After work today I'm driving down to Baltimore to attend the USAT Level 1 coaching clinic. Mapquest says it will take me a little less than 4 hours but I expect to stop for dinner somewhere along the way. Even though I'll probably be the fattest person there, I'm looking forward to this class and have high hopes of actually learning something.
Lunches are included during the 3 day class (I'm imagining something healthy with a class of triathlon coach wannabees and the class itself including sessions on nutrition) but I have to fend for myself for dinner. Fortunately on Saturday night there is a baseball game nearby at Camden Yards so I might have to stop by to find some stadium grub while I check out some baseball. My wife mentioned that she used to think amazing that whenever I travel a baseball game just happens to get in the mix. "Used to" are the operative words.
I'm bringing a bike and my Computrainer. I hope to do a small ride in the hotel on the trainer one night and if everything works out I may swing by Cambridge, MD on the way home to ride the 56 mile Eagleman70.3 bike course on Sunday afternoon. That will tell me where I am at physically more than anything else.
After this weekend I'll have to take and pass a test to become a USAT certified coach. There is a time limit on completing the test (it is a take home test - yes!) but I normally take tests well (as long as there isn't a threshold running test involved). I'm not really doing this for the certification but I figured I should get it if I can since one never knows, do one?
P.S.: I wonder if there will be any questions on the test about the dinner options at the baseball game?