Thursday, May 25, 2006

Thursday 5.25.2006 - things are changing

This past week has been pretty interesting for me. First of all I have had time to reflect on my race performance. I am definitely happy with pulling off a second place at a pretty big event, but there is a lot of room to improve.

here are a couple things:

1. the swim - i need to swim harder. My goal in this race was to just cruise and not get caught up with any body. I accomplished this goal, but at the same time didn't really race in the swim. The guy that beat my already had a 2+ minute advantage coming out of the water.

2. T1 - it went good except for my mountain bike shoes. My current shoes have a wrap around tongue and can make them hard to get into with wet feet. I am in the process of getting new shoes so this won't be an issue again.

3. the bike - just push harder and stay on two wheels.

4. t2 - i had trouble getting out my shoes and got passed in transition by a guy in my age group. i was able to drop him in the run but that won't always be the case. Again... I am getting new shoes.

5. The run - just run harder. Once again I still had quite a bit left in the tank after the race.

The other significant thing that happened this week is that I have decided to start working with a coach. My new coach has won both the Xterra Amatuer world championships and Nation championships. He is currently racing pro on the Xterra circuit, trying to make the 2008 olympic team, and I feel he can get me to the next level. The next couple of months should be very interesting for me. I have already seen the plan I am going to be on for the next couple weeks and it's going to push me harder than I have worked so far. I can't wait.

next race: Xterra East Championships - Richmond, VA


Habeela said...

Amazing! Absolutely amazing! So you think this new coach will be better than the last one? What was the other guy's qualifications? Shoe shopping...always a fun thing to do. :)

Guernsey Man said...

Nice, did Jim see you race at Xterra? I saw he double flatted. I think Jim is a perfect fit for you. He seems to have the same strengths as you do. Let's see it took him 2 years to go from rookie to pro and hopeful Olympian, hmm, think his student can do the same?

Rachel said...

I think it's great that you are evaluating your performance (even though you creamed the field). Just remember with the coach know yourself better than anyone. Obviously what you have been doing is working so be very proactive and involved with the coaching process. Just don't let the coach tell you whatever they want. I'm sure you won't. It's just that your past races have been SO amazing.

Barb said...

Jdub, the new coach sounds Perfect! I'm sure he will have lots of experience to share with you.

I love watching your progress! Wish I could go watch you in Hawaii!! Isn't Ironman the week prior to Xterra? Would be a blast to see both! Dream vacation!

Anonymous said...

best regards, nice info
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