As I was tracking my athletes at the 2011 Vineman 70.3 half ironman this past weekend, I was blown away at what I witnessed. Not only did all of my coached athletes get new course personal bests, but they also improved for each leg of the race. Their swim, bike and run times were faster than last year’s race – yes, each athlete improved in every single discipline.
These ladies are an example of what dedication, discipline and a strong work ethic will yield. I am sooooo happy for all of you.
I know you have heard this before, but I want to remind you how fortunate I am to work with you. I am honored that you allow me to coach you.
Vineman 2011 finishing time = 5:41:30
Overall Improvement from the 2010 race = 19:06
Swim Improvement = 5:18
Bike Improvement = 4:00
Run Improvement = 7:46 with a negative split run by 2 seconds per mile
Adrienne, I know you have had a rough start to the 2011 season but I have been impressed that you did not let the many set backs discourage your training and you forged ahead with the utmost determination. Although I know you are not where you ideally like to be, I can assure you that you are coming back strong. Canada is around the corner. Here we come.
Vineman 2011 finishing time = 5:39:32
Overall Improvement from the 2010 race = 24:24
Swim Improvement = :36
Bike Improvement = 10:47
Run Improvement = 13:54 almost an even split second half. Only 6 seconds per mile slower for the second half. Most people don’t ever get close to coming this close to even splits.
Jillian, your determination and drive to excel is evident in your relentless execution of your training plan. I can honestly say that you make my job easy because I know you will follow whatever the plan calls for. I admire your competitiveness and desire for perfection. I look forward to the good things to come in Canada.
Vineman 2011 finishing time = 6:43:48
Overall Improvement from the 2010 race = 8:37
Swim Improvement = 1:36
Bike Improvement = 7:50
Run Improvement = :28 with a negative split run.
Laura, your training has been modified a bit as a result of a tender knee. I know it has been frustrating to cut mileage, especially when you had a race like this on the horizon. As we continue to bring you back up to speed with your mileage, I want you to know that your performance at this year’s race is an indication that you are getting stronger and more efficient. I was so happy to see you have such a faster second half run. This is a good sign for Canada.
Vineman 2011 finishing time = 5:48:13
Overall Improvement from the 2010 race = 11:14 * this is compared to Barb’s race which is the same bike and swim course with a more challenging run leg.
Swim Improvement = :02
Bike Improvement = 1:38
Run Improvement = 8:58 – almost an even split second half. Only 5 seconds per mile slower for the second half. Most people don’t ever get close to coming this close to even splits.
Michelle, with your top “A” priority race still 4 months away I am so excited to see what more improvements you will make in your training. The base mileage that you have put in so far is really allowing you to develop into a faster athlete. In particular, I am looking forward to watching the continued strength on the bike come out in your top end run speed. I can assure you that you will love the run portion of the course at IMAZ. Keep up the good work