I have a coach!

Has anyone been breathlessly reloading my twitter account, waiting to see when I would announce the results of my coaching search? No? Oh, well, this is awkward.

I’m stoked to say that I got word this evening that I’ve been accepted to be coached by Brian Stover of Accelerate3. He makes people go fast. I want to go fast. That’s that.

No weekly recaps because there is nothing to recap. For two weeks after Miami Man, I laid around, ate junk food, beat Call of Duty once (and am working a second time through), rested a lot, and got caught up on a lot of work. This week I’ve started running because I’m horrified as to how slow I might have become (the answer, not surprisingly, is very). But despite multiple Thanksgivings eaten and beers drank, I am now back within a pound or two of training weight… booya. In the meantime, I talked to a lot of coaches, all of whom had great things to say, and had a very hard time coming to a conclusion as to who would be best. I am confident that I made the right choice, and I’m glad I’ve been given the opportunity to train under Mr. Stover next year (and hopefully beyond).

So yea, I’m gonna go fast next year, because I’m gonna work really fucking hard. I’m pumped, and maybe a little scared. But that’s a good thing.

Miami Man Half Iron – 11/11/12

Results Here

Spoiler alert: 1st AG, 7th OA, 04:46:45

After a decent night of sleep (at least by my “night before the race” standards) I was up at 4:45a for a peanut butter bagel and some Honey Stinger waffles. Drank some water, got in the car, and got on our way. Made it down there, parked, and walked over to transition. Although I cringe every time I have to leave my bike outside over night, it is so much easier to not have to carry it in that morning… my hands are full as it is! Got my transition area set up, mean mugged all the people on my rack (all my competitors… booya!), and stretched and hung out, listening to Explosions in the Sky. Got my wetsuit on, walked over to the swim in area, handed my phone over to Kevin with instructions to live tweet the day, and off we went!

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Miami Man Race Plan

Science is about objective measurement, so it’s understandable that it has an innate bias for things that can be measured. It’s easy to put someone on a treadmill and read their vo2 max or take their blood sugar reading and say it’s low. It’s not possible to measure the mysterious workings of will. In Lore of Running, Dr. Tim Noakes promotes an alternate theory about how our bodies endure exercise. He believes that a central governor in the brain evaluates the athletic task and determines how many muscle fibers should be recruited. In the case of a run, the brain judges how far away the finish line is, compares it to past training runs, and sets a pace that, barring accidents, the body can maintain without injury. Push too hard, and the brain ramps up sensations of fatigue and pain, trying to fool you into slowing down. Once you understand this, you can reprogram yourself to go much faster. Noakes teaches us to stop giving credence to negative thoughts that are only related to how close we are to the finish line. — Eat & Run, Scott Jurek

Race plan is pretty simple. Have a nice conversation with my central governor about the distance that we’ll be racing, and slowly but quickly and surely, approach the finish line(s), remarking how fast everything is going. Bendddddddddd the central governor, and push like fucking hell.

The Week That Was – Ending 11/04/12

A full week after Sandy hit, we’re still feeling the impact of it. My parents got power back on Friday, and their clinic – which is also where my business’s internet server is run from – is still without power. I continue to remind myself that we are much more fortunate than those on Staten Island or down on the shore, but it is really frustrating to be so helpless in not being able to speed the recovery. The combination of taper week + no work to be able to be done left me really, really bored. I did get a lot of cleaning and odds and ends done around the house, including some projects I had been telling myself I’d do for months but never did. So, I guess thats good.

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