|Posted by [email protected] on June 18, 2016 at 4:50 PM|
To kick this series off, I’m going to talk about a few strategic partnerships that would be necessary in my quest for the podium on the grandest scale. Whoa, wait, what? Are we talking about triathlon or writing a paper on military foreign policy? There are several lengthy and complicated definitions of strategic partnerships, but I’ll break it down in its simplest form: A partnership with great possibilities for mutual gain without being legally bound by contracts. That being said, we will dive into the first one and you’ll quickly understand why these partnerships are needed for any endeavor, but especially in striving for professional results.
I’ve written before about Lauren Updyke (pictured below) and her coaching business, Base Tri Fitness (http://basetrifitness.com/). Until recently we’ve never worked together in the paid professional sense. I’ve bounced questions off of her and she has graciously provided answers worth their weight in gold. As this season has been slowed by injury and illness I knew it was time to get help from her again. In addition to her one-on-one coaching, Lauren offers a great hourly consulting service. The latter is what I used because I already had a plan in place… it just required A LOT of tweaking. Having not had a face-to-face conversation since our days of swimming with COTT, I was a little nervous and didn’t know what to expect. As soon as I sat down she put me at ease and we were chatting like old friends.
Right away Lauren asked me what my ultimate pie-in-the-sky goal was. To which I replied, “going pro in triathlon.” She quickly followed up with, “to win races or just to say you’re a pro?” That question was exactly what I needed to hear because it should me two things. First; that I needed to not only have a surface goal, but also a well-thought out goal. The second thing this showed me was that Lauren actually cared enough to make me think and to challenge me.
As we talked she dove into my racing and more importantly injury history to paint a picture of recovery and one that will result in a strong finish at SavageMan in September. After looking at my existing plan we decided it was most important to put an increased focus on my swim and decrease my weekly runs, both in the number of runs and duration to protect the back. Next she gave me some resources to increase my flexibility and to strengthen the injured area. Additionally we talked about the need to stretch after fire runs at work, lactate threshold testing, race courses that would most suit my style and many other things.
In parting,Lauren put things back in perspective by reminding me that all athletes get hurt and experience downtimes and that this injury may have prevented me from causing permanent damage had I continued training without the break. This session was absolutely worth the money and as I continue to grow in the sport and in pursuit of my TRI goals Lauren and Base Tri Fitness will be with me every step of the way.