The Waiting Game

This is killing me!  It’s quite ironic that I can spend 13 hours and 51 minutes swimming, biking, and running but I can’t wait 11 days for an email…

Now that I’ve gone through the USAT Level I Coaching Clinic, I’m in a holding pattern.  I’ve done the exam, I’ve submitted my signed Code of Ethics, and I’ve submitted my CPR Certification.  I’m now waiting on the written, short answer questions to be checked.  I CANNOT TAKE IT!

Today is the seventh business day which the slide presentation said to allow for the grading to take place.  Unfortunately, I’m trying to register for the Youth Certification Clinic in Boston which is currently open to all certified coaches since they did not exceed the limit yet.  The kicker is that I cannot register for the clinic until I am a certified coach.  Therefore, this nail-biting, agony of waiting!

I truly want to be the best youth triathlon coach possible for the Augusta Dream Team Youth Tri Club.  I want to afford them every possible piece of knowledge that I can gain and not cause any harm to them.  And even better, I hope to help them make friends and learn to live a healthy lifestyle.

Unfortunately for me, it is quite difficult to wait so long in today’s world of instant gratification.  Both professional certifications I’ve achieved, you simply got that “holy ****” feeling that your stomach was in your throat after completing the exam, clicked “submit”, and *poof*, you knew whether you passed or failed.  Through this certification process, I did get that feeling after the multiple choice exam, but now await the short answer and training plan portion to be graded.  I JUST CAN’T TAKE THE SUSPENSE!

The first few days were ok.  I would check on it daily and see if there were any changes in the test results.  Alright, who am I kidding?  I was checking it, probably, every four hours.  Even on the weekends, as if the grader works 24-7…  Then, as the days continued on, it became checking every three to four hours.  Ok, you got me again.  It was more like hourly.  Again, I act as though the grader is working 24-7…  Now it’s been business days six and seven.  I won’t lie; I’m practically checking it every 30 seconds.  I cannot take it anymore!

It’s such a stupid, immature behavior.  I know!  The logic part of my brain says, “hey, you’ll get an email once you’re test has been graded.  Why are you stressing?”, “you realize the slide in class read, ‘time permitting’ after the ‘seven business days’ part”, and Meghan did say, ‘I have 400 re-certs to get through.”  On the other hand, the passion part of my brain simply screams, “I NEED TO KNOW NOW!”  Ugh.   Shut up passion part, just shut up.  I want to do this for the club so bad and DO NOT want to travel to Portland, Oregon to take the next class.

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NOLA, Part Duex

So you go on Slow Twitch, Beginner Triathlete, or the local tri club’s Facebook page and chime in on every comment.  Ya, you know who you are.  So you think you have the right answer to every comment everybody posts, right?  Wrong.  All you have to do is go to USA Triathlon Level I Coaching Clinic and you’ll quickly realize how little you know about triathlons versus the true experts.

The experience of attending the clinic was quite humbling.  I learned a tremendous amount of information, enjoyed myself, and better yet, met a lot of great people.

I don’t recall who exactly decided to do it, but somebody decided to create a Facebook group for the class.  So simple, but pure genius.  Ok, big deal, a Facebook group, right?  Wrong.  It brought communication of the group to the forefront, expediting our ability, and truly helped us all out from an organizational and financial standpoint.

I was able to benefit by such a simple thing by several ways.  Initially, I was planning on carpooling from Montgomery to NOLA.  After having the car issues, I figured this wasn’t the best idea because I didn’t want to chance getting stranded somewhere or have to pay for a rental car.  The second benefit was that I managed to find a roommate.  This allowed me to cut my hotel expense in half.  Thirdly, my roommate and I found out about the group via the page and met up with quite a few people before the clinic and went out to eat with them.  This all would have been much more difficult via traditional methods.  It’s something so simple but great.

If you really want to be humbled, just go listen to a USAT Level III coach speak.  You’ll really find out who the experts are in the sport.  Wow.  The first speaker was Ian Murray.  Such a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker.  It took me several hours to figure out who he reminded me of and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  *Ding!* Ty Pennington from Extreme Home Makeover!  That’s it!  Then, after I figured that out, all I could do is try and prevent myself from hollering, “Move that bus!” Ugh.

The next speaker was Jay DiCherry.  Jay is very knowledgeable, but I will admit, I was very disappointed.  Not because of him, but because I really enjoy Bob Seebohar’s nutrition materials and try and follow his protocols.  It was truly a bummer not to hear Bob Seebohar speak because I have TONS of questions about this protocols that I would love to ask.  I guess I’ll just have to attend one of his own seminars or hope that he’ll be at the youth certification clinic…

The last speaker was Shelley O’ Brien.  Again, a great dynamic and knowledgeable speaker.  I was quite excited to hear that she’s a youth coach and was hoping to pick her brain on the topic.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to do so since she taught at the end of the clinic and disappeared before I could speak to her.  I guess that’s what I get for taking the red eye that night.

The exam itself is quite humbling as well.  It took me dang near all day Saturday to complete the exam. There were approximately 77 multiple choice questions, several short answer questions, and two training plans that had to be developed.  Wow.  Who knew this would be tougher than any graduate exams or professional certification exams I’ve taken?!

Finally, it was great to meet so many wonderful people who I can now consider friends.  I really enjoyed spending time and getting to know Micah, Scott, Pat, Robin, Janelle, and Meredith.  What an experience with some great people.

Long Time, No See

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Ok, so its been a while since I posted anything.  I mean, a long time…

Anywho…  Here’s a low down to catch ya up:
December, we had a baby.
After the Augusta 70.3 decided to train for a full ironman.
Decided on Rev3 Cedar Point for my full.
Helped start up a kids tri club in Augusta. check out Dream Team Triathlon. It’s going great.
Lots of training completed.
Lots of races to be done this spring and summer.
Up to 4000 yd for lon swim, 80 mi on the bike, and 16-19 on the run. Good times!

All this and more. Sorry for slacking. Kinda busy lately. More to come…

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