|George would be bummed.|
Early last week I found out I owe more tax than I had originally thought. WAY more. This, of course, is not good and Mary is (understandably) on a tear. I'm being (rightfully) reigned in. One of the things that will not make the final cut of our financial inquisition is the coach. As a result I'll be self coaching myself through Oceanside and Coeur d'Alene. Although nixing the coach is the correct decision globally, my micro world of triathlon is being turned upside down. I'm not really knowledgeable enough to do this on my own. Sure, I've helped a few people here and there through the coachme.com site. But this "help" was much more basic and geared towards athletes who wanted to finish their first sprint triathlon. My needs are a bit more complex - I'd like to finish Oceanside with a respectable time and I want to finish Coeur d'Alene standing up and alive.
Disappointed? Yes. Dettered? No. The circumstances are what the are and there's nothing I can do about it except move forward. I'm currently 24 weeks out from Oceanside and 36 weeks out from Couer d'Alene. Tomorrow I leave for New York City for the week. Though I won't be able to get that much training in past a couple of morning runs in Central Park and a couple of evening gym sessions, I will have time to do the research and select the plan I will use to self coach. And when I get back it will be go time.
I've reviewed a couple of 36 week Ironman plans already. I'll spend this week drilling down on each and then pick one, slim it down by a week to start on October 24th and then figure out how to best modify it to execute for Oceanside. I'm not concerned about missing the week, I wasn't going to start with the coach until November 1st anyway. What I am concerned about is building Oceanside into the plan. Like I said, my knowledge and experience has it's limits. But people have race schedules like this all the time and I'm sure with enough research I will find an answer that works.
|Coeur d'Alene Swim Start|
So that's the news - I'll be formally starting Ironman training in a week, but I'll be doing it solo.