As you know we are training for our next meet, NASA Open Nationals, in Springfield, Ohio on June 27th. We started our training cycle a bit earlier than usual, giving ourselves four months (15 weeks to be exact) to get ready. I, for one, was eager and ready to get started and welcomed the extra time.
Instinctively, I knew that training for a summertime meet was going to be a challenge. In addition to my usual monthly work trips to Orlando, I am taking the kids on a cruise for Spring Break, going to Boston for a conference in May, and spending a week in Winnipeg, Canada for the Women’s World Cup group play in early June. I pulled out my calendar and quickly determined that my instincts were right. Of the 15 weeks, I will be out of town for 5 of them, missing one third of valuable training time with my team and my Coach, Jim.
I missed the last meet due to health issues. You can read about that here and here. I’m determined to not miss out again, but I’d be lying if I denied having some concerns about being ‘platform ready.’ Now I fully realize that people do actually train without the luxury of a coach and that being out of town is not an excuse. I agree. I will continue to find ways to train no matter where I am, but there’s no doubt that adjustments will have to be made with my programming.
I can’t say that I am privy to exactly what Jim has in store for me in the coming weeks but the general plan is to push me harder (more volume and/or heavier loads) when I’m training in Lexington under his close watch. When I am traveling, my workouts will still include quality work but with reduced volume and lighter loads with the goal of allowing my body to fully recover and adapt so I’m ready to hit it hard again as soon as I return. The reality is that he will likely figure it out as we go. His sincere concern for health combined with his ability to make accommodations and adjustments on the fly is part of what makes him an extraordinary coach.
I have a blessed life and I’m doing a better job of balancing it all. I want to train hard and compete, but not at the expense of other amazing opportunities with my family. Regardless of what happens on the platform in June, I think I’m finally getting it right. I’m already winning.
Stay tuned for some behind the scenes details. In my next post, I will share the last four weeks of my programming that includes two consecutive weeks of travel.