I think Nat and I found the company to work with for Ironman coaches: SCS Multisport. We both interviewed one of the co-owners last week and he seemed to pass all the "test" questions we had prepared. Both Nat and I had our own customized "test" question lists, based on our particular wants/needs.
My test questions were things like: "How do you feel about working with older/slower athletes?" and "How do you REALLY feel about working with older/slower athletes?" and "How comfortable are you with helping me with my goofy nutritional needs for the Ironman?"
Our guy passed with flying colors.
Training in earnest won't start until early 2010, but I will have some some base tests done measuring swim, bike and run outputs in early November.
I have one month to get ready for those tests.
Another test for me was running part of Twin Cities Marathon today. I had signed up to run the full marathon after I did not get in to New York this year.
My training went out the window for many reasons. My biggest problem was that I just was not in to running last summer.
Fortunately, my love affair with running started to get back on course at Square Lake tri. I had a really comfortable run at that event. Each time I've laced up the shoes from there on out has really been a nice experience. Hurrah.
It was too late for me to try to prepare for the full 26.2, but I thought I'd just get out on the course today and have some fun.
I ran pretty well, sticking to my 6 minute run/1 minute walk plan and just had fun. I got to mile 5 in 55 minutes and some change and then pulled out at mile 7 at 1:20:00. (I had a loooong mile time between mile five and six, where I pretty much dilly-dallied.)
The "predictor" had me coming in at a 5:07 finish, which would have been a HUGE PR and a GIANT miracle.
Other friends ran the 10-mile event. Gary, Mary, Beth, Steve and Sarah all had great races. I'm very proud of their results.
I'm also happy I enjoyed the day and did well with what I could do.
I ran another mile or so back to our house, showered and then met Nat and Cheryl at mile 21 to watch the true marathoners. The weather was perfect, so pretty much everyone we saw looked great out there on the course.
After watching the runners, I met Hubby and our golfing friends for lunch. Paul, Hubby's golf partner for tournaments, has a birthday next week, so we were able to celebrate with him today.
Next week, I travel for work but will be some where warm where I can run outside and will also have a chance to post some swim yardage and time on the bike.