Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ironman Article on my Coach

I met my coach the summer I qualified for Kona the first time. I was pretty sure I might die in the lava fields and absolutely certain the wind was going to blow me off the bike. He gave me a ton of pointers, most important being "Don't fight the wind."

We have a great group of mutual friends that all ride together. The guys talk trash and make fun of Dirk's "glory days", even though we all know they are proud of him. They are also nice enough to let a girl tag along.

Last year when Dirk started coaching me he said, "There will be days you will absolutely hate me for some of the workouts I have you do." He was not lying. But I could see the big picture and I believed he knew what he was doing with my training. So I trusted him 100%. By the end of the season he knew me better than myself in regards to racing and training. He knew when to pull me back and make me rest and when to keep pushing me. He also believed in me.

More than a coach, Dirk is a great friend. This is his story.

6 comments:

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Wow - what a great article! I can't believe I swim with this guy- holy cow! The things you learn....thanks for sharing!

D said...

I learned that Nestle owns Jenny Craig. Doesn't seem quite right to me. Just sayin... :)

Bob Almighty said...

Dirk is your coach? man the guy is a legend!

ADC said...

Great article. I have to admit that i have never heard of him before but oh boy he kicked some butt in those days (and still does if i may add)

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Great article! Ok, how does one NOT fight the wind? Share please...

rocketpants said...

Awesome article!