Mary and I went to the club monthly meeting last night. It's held in a local sports store so it was a good opportunity to pick up some things on our shopping lists at the same time. It turned out to be a really good time, with some excellent speakers on the topic of functional strength and how to avoid breaking down from training. It also really brought home to me how different of a place I am coming from in the sport now than when I began and used to be a member of the club. Naturally there are a wide range of abilities and experience within a tri club and that's one of the best parts - everything from multi-time Ironman to ultra marathoners to newbies. As the heavy-on-audience-participation talk about strength and our imbalances went on, I was surprised to learn that quite a few of the people around me didn't incorporate strength work into their routines or know how to do so. It was in that moment that once again I was grateful to have such a wonderful coach to do all the thinking for me! Everything the speakers were suggesting that we do, Mary and I already do! (And I have to give Mary a lot of credit for catching on a whole lot quicker than I did...I sure toiled away in those early years going nowhere for too long, but more on that later) In any event, the evening was a fun one and we learned the reward for attending a club meeting is scoring big in the monthly raffle - we both picked up some awesome prizes (mine was a free race entry!).
|I even bought a club bike kit. Because if this "big bike block" has taught me anything,
it's that you can never have too many fresh comfy pairs of bike shorts!
I'm not sure what I was thinking back then, toiling away in the pool by myself thinking that would be the answer to mastering swimming but I am glad for friends who slowly moved me in the right direction. As I swam this week, I realized how easy it is to just mindlessly do drills and not really connect that form into your regular swim. I'm grateful to my current coaches for explaining WHY we do certain drills and what they are meant to improve in my stroke. I'm able to focus on a few key points each week during all of my other swims so I can come back to lessons ready to tackle the next tweak to the stroke.
Anyway, I hope rejoining the tri club brings even more fun to my training and racing life. We put on the largest kids triathlon in the country and just added a fun new event, a chick chaser 5k, next month. I think coming at this opportunity from a more experienced place in the sport will help me get even more out of it.
In other news, TrainingPeaks officially debuted the Ambassador program today! My fellow teammates are some pretty impressive (and fast!) folks and I'm lucky to be included in their ranks.
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