Ok...You gotta either give Hector (my Ironman trainer) credit for his creativity, or wonder if he got some of his training techniques from working at Gitmo with our detainees!! Today was a workout I definitely didn't expect!!
I got to Hector's gym in his building downtown and got on the treadmill for a 20 minute warm up! Hector was running a little late so he rushed in with his tri bike and gear, set it down and pulled out some resistance bands. "Oooooohhh Noooo.." I thought to myself. Today is gonna hurt.
He came over to the treadmill and jammed the elevations from 3.0 to 9.0 and had me jog there for about 3 minutes. I watched my heart rate teeter on the high end of Zone 2...but it was as if he knew right where to set it to keep me in the zone.
He ushered me off the treadmill and handed me two 10lb weights and showed me the door to the stairwell. He sent me 20 flights up. By flight 5 I was starting to feel it, by flight 10 I was breathing hard, by flight 16, I was glad as hell whoever built this structure was superstitious and didn't put in a flight 13...and by the time I got to the top..I was whipped.
Hector took the elevator...of course.
He took one of my hand weights and sent me back down..the hard way of course to do this again.
When the stairs were done, we were not! He proceeded to take me through a series of drills using the resistance bands. One of these drills included wrapping the band around my waist and running across the length of the gym with Hector pulling on the other end. At the one hour mark, I was absolutely drenched in sweat and totally exhausted. I could speak and my heart rate was up there but he had kept an eye on things to make sure i was in the right zone.
Hector looked me and told me: "You are the strongest I have ever seen you in the months I have been training you. You are going to break 8 hours at Augusta. Stay focused on the training...not on the math. Believe in your training and this will all come together. Trust me."
There are alot of emotions I had for Hector today. (Especially climbing the stairs...I was planning his death with every step)..but one thing must be for certain...I definitely trust this coach to get me where I need to go.