Cool Breeze Coaching Client Julie M sent Coach Sarah her Beach-2-Battleship race report. This is a great testimonial for coaches and how they help their clients reach their potential.
Thank you Sarah!
It was a totally great experience. I started getting a nasty head and upper respiratory cold Thursday and it has gotten progressively worse each day since. I was bummed that I felt bad on race day (sore throat, clogged ears, head ache, lungs the size of peanuts, you know typical cold stuff) , but as the cold has gotten worse I am SO GRATEFUL it didn't come on sooner than it did. It is kicking my butt right now and I am in a self prescribed quarantine. I will certainly take some time to rest :)
However, even with a cold (and maybe because of my cold) I feel very happy with the race. I thought the happiest I would feel would be right at the finish line, but I have gotten happier and felt more satisfied as I have reviewed the race and my responses to the various things that happen on race day. I wish I knew how to explain this but I can't really find the words.
The results are right where I wanted (on a perfect day I would have liked to be faster on the run and I might have pushed the bike a little more), but more important than my time, I felt happy (hurting but happy) during the race and can't even express enough how much the mental preparation you had us do helped me. When I was struggling during the run, I was able to review the various things I had planned to accomplish with the race and it kept me green in spite of sounding like a 60 year old smoker when I breathed :) I was so glad I took the time to go over what a perfect race would be AND how I would handle the bad things. In the past, I have always imagined what a perfect race would be but would then fall apart because my perfect race seldom falls into place - Crap happens :) However, as old as I am, it has never occurred to me to actively prepare for the mishaps. I guess it seemed like bad mental mojo to think of the bad things that could happen. I had no idea how much it could help me in the race. Funny thing is that the bad things I thought might happen (with the exception of swimming over jellies) didn't happen, but I still felt prepared to cope with the things that did happen.