We now return to our regular schedule.
Woah, it has been a week already. Time sure flies when you are having fun 🙂
Work – Compare to last year, 2007 started off very well. I have been known to be disorganize and now I make sure my desk is clean at the end of everday. Everything is listed and categorize. Even though I am looking for another job, I like what I do. I am the type of guy that just like to go on my own and find my own solution. My company, being small, offer me this work enivornment. It must be the entrepreneurial side of me wanting to come out.
Fellowship – A few weeks ago my Pastor told me, ‘Cliff you are pastoring your fellowship‘. His words came true. I have spent a large amount of time with individuals listening to them and some of the struggles they are going through. One brother’s parents kick him out of the home over the weekend and had been living in a shelter. I took him to a motel for the weekend and took care of the bill. I told him that this isn’t from me. I am only a steward and doing His work.
Training – If you come on this blog, most likely this is what you want to read. So how’s my training? My coach give us a template on trainingpeaks. If anyone know how I can put my training schedule on here, let me know.
If you follow my blog from last year, you would pick up that my training methodology is largely composed from Gordo Bryn. My coach‘s methodology is different. I talked to him last week and here is some of the biggest changes I notice:
– Gordo does a three weeks build up and drop on the fourth. Coach approach is more of one up one down one up one down one up and one drop down all the way
– Gordo does not recommend putting long bike and long run back to back. Coach feels that it is important to train on running tired legs in IM distance (my only concern is injury)
– at some week, Coach will put the long bike and long run together. Like a long brick (there is one that is 5 hr bike + 2 hr run…hmmm I like I like)
– Gordo does not recommend running more than 2-1/2 hours. Coach feels it is important to run to 3 hours (good for me, I miss running 3 hr)
For this season, I am going to take a chance with my coach. After all, I got his template schedule and if I have to make it work, I have to follow it. I did approach him on increasing some of the distance (tomorrow I am doing a 2:15 bike, seriously, 3 hr is more like it) and he didn’t object.
Bling situation – With coaching comes $$$. My plan is to talk to the coach once a month for an hour ($50/month). I am part of his team (race4kids.ca) to raise money for kids with cancer (POGO is the organization). Each member of the team receive a template base on his/her experience. There are three templates: finisher/expereince and pro. I picked finisher b/c this is my first IM and the goal is to FINISH. So I get a coach and a training schedule.
I am going to stop seeing my swim coach for this season. Even if my swim time drop from 1:56/100 m down to 1:45. That will equate to saving 7 minutes in the IM swim. 6 minutes in a IM is not significant.
Dawn asked me about is there a link for donation. Yes, the link is http://www.race4kids.ca/athletes.htm. If you would like to donate, you can donate under my name ‘Cliff Tam’ using paypal. Thanks a lot guys…the other team member has to raise $2,500 (and pay IM entry fee on their own). Since I register to IMUSA already, I don’t have to do that. I seriously think raising the money is harder than the race itself. But that’s no excuse…I gotta do my part to kick cancer in the butt.
That’s about it on my end. It might seem heretic but I have been feeling pretty good. I still have time for some solo time to reflect and even go out for dessert.
Life is good. That’s all I can say. Have a great weekend….train lots and spend time with your love ones.