My recent blog post on why I've decided to not keep my USAT/L1 certification up to date does not mean that I do not value coaching. In fact, I highly value coaching and believe the right coaching relationship can both be rewarding to the coach while allowing athletes to obtain results that they most likely would not have achieved on their own (case in point, yours truly, an old fat gimpy guy that finishing an Ironman). I originally expected to mosey a bit for the beginning of this year with reengaging with my coach in the March time frame. I would do athletic stuff more for fun that for any goal or purpose.
The reality is that I felt a little lost. Another reality is that I've been gaining weight. I know what I had to do but wasn't doing it. I needed more structure. I needed accountability. I wasn't proud of how I felt but I realized that feelings actually count some times.
So I decided to reengage earlier than planned with Mike. I sent him an email to see if he actually wanted to continue with me as one of his athletes (coaching is a two way street - Mike limits the number of athletes he coaches since he wants to have enough bandwidth to focus on each individually). I explained my goals for this year (actually improve on the run, crush a couple of longer distance bike rides/races, set myself up for a strong HIM in July, and to figure out the second half of 2012 when I find out if I get into NYC26.2). He said let's start Jan 1.
Mike typically crafts my training plan a week at a time to adjust on how I am doing. He posted the first week's plan on New Year's Eve with a casual ride for Saturday. I wound up riding my mountain bike outside since the weather was sort of cooperating.
645AM New Years Day morning I had an email from him asking if I had data to upload from either the ride the day before or the run scheduled for NYD. I needed accountability and I got it. Just what I needed.