Saturday, November 7, 2009

Shoulder-ing More Training

This week was one of my best weeks yet.

I do have some bad news. My shoulder (while being "ahead of schedule") is still not 100%. I swam 2,050 on Tuesday. I thought it was fine. Wishful thinking. On Wednesday I could feel my shoulder aching and moving a little as I swam 1,000. Nuts. I'll give it another two weeks and go back to kicking in the pool.

The good news is that my cycling and more importantly running will get more time. I am keeping all of the heart rates down in true "Mark Allen zones". The good news is that I am able to ride at my FTP and still be in the right heart rate zone.

Lastly, I am doing an "extreme home makeover" on my diet. I'm going radical. No, I'm not on Atkins or South Beach. I'm working with a USOC nutritionist who I am friends with. I'll keep you posted as to the results. If it works out as planned, we should see the difference in April.

Time to ice up the shoulder after workout.

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Public Appearance & I am Asked to Talk

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.” - Bob Hope

I have been teaching Spinning and indoor cycling classes for 11 years. I have been coaching athletes since 2001 back when I knew everything there was to know about how to have a great Ironman experience. (tongue firmly in my cheek) The thing that really gets me moving is motivating others. I love it.

One of the people I encouraged to try new things was a woman named Mary Beth (MB) Sammons. She was kind of nervous about going to spinning. Didn't know much about cycling (indoor or outdoor) and like a lot of people is extremely busy in life. In one of my classes she had one of those "break through" moments. Little did I know (but actually could have guessed) that my friend Andrew (also an instructor) was encouraging MB as well. MB got the idea for a book about people helping others and making a difference in the world. One of those people she selected is me.

I'm honored to be in the book. When we started to work on the ALS spin-a-thon (now called "Cycle for ALS") it was because my friends and I felt compelled to do something where so many had done nothing. My coaching philosophy is the same. Many coaches will train you, but they fail to give you critical information to have a good experience and mentally enjoy the fruits of your labor regardless of outcome. This may be the reason I like working with "Biggest Loser" type athletes a great deal. Once you get past all the unique challenges they face you talk about the joy of being in the race. I think that gets lost in the top age group level of racing. What a terrible shame.

Tomorrow at 3:30 pm at the Oak Brook Barnes & Noble store you can meet MB and I and we will talk a little about what we learned and how it can help you in your pursuit of triathlon, business and personal excellence.

I hope you can enjoy it with us.