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.

Great to Give Back

I know, I know, I’m getting horrible at updating the blog, but…

Today I didn’t race, but it was a great day for races.

You see, my kids got to race their first race of the season and joining their youth triathlon club.  This was my seven year old’s third triathlon and my four year old’s first triathlon.

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My seven year old got cold feet last night and was adamant that she did not want to race.  She said she didn’t want to race because of a crash last year at the same course.  The year prior, she had smacked her hand on the wall during the swim and wanted to quit.  I had to run the entire course with her.

The second year, she was going down the bike course that had its own natural pitch to the left.  Unfortunately, as she claimed, “I wanted the bike to go straight.  It just wouldn’t listen to me!” She went down to the left and followed the bank down and crashed in the ditch just before pavement.  Again, I had to run with her the rest of the way.

She still wanted to back out this morning.  Mommy promised her that she would stand will she crashed last year so it woupdnt happen again.  I asked her to simply start the race.  If at any time she didn’t want to do it anymore, she didn’t have to.

Well, she did start.  She also came in 3rd in her age group.  It was amazing to see her overcome her fears.  It’s awesome to see the pride in her face overcoming the challenge as well as placing third.

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My son was the youngest competitor of the day at four year olds.  He was both impressive for his age and funny.  If he didn’t spend so much time seeing the scenes and watching the race of others, I promise you he had won his age group.  That little powerhouse doesn’t stop!  I was baffled that he was able to run as fast as he did after the swim and bike.

Seeing him in his tri kit was awesome.  He had his own papparazi at the finish line.  Total strangers were taking pictures of him all decked out in his gear from visor to kinvaras to his bib belt.

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It was so cool to give back.  If you’re into running, cycling, swimming, or triathlons, get involved with the youth.  Today was such a blast.  I even volunteered giving out medals since I was one of the few adults that didn’t race.

What a day.  Ok, now I gotta get back to training.  My coach is gonna kick my butt…

PS, a special shout out to a friend, Julie, for finishing her first half marathon today!  Woohoo!!!!