Up until December of last year, had you asked me, I would not have given a high value on personalized coaching when it comes to triathlon. After all, its just a distance game right? Go out and make sure you can do the distance. Its a long day when it comes to IRONMAN. If the goal is to finish, isn't it just about training your body to be able to just go the distance? Boy, how glad I am to have met this woman.
This month I want to introduce you to the amazing coach who is in my corner, Dawn Brooks. I met Dawn last year right after signing up for IRONMAN. I will admit, when I met her I was right in the middle of trying to figure out what my "plan" was to get me to IRONMAN. How was I going to do this? Where do I even start? I truly was lost (and drowning) in the overwhelming ocean that is IM training.
After a long bike ride together, talking with her about Racelab coaching, hearing her story, and listening to her wisdom, I decided to take a leap and jump full force into this amazing coaching relationship with her. Oh how glad I am that I did. Remember when I crushed that marathon a couple months ago? When I took 13 minutes off my best ever marathon PR? Yeah, Dawn coached me there. She taught me how to work the track and benefit from tempo work. She taught me about going easy long and hard short. I let everything that I thought I knew go about training and allowed myself to be completely coached by her and BAM. I became an athlete!
Dawn inspires me. She is one of the strongest, kindest, most driven women that I know. She teaches Tabata, Body Pump and a wicked Spin class. This woman is a monster on the bike. My life goal right now? Ride a bike like Dawn. She is an IRONMAN, and a fierce one at that, but she is a real woman who has made helping and coaching others a life goal. Her coaching style is empowering and life giving. I feel motivated by her and supported. That is the Racelab way. Dawn has a way of getting the absolute best out of her athletes, and she is not afraid to tell you when you need to jump off your high horse and remember what your goals are. She keeps me humble and focused while making me feel like I can and WILL move mountains. She doesn't frustrate easily ( I will one day also swim with my arms at "10 and 2!") and she works tirelessly to coach me inside the constraints of my life. When I completely freaked out over the results of my VO2 Max test, Dawn was on the phone with me teaching, explaining and stopping the crazy train I jumped on. She coached me through an entire diet and lifestyle change. Remember that girl who needed rest days? Not anymore. Dawn showed me how to do it. She has coached me every step of the way.
I am surrounded by amazing people. Whether its my amazing AZ TRI Club and all of the incredible athletes I get to share my journey with, the Las Sendas Run Bike Tri group or the Racelab coaches and friends I have made along the way, the camaraderie and friendship has been indescribable and I am grateful for it.
Dawn is one of those people who will forever have a mark on my life. As a coach, a fellow athlete and a friend. She makes me want to be great and do great things. She reaffirms the belief in myself on those days when it wanes. Her determined and joyful spirit radiates through her and I am unbelievably blessed that she is the coach in my corner.