Almost everyone who knows me knows that I’ve been in IT since I was 21. I have a mind that is good with coming up with solutions to problems and troubleshooting problems. I took a liking to computers and such from a young age. However I find IT incredibly boring these days. As a career it’s been fun to learn some of the power behind them and what they can do and keep us connected to one another. However it’s far from rewarding on a personal level. I get no gratification from helping an IT consultant run a PowerShell CmdLet to assign permissions to a mailbox. This is something they should know how to do or figure out on their own. It’s been time for me to pursue other things that are more rewarding like helping people reach their goals either with weight loss, healthy lifestyle change, being able to run a 5K or even marathon. So what changes are going on?
Well to start I’ve enrolled to become a Health Coach. There have been several people around me who said I should become a coach. Well now I’m going after the education to actually do it. I also am circling around to my Person Training Certification. I took an educational course and just never took the test. I’ll finally be doing that this year as well. While I’ll still most likely not be able to leave the day job in IT being able to really work with people will certainly make things much better. Who knows where this is going to lead.
Training wise I’ve been doing a LOT of running and it’s been paying off. Did my California 10/20 10 mile run in 1:38:30 and felt great through the whole thing. Represented SunRype out there and gave out some samples to some fellow TCSD members. Just have to keep plugging away and keep those goals in sight. I’ve got a Ragnar going on Friday/Saturday which will certainly be interesting as I’ve never done or wanted to do one before. I don’t know how I got talked into this one. My diet during training has for the most part been pretty spot on. Able to still go out and enjoy food that everyone else indulges on and it won’t kill my performance either.
Lots of San Diego triathletes doing Oceanside 70.3 this year and I’m not joining them. I missed the registration sign up so that sent me to St. George 70.3. My old coach I used through some group training she did this year and she’s not doing it again this year. She’s an awesome coach but I just can’t afford the one on one costs. So I went with another coach which is in my price range. That’s just how it goes and I look forward to a great season. She’s also fast and local… actually within a mile of my house. Not quite sure if this is a good thing as she’ll probably want to join in on the runs and drive me to puke? Probably not.. coaches jobs aren’t to make you puke, at least intentionally anyways. I’ve never had a one on one coach that personalized my plan. It’s always been through a group or web-based. So I’m really excited to see how St. George ends up and Ironman Louisville ends up.
I’ve made it a point to do at least 1 IM race a year and an out of state race. I do feel it’s important to support your local races in some form so while I’ll still do some local races and volunteer at some (Oceanside 70.3) the only A race will probably be Lifetime Tri Oceanside assuming I can hold it together after Louisville. With the new races that feature quite a bit of climbing I got a new road bike that I desperately needed and already I’m lovin it.
In terms of my weight loss well… during the off season it’s no secret that I have a sweet tooth and I abuse it. I went from my 34/36 waist during Ironman to close to 40” in a mater of weeks. Granted it didn’t help it was Christmas time and everything in sight was sweet. But now with training kicking off it’s started to go back down. Thankfully I was able to keep some fitness thanks to the USAT National Club Challenge it’s still not back to were it was. That’s why we train though right? Currently I’m sitting at 245lbs and back to needing to close 25-30lbs. It’s vanity weight though in terms of getting to my optimum racing weight. In terms of health I’m not in a bad position. Although the extra skin can be a bummer at time.