2. Robbie Ventura is coach extraordinaire. He is a wealth of knowledge about power training, giving us several talks during the day off the cuff. It's obvious that he loves to teach. And to top it off, he's a super nice guy.
3. My Evotri teammates are some of the nicest, most down to earth people I've ever met. They made me feel so welcome right from the start. I'm so fortunate to be given this opportunity to journey with them.
4. My swim instruction from Fitz at Chicago Blue Dolphins made a big difference in my swim stroke. My legs no longer drag the bottom when I swim. I never knew that my armpits had anything to do with my stroke - Fitz told me to thrust my armpits down while gliding to achieve better balance and elevate my legs. Worked like a charm! I might make the swim cutoff after all!
5. I really learned a lot about core strength from Nancy, who does functional testing for Vision Quest. Nancy's little, but she's STRONG - by the end, I was saying, "Yes ma'am, Miss Nancy!" She tested our strength (i.e. push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, etc.), our flexibility (i.e. hamstring/calf flexibility, etc.), and our stability (i.e. one legged squats, kneeling on top of training balls, etc.). Nancy made everything look so easy when she illustrated the exercises, but guess what? It was far from easy. I was sore for three days after this testing - shows how much work I have to do!
6. I was the only guy in the whole facility with "hair pants" (as Stu called my hairy legs). I've been so resistant to shaving - it's just so unnatural in my mind!
8. Our team has the coolest sponsors. Rachel from Saris/CycleOps was there the whole day, and she was so helpful for me because I had never used a power meter before. She gave me a crash course to be able to use the meter that day - thanks, Rachel.
9. I'm really looking forward to working with my VQ coach Dan. He made a special effort to come and meet me at VQ that day. We sat and chatted about my goals and how I can achieve them. We also discussed the results of my testing done that day, which he will use to tailor my training regimen. I've never had a coach before - this is SWEET!
10. We also had some serious spousal support that day in Chicago. Wil's husband James was there, taking incredible pictures of us in various states of pain and laughter - the pictures in this post were taken by him. My wife Lisa also attended . I was really glad she was there to share in the magic of that day at Vision Quest with my Evotri teammates.