In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’re talking about a very special kind of love – a love for my new training program! I’m in week 2 of this new program towards Ironman Coeur d’Alene, and I love it. Why? Funny you should ask…
- Online Reporting: With the TriDot Training System, I log into a website to get my workouts, and I log in again to report how they went. I report every day. That’s why I have done each and every workout since the program began. If I skip, I’ll have to report that I skipped. And I don’t want to do that.
- Challenging Workouts: For the past two Ironman races, I’ve trained from a book. The book told me when to bike, swim and run and for how long. The workouts I get through TriDot give me specific things to do during the workouts. I don’t just swim for an hour; I complete specific drills and sets. I don’t just bike for an hour; I focus on cadence and keeping my heart rate at certain levels. I don’t just run; I do drills, a track workout, or a long workout at a particular pace. It’s wonderful to be so guided through a workout.
- Nutrition Assistance: As part of the TriDot program, I have access to triathlon intelligence, including intelligence about nutrition, which is critical to success in my races. Thanks to this program, I’m going to try a product called Generation UCAN, which I think will simplify nutrition for me because I’ll be able to take it once every couple of hours instead of having to take something in every fifteen minutes. Since I’m clumsy on the bike, I’d love to not have to eat every fifteen or thirty minutes!
- Community: I’m part of a team. There are athletes all over the country on this program. Some of them are local, and I’m lucky to get to connect with them sometimes. This weekend, for example, I did a triathlon camp with other TriDot athletes, and they were really nice people. We worked out and had dinner together. We talked training and power meters and weight gain and loss and so many other things. I loved that time with them.
- Natasha: Most of all, I really adore my coach. She’s a pro. She super fast and equally kind. She cheerleads and supports. She put together a training camp, including form coaches for swimming and running. She gave me food when I told her I’d skipped breakfast. She taught me how to use my new watch. She even encouraged me as she blew by me on the track. I know she’s watching, given the whole online reporting thing, and I know she wants me to succeed. I feel lucky to have her behind me.
I’m excited to see how my performance changes with this program. So far, it’s a great fit for me. In fact, I have only one regret about this program. I wish I had started sooner.