practicing patience

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anybody who has spent a significant amount of time around me knows, at times,  I’m not necessarily the most patient person.  As i wrote about in my previous post I was hoping that my femur would be healed in and I’d be back running in 3 weeks.  That obviously wasn’t the case.  On Thursday it will be 5 weeks with out running single step and 6 weeks with just one 8 mile jog/hobble/limp.    This injury has definitely tested my patience but for the most part I am pretty happy with myself and how I have handled the past month and a half.

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There’s no doubt riding my bike has helped but I also was quickly able to put this in perspective.  I have spent a lot of time doing other things, having fun, and can’t believe it’s already been 6 weeks.  The good news I haven’t had ANY pain in the past 7-10 days.  No pain getting out of bed, no pain in the gym, and no pain when I have run up and down my stairs.  I even messed around on the StairMaster and Elliptical in the gym last week to see if it would aggravate my quad/femur… it didn’t…  but I am going to continue to continue to practice patience though.  I don’t plan on running yet… not this week.

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On Sunday I will be doing the Spy Belgian Waffle ride so plenty on my plate.  I want to minimize the suffering Sunday will bring so I don’t want to start jogging this week.  After no running for 1.5 months I am pretty sure it will cause some soreness.  So for now my plan is to get through this week, BWR, and the give it a go next week.  My plan is to also comeback very conservatively. Sunday is going to be rough.  130 miles on the bike is no joke.  I’ve ridden that far a handful of times but not for a while.  I got in another solid week in last week (257 miles & over 20k of climbing) and thankfully I’ll be suffering alongside some good friends come sunday.

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Last Saturday I rolled  up to Oceanside with Scott after some solid miles out east to check out some of the California 70.3.  My main reason for heading up there was to watch two athlete’s I coach race, see a bunch of friends, and watch my homegirl Heather Jackson rip the legs off the women’s field.

hard work paying off! high five’n HJ on the home stretch.  photo: katie araujo


I don’t talk much about my coaching on my blog and it’s not really on purpose.  I still coach and handful of people and do it for the fun of it.  I thought last year I wanted to start a full on coaching business (Champion Factory Coaching, which Pete is still running and killing it with some big time MX guys) but I don’t have the time, energy, or desire to run it as a business.  It takes time to do the marketing and doing all the little things to make it run.  Between my real job, my own training, and the desire to spend more time not thinking about endurance sports I chose to keep it low key.  I just like the coaching side of it and I’m having a lot of of fun coaching the people I am now.

Brian rallying on the run with another monster I coach, Chris… aka #Eurostar


Both of the athlete’s I coach (Brian & Christine) had really good days out there so I was pretty stoked.  I like witnessing hard work paying off.  It motivates me to see them do the work and then be rewarded on race day.  A perfect example of this is Heather Jackson.  I started riding with her a couple of years ago and the progress she’s made since then is pretty mind blowing.  I know first hand how hard she works (i still have mental scars from our battles up to ramona & cole grade last year) and how bad she wants it.  So to see her off to a stellar start to 2013 is rad.  Witnessing all of this while I’m down and out is just fuel for the fire.  I can’t wait to get back to my own training and racing.  The summer should be pretty fun!

Christine mowing people down.


reward for my hard work!

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  1 comment for “practicing patience

  1. April 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    the waffle race looks rad!! Maybe put on the menu for 2014!

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