A Degree in Triathlon
by Sue Aquila
I was recently speaking with a young triathlete who was lamenting his “relationship” with his coach. He was complaining that his coach has been hard on him lately for not following the workouts. He then went on to complain about how he has some strong weeks of training and then ends up injured. I find these conversations interesting as a business owner, coach and “mature” (as in over 35) triathlete.
I work with many college students and I often refer to them as the “microwave generation.” Most of them do not remember a time without a microwave. Their palate for delayed gratification is impaired. They don’t understand why they aren’t hired to be a manager immediately or why they haven’t developed the next Facebook already.
Since this is ultra month on Endurance Corner, I thought it would be helpful to write about thinking long term in our development as triathletes. Sure, there are a few of you out there with the genetic gifts to qualify for Kona on your first attempt. For the rest of us, developing a long term perspective is the difference between reaching your dreams and being a one and done.
When I started my commitment to ironman, I decided that I was getting a college degree in triathlon. In my mind I made a four year commitment to my coach and my plan.
Getting a degree in triathlon requires choosing the right teacher and making the commitment to invest your time in the education. The microwave may be fast but too often the quality of the end product is poor.
My plan next year is a Master’s degree in triathlon...
Sue Aquila is a USAT Level 1 coach who balances her ironman training with running a successful business that she built from the ground up. She blogs regularly at fewoman.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @fewoman.