02/26/13

Increasing the Training Load

The last couple weeks have felt a bit different than the last couple years of training.  Which is good after a humbling experience in Panama.

Before going into the Panama, I knew I needed to shake things up after the race and get a new coach.  I didn’t know who to go with, but I had a few people in mind that I wanted to talk to when getting back from my trip.

Before leaving for Panama, I made a detour to Tucson, AZ for an FCA camp.  When a friend of mine asked me to go, I was a little hesitant from a financial perspective since if I don’t work I don’t get paid since going PRN at the hospital.  However, I decided that 2013 was going to be different for me and not be so conservative with money.  I figured that the opportunity that I have now won’t be here forever and I should take advantage of it.  With that thought process, I found myself boarding a plane to Tucson before going to Panama and spent a week out there.

While I was there, I met a coach named Brian Grasky who is a lot like me (a big numbers person, likes using power meters for training, but also laid back).  He also race professionally for a bit before getting injured and was forced into an early retirement from the sport.  I was able to talk to him before leaving for Panama and we worked out the logistics of coaching.

Fast forward to the week I got home from Panama and I found my training load increasing, which is exactly what I wanted and felt I needed.  I went PRN at the hospital to allow me more time to train properly and recover better.  Brian did a fantastic job picking up where I was at training-wise and got me on course for making 2013 a successful season.  My training hours have jumped from mid-teens to low 20’s right now, and I expect them to slowly increase to the mid-20’s eventually.

I have increased my time in the pool to 4 or 5 days per week and also running/cycling about one more day per week as well.  In just three weeks of this, I’ve noticed some improvement.  For example, in masters a couple days ago we had to do a few 200 meters all out and I completed them about 2 seconds faster than I could before leaving for Panama.

The feedback I get from Brian is fantastic as well.  It’s refreshing to have that communication.

Even though it wasn’t the smartest thing to not work for a pay period (no pay check for a month sucks!), I feel that God had a purpose for me to go to FCA Endurance camp for several reasons.  I was able to get to know some friends from Louisville better and spend some time with them outside of organizing local events and training.  I was also blessed by all the friends that I met out there during the week and also was able to meet my new coach and spend time with him before he knew I was looking for a new one.

I looking forward to working with Brian more in the future, and hopefully make one or two trips out to AZ this summer for some training and testing.

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