Saturday, September 10, 2011

Training with...

Have you ever planned a trip to stay with a friend? I'm sure..Now how about a friend you haven't seen in years but kept in touch with? Sure! Finally, a trip to train and visit your coach 3 timezones away-coach/friend and husband you met in Jan at a race and have remained in touch thanks to twitter, training plans, email, and phone calls? Not many of us get that if we have online coaches.  Well..I did that. In July..4 days training and spending time with my coach @Kgirltris ( coach with Team PRS Fit), husband @indianabackdoc and their kids. It was a lot of fun, filled with chaos and adventure but it was something that I needed.

So my adventure started with a red eye flight after work into Louisville where Kristine met me at the airport and hence begins the adventure. All smiles and hugs, I hadn't seen her since the #RnRAZ in January but it's like nothing had changed. Headed off to make a quick stop to see her husband aka Doc at his clinic and then back to their gorgeous house where I met their wonderful kids. was nice to be around family and people again. Being a traveling nurse, I travel and live by myself. its difficult to establish friends at many places cause the staff knows that you probably will be leaving in 3 months.

First stop was the pool. This particular training was to focus on my entrance into the tri world. "belly button to the wall," "Glide" I think Kristine's hand gestures made this much easier for me to understand than just being told over a training plan.
After about 900 yds and a couple of complete flipped circles, we called it a day.

For anyone who knows Kristine and Doc, they follow a clean way of eating/way to nutrition. So for the next 4 days I would be introduced to a better, healthy way of eating to keep my energy levels up and help my training. The next day was looking at my running. I was nervous about this cause I thinking that I had been doing something wrong. Turns out.  I had been wrong. The only thing that I really needed to work out was "popping" my knees, looking forward, and hands at the hips-military style if you wish with elbows tucked in. Wow was I surprised!! Just a couple of weeks and I'm good to go.
Next we did some OW swimming with @abbazabba81-yep needed this practice since all of mine had been in a pool. The water was hot but that was ok. Great to be out practicing with others what I needed to get done.

Day 3 first we (adults) all headed to the gym. Kristine and I went through a killer weight workout. I truly miss my weights but with this being my first tri, I've been focusing alot on the bike and swim. It was a fun routine and great to have a workout partner again. So next, was headed down to the Ohio river for some just plain fun. Yes, it was hot so it was nice to be in the water just hanging out...talking..taking photos. It was a great way to end my days in the humid, hot midwest summer.

My final day was rest and just talk. Good 'ole girl and coach talk. I needed a rest. I swam not sure how much while I was there and had a blast. I was sad to leave as I was reminded of was great people they are (and their kids). My point: If you have an opportunity to train with your coach, DO IT. If your part of a team that is online, go visit. I'm sure that your coach would be glad to have you. I learned alot and will do it again. ;)