Just shy of four years ago, I started a weight loss journey with the original goal to run a 5K. On November 6th, I completed my most recent and biggest goal: I became an Ironman. I achieved this goal by simply following the plan that Coach Jim wrote for me. Two days before the race we talked and he said, “Could training have gone better? Yes. Could it have gone worse? Yes. You can’t change it. You’re ready. Stay calm and when something goes wrong, get back to your pace and don’t try to make up for lost time.” My training didn’t go well because of me, work, family, minor injuries from work, but Coach Jim tweaked the training plan and I kept making forward progress. His approach of starting training sooner rather than later was huge and prevented training injuries and training fatigue. I recommend calling Power Up with your goal and let them plan your training and race day. Much like losing weight, the “get fit quick plans” don’t really work and everyone has different needs.
From day one, Coach told me that race day was going to feel like a long training day. Physically he was right but with the confidence from training and his feedback, I had zero doubts that I was going to finish and honestly enjoyed every single minute. I finished with some gas in the tank, but that was the plan. One thing I’ve learned is I can’t do this journey of mine alone, so to Coach Jim and everyone else at Power Up, WE DID IT!
Brian K Triathlete November 18, 2021