Sean is going to work with me on the strength side of things as well as the speed and overall programming so that I am peaking when I need to peak. He has a ton of experience working with athletes and I am pretty lucky to have him as a coach and a mentor.

Here’s a look into the next couple months:

November’s programming is all about the base… building that is: 2 workouts a day starting out with mostly moderate effort and skill building stuff as well as some supplemental strength and yoga. Getting my feel back for all the elements-run, bike and swim, while taking the time to mentally get into the head space I need to be. Training for an endurance sport means training your brain as well. As Sean pointed out in our meeting yesterday, if I start pushing too hard mentally already and allowing myself to get anxious about racing, I will wear out my mind before I wear out my body.

December will look similar to November but with a bit more volume and slightly more intensity.

January will be GO-TIME– Speaking with Sean we will start this month off with some testing and get my plan set for the next couple months. With my ‘A’ race set relatively early in July. This will be a fluctuating schedule of volume and intensity training, with a focus on my main areas of opportunity- strength on the bike, more speed on the run and a faster swim.

Looking back to last years race season, it feels like it flew by. What I know is that up until now I have really just tried to figure things out along the way, and so far things have gone well. I know I can achieve what I set my mind too and I’m not afraid to set those BHAG’s (Big Hairy Audacious Goals). But I know what I don’t know and I feel excited and focused to have some new coaching support on my side. I am looking forward to updating on my progress, the wins and the misses as the 2016 season approaches!

GOALS for 2016 race season: 

PB at Victoria 70.3 on June 12, 2016.

Qualify for the ITU Long Course World Championships at the Great White North Triathlon July 3rd, 2016. 

PB at Calgary 70.3 on July 29th, 2016 (if it is still happening) 

Top 5 in my age group at Challenge Long Course on August 28th, 2016.