I am so excited about my new coach! We started working together somewhat before Chicago, but we didn’t want to change anything about my workouts leading up to the race. Dorette is here in Marin County, so we can meet and talk in person, which I love. We will even get to do some workouts together. She is a registered dietitian, which is also very attractive to me as I think nutrition is just as important as the actual workouts you are doing.
First off – I want to make sure that I say of course I do not think everyone needs a coach to run. That said, I am so interested in running and want it to be a big part of my life. It is a hobby I love. So even though I am not on the path to qualify for the Olympics and trying to be a professional athlete, I am going to benefit in so many ways from having a coach.
She will give me workouts each week and so far they are extremely specific. That makes my job much more interesting and gives me smaller goals to hit each day. She is much more knowledgable than I am about heart race zones and recovery. For example, Monday’s workout – I did the prescribed paces and she gave me feedback that I went out a little too hot because my heart rate was too high in the beginning. Then I wasn’t able to kick as much in the end of the run. That kind of specific pacing practice is so great.
We use TrainingPeaks, and app that syncs with Garmin. She puts my workouts in, and my Garmin syncs and imports the data directly to her. Then we can give notes to each other through the app. I LOVE it!
I also like having someone take the guesswork out of when to push and when to back off. In my mind, it is always push push push. I think it is harder to give ourselves permission to back off. Giving that responsibility to a coach is a great way to make sure it gets done before you are regretful that you didn’t listen to your body.
She is helping me pick goal races for next year and will help me plan other races to just practice racing as well.
As we get to know each other, I know she will be able to encourage me to push for paces that I might be afraid to try on my own. Already the workouts are something that are different and challenging, but as I try them I realize they are all within reach.
And lastly, my coach has done Ironmans and coaches triathletes. I’m not saying I’ll be signing up for an Ironman, or even a sprint tri – but I do love my new bike and want to learn to be more comfortable on it. After all, Bart Yasso has cross trained for years on a road bike!