2. Time - see the above. I have my work projects to schedule, my kids various activities and appointments to schedule, I even occasionally (rarely) have a social life to schedule. Turning my fitness calendar over to someone else means that I don't have to worry about all those boxes. I just have to execute what is written. Yes, I still have to DO the workouts, but the planning is easier.
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4. Mental release. Triathlon can take a tremendous amount of headspace. The minutia of how my training is going: how my morning run felt, if/when the cramp in my calf is going away, and the exact average time of my 100m swim split is information that is really only interesting to me. Sure, my husband is greatly supportive, as is my family and the few remaining friends than haven't been driven off by seeing me in spandex. But having a coach means that there is someone that is JUST as interesting in these things as you are, and that you can talk to. Sparing unnecessary strain on all the other non-triathlon relationships in your life...
5. Inspiration. My coach is currently training for his second Ironman race in July - IM Lake Placid. (He seems to go for the hilly courses. Crazy man!). It is pretty difficult to whine about feeling tired after your 3 mile run and 10 mile bike when your coach rebuts with statements like, "Yeah I biked 50 miles today" or "I'm still sore from my marathon this past weekend". While I don't aspire to his level of athletic feats, it is pretty awesome to have someone to look to. Or someone to text with when we are both tired and nursing well-deserved beers on Sunday nights after our long runs.
Shameless plug - Anthony is accepting new clients, both in person (NYC area) and as online clients (as I am). Check him out at: http://www.anthonybagnetto.com/fitness/
Have a great weekend everyone!