Onto the Next – Coaching and Levi’s Gran Fondo

Onto the Next – Coaching and Levi’s Gran Fondo

May 17
Onto the Next – Coaching and Levi’s Gran Fondo

Things are looking up as we storm past my 39th birthday, the last birthday before I make the jump into an age group that I’m not quite ready to admit I’m a part of.  This past year has been one of ups and downs physically, with some spectacular things happening at the 70.3 and 140.6 distances that also translated into some pretty negative physical repercussions that I’m still dealing with to this day.

As I ‘age’ up and begin to emerge from the confines of injury, I’ve spent quite a bit of time evaluating what my goals are and what it is I hope to get out of all of this.  There’s the obvious competitive component to it all, but my competitive spirit has been somewhat tempered with the ongoing foot issues that have dogged me for the end of 2012 and all of 2013.   With the 2013 race season shot, I’ve had to redefine what it is I hope to accomplish this year, and with my foot FINALLY feeling like its going to begin to cooperate again, I’ve had to look inward to determine what it is I can do to salvage this year and make it mean something as it relates to training/racing.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to take my first stab at (assistant) coaching.  I’m joining up with Team In Training’s Cycle Team Los Angeles and will joining a coaching staff that includes my former Ironteam teammates and alum David Hanson (@Davesgottatri) and Rommel Calderon (@esdi) to help prepare participants for Levi’s Gran Fondo in Santa Rosa (October).

Levi's Gran Fondo

Levi's Grand Fondo - Santa Rosa






Its a 103 mile ride that includes 9000+ ft of climbing, so while our participants have their work cut out for them I’m totally stoked and excited to be there to help them in their journey.  As part of this new adventure I’ve ordered my USA Cycling Level III certification kit to begin the process of becoming a certified coach, the first step in a journey that will hopefully someday also include US Masters Swimming and USAT certifications as well.  Its a new adventure, one that I’m going to take on a little bit at a time as I continue my music/tv career as well as my Wine Education and Management studies at UCLA.

In broken foot land, I’m out of my boot and have begun to do some rehab/strengthening to get ready for this upcoming coaching experience.  I’ve been ‘aqua-walking’ in the pool every day to reteach my foot how to function with a compromised Plantar Fascia and a load of foot muscles that have completely atrophied from being in a boot.  The first couple of days back in shoes (with orthodics), my tendonitis flared back up almost immediately and felt as bad as it did before going in the boot.  I was super frustrated, but in an attempt to cut it off at the pass I’ve been icing the hell out of it and doing a lot of strength work that I picked up from all of my time at physical therapy.  Little by little its been feeling better!  I’m not pain free, and am definitely not going to try running again until I am, but I could see a time a month from now where I could potentially say that I am.  Its exciting, although I have to keep reminding myself to take easy and come back slow so I’m not repeating this process all over again a few months from now.