2007 Early Season Update

We I guess it is about time for an update, since we are already into April. It seems that the time is just flying by – wasn’t New Year’s just last week?? This season has been a little different for me so far – as work has taken more of a forefront thus far. Between the Multisports.com training camps and coaching work along with my new position as Pro Liason for North America Sports, I have been keeping very busy. It has been an enjoyable change, and one that gives me an appreciation for all that goes on behind the scenes of the various events.

We have had a number of Multisports.com camps thus far, as well as a few personal weekend clinics. One in particular gave me a great jump in my training. I had a request earlier in the year from a young up and coming triathlete (Tatiana Vertiz) to come and do a personal week of training with me over her spring break. As my plan for the early part of the season has been to concentrate more on the work side of things, this seemed to fit right in. Having been in the sport for a long time, it is always fun to be able to share the knowledge with someone that is so willing to learn. Tatiana was a breath of fresh air to my somewhat jaded view on triathlons. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, but sometimes it takes someone with an incredible interest in and excitement for the sport to just give me a little reminder. We had a great week of weather here in San Diego while Tatiana was here so the training was awesome. I even introduced her to a couple of my new found favorite things to do – paddle boarding and mountain biking!!!

I have been spending more time on my mountain bike this spring and have been really enjoying it. My plan is to test the waters in a local Xterra race here in Temecula on May 20th which should be interesting. My skills have definitely improved, but there is still a long way to go to be even in the same zip code as the Xterra athletes. I have always said that athletes that are at the top of their sport whether that be Xterra racing, mountain biking, swimming etc are there for a reason. They are there because of their hard work, determination and let’s not forget, talent. I have no delusions that I am going to go into an Xterra race and be anything more than average. And, to be honest, this is part of the allure of the event – no expectations, just getting in a great workout and having fun.

The other sport that has become one of my favorite things to do is paddle boarding. It has been great to get out on the water, without really being in the water. Again, as with mountain biking, I am pretty average when it comes to paddle boarding, but that is the fun part of it. I am a paddle boarding nerd!!! Just like a newby to any sport, I am keen to learn all the training tips and techniques. Paddling has taken priority over getting to the pool – which is going to have to change sometime soon. My hope is that the added strength I have gained from paddling with transfer over to swimming – I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Last weekend I had my first official race as the Pro Liason at the Ford Ironman 70.3 California race here in Oceanside. We had an incredible field of 70 professional athletes competing – probably one of the largest fields you will see in any of the races this season. It was interesting to be on the other side of things and watch the athletes get ready for the race and then compete. Because I am not anywhere near the shape I need to be in to be competitive in a 70.3 race, I enjoyed watching. There was part of me that wanted to be out there, but that will be after I get in a little better shape. Next it is off to the Ford Ironman Arizona which is next weekend. Again, I will be behind the scenes helping out the professional athletes. My time will come later in the season when I plan to be at the start line of Ironman Canada. This is one race that I have never done, but have always wanted to do. Penticton holds a special place for me as Roch and I used to spend quite a bit of time there in the late 80’s. It has been over 15 years since I have been there, so to finally compete there in the 25th Anniversary race will be a lot of fun.

One main change for me this season is that I will be wearing NEWTON running shoes (www.newtonrunning.com), which I am very excited about. The whole idea behind the shoe is to allow athletes to become more efficient runners by facilitating forefoot running. Being a forefoot runner already, I find that the NEWTON shoes allow me to run how I want to, and that is up on my forefoot. The less time that an athlete’s feet spend on the ground, the faster and more efficiently they will run – makes sense to me. I have done a couple of road races in the shoes – and they are great. The shoes just really make you want to run fast!!! You can check out the Newton running shoes at the website above, and you can test them out at EXPO’s of all the North America Sports events this season.

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