On Tuesday I did my first training test for Coach Sharpie... my HR test. After what seemed like a plethora of mishaps leading up to it (I won't tell you about all the things that should have pointed me in the direction of doing it another day), I found myself at the track doing my prescribed workout. In the pouring down rain.
But it went well, despite some technological mishaps (I'm telling you, someone must have been doing voodoo on me somewhere in the world...) but I was able to get the numbers that Sharpie wanted. Success.
post, I got an Endorphin Warrior Training Bracelet recently with my chosen word and new motto for 2012... BELIEVE.
And I do believe in the process. Even after getting my HR zones and being told where I will be training for the next few weeks, I didn't freak out (okay, I kind of freaked out a little, but it wasn't bad). I believe that Sharpie knows her stuff. I believe that she's going to make me a better athlete. I believe that she will teach me a million things in the process.
And after talking to Tom about it all over lunch, today's "aha" moment came (I think I'm going to have a lot of these working with Sharpie). So for the last three or four years, I've done no heart rate training. None. I have a great watch with all the functions of HR training, but I don't use it. Our training has always been together, with me going hard in hopes of "getting better" and Tom along side of me, never seeming to put out as much effort. I always said to him "you are holding back to train with me and you'd be so much better if you just went at your pace", but he never left my side. Come race day, I've not had the ability to go hard without dying. Tom gets faster with what seems like little effort in training. It baffled my mind for so long. And yet, after one conversation with Carole and it all makes sense. You see, he's been cooking his crust at a slow, even pace. He's building his aerobic engine every time we train together.
And now it's my turn to make my crust better. I haven't even really full on started training with my coach (that "officially starts" on Monday), but I already see what I've been missing. It's going to be a great year.
I do believe.
And yes Sharpie, game on!