When my children challenged me to a triathlon for my birthday I decided that this would be a great way to get back into shape. It had been a while since I had exercised on a consistant basis, I hadn't raced in ten years, and had never done a triathlon. Not being a swimmer, I could barely swim a lap in the pool, and the only bike that I ever pedaled had fat tires, a cute bell and a basket. Many people though that my goal of beating my children (ages 20 and 24) in a triathlon was folly.
In order to acheive this goal, I did some research and hired Dave; one of the best decisions I have ever made. Dave is supportive, knowledgeable and result based. There is nothing crazy or faddish about his philosoply, the way Dave trains makes sense. Whether in the gym, on the track, or in the pool Dave is amazing, training with him enabled me to reach my goals. I soundly beat my children in the Greeley Triathlon, decreased my body fat percentage while at the same time quit smoking, and placed third in my age group in my second ever triathlon.
I have a background in corporate fitness and have managed a dozen wellness programs, working with hundreds of exercise professionals, never have I met a trainer as dedicated as Davis. He is truly committed.
I hear voices. We need to just get that out of the way now. Before I started using David as a coach, the voices when I ran were only my own, and usually consisted of things like:
"10 more minutes. I can do anything for 10 minutes.""Oh come on, don't quit. I know you just started and it always feels tough to start out with."or"Arrrrgh, I'm so slow. This is ridiculous."Then I met David. Our first session was to work on the natural running form, which was especially amusing as natural running didn't at first feel so natural. But with his patience and my time and sweat, it became more natural. The Newton shoes helped, too - being able to feel the surfaces I was running on really did make a big difference. But back to David. I put my trust in him and the training plan that he sent me (and diligently followed the results of). Even down to race day, a half marathon I had been planning for a while (and had previously been injured and unable to do), he was there for me. Imagine my surprise when he asked me what and when I planned to eat on race day. A plan? I was supposed to have a plan? Oh yeah, David has a plan for everything!Over time, the voices in my head were still there but David's voice was now there too:"Relaxed posture, lift from the core.""Don't push off, let your heel settle.""Dump a cup of water on your head at this station to get your heart rate down.""Keep your cadence up."This calm, rational voice still battled mine:"It's so hot! Argh! The wind! I hate the wind! Why am I doing this? I'm crazy!"In the end, David's voices won out. I finished seven minutes faster than a previous PR despite vicious headwinds. Goes without saying that I would not have been able to accomplish that without him and his voice in my head, and now I can look forward to listening to him some more as I prepare for a marathon in six months' time!