Tuesday, November 30, 2010

2010 Season Review and 2011 Preview

2010 was my most successful year of racing since I entered into the sport of triathlon. I finished 4th at Memphis In May, I smashed my course record at Elkhart Lake International Triathlon, finished 5th at Ironman Wisconsin and set personal best numbers all season long.

Though hugely successful, this season did not come without some very low points.  In fact, I briefly contemplated laying down my sword after a terrible race at Ironman Lake Placid. I was not meeting my expectations and things were continuing to go exactly how I did not want them to go.

After the race I took a week and visited my brother, hung out in New York and got completely away from the lifestyle and sport.  On the way back to Wisconsin I asked myself why I chose this sport as my career. The answer was because I LOVED IT!

Everything else aside, when it comes down to it there is nothing I would rather do than get out there and swim, ride and run; push my body to it's limit and see just how much I can make it hurt. I didn't do it because I needed to go 8:xx in an Ironman or 3:xx in a half ironman.  YES, I am competitive, YES I want to win, but if I competed for those reasons alone, I wouldn't last very long.

In addition to my own performance, I also thought about the satisfaction and reward I get in passing along what I have learned over the last decade. In short, I also do it for my athletes and the community.  What I see people achieve and the self belief that this sport instills in them is unmatched.

I came away from that conversation with myself and decided that I needed to approach my next Ironman in a new way.  I needed to take the workouts that I knew worked the best for me and that I believed in the most and do them.  Then I needed to address what I knew was a limiter of mine; my head.  I sought out Bobby McGee for some sports psychology (one of the best in the world) and learned more about the mental side of triathlon in 6 weeks, than I had in the previous 9 years.

What resulted for me was my best ironman finish to date and a foundation to build upon over the next decade.  All of this came after a build with setbacks that included a crash 5 weeks out from the race and a trip to the ER just 3 weeks out from the big day. Sometimes we shine in the face of adversity.

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2011 is going to be a huge year for me.  It will mark the 10th anniversary of Ironman Wisconsin, I will turn 30 and I will hit the 12,000 lifetime training hour mark!!  Needless to say, my focus for the year will be shining in front of the people who mean the most to me.

To add to this, I have launched a multi-sport team here in Madison that I am very excited about.  I will have opportunity to work face to face with 24 athletes and personally help them achieve their triathlon goals.

Outside of sport I have a few goals as well, but I will keep those to myself! ;)  Life is great, I am thankful for every day and am excited to see what the future will bring!

Blake

ps - If you are free this coming Sunday (December 5th) from 6:00-8:00pm, come to the Trek Store Madison West and check out what the team is all about.  Come meet the other team members, their families, sponsors and get details on everything!! Email me for more information or if you cannot make it.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Finally an UPDATE!

Though the blog has been quiet over the last month, there has been a lot going on with me and Blake Becker Multisport Coaching LLC. 
Racing:
I am currently writing this blog on my way down to race my last Ironman of the 2010 season in Panama City Beach.  This will be my 3rd time toeing the line here, which means I am quite familiar with both the city and the race itself.  Let’s just say prep has gone well and I am looking forward to getting out there and getting things started. You can follow the race online over at www.ironman.com this coming saturday starting at 6:50am CST.
New Website:
You will notice that www.blakebecker.com has a new look.  A big thanks to Kaili Purviance at Clever Melon LLC for putting together one awesome, easily updatable site.  I also want to thank Gary Geiger of Gary Geiger Photography for providing me with some great photo’s that you will see rotating throughout the site!
2011 Multisport Team:
I am excited to announce that Blake Becker Multisport Coaching LLC with be launching a multisport team in 2011.  The team will be coached by myself and will be comprised of athletes with varying abilities; some will have never completed a triathlon in their life, while others will be seasoned veterans. The team is designed to make triathlon work within your life, while involving family both inside and outside of the sport! In addition, the team will have a number of sponsors who will be providing a significant discount to athletes.
Team workouts will start in January 2011 and athletes will have a variety of options to make the team training fit their schedule.  
Our current practice schedule is as follows (athletes choose 3):
- Sunday afternoon swim 4:00pm (bring the family!)
- Tuesday morning run 9:00am
- Tuesday evening run 6:00pm
- Thursday morning bike 9:00am
- Thursday evening bike 7:15pm
If you like to work hard and are looking for a fun motivating environment, this team is for you.  You can find more information over at www.blakebecker.com, or you can contact me directly at blakebeck@gmail.com. There are currently 8 more openings for athletes in 2011.
**Team Informational Night. December 5th 6:00pm - 8:00pm Trek Store Madison West**
Come meet current team members, pick up information, register and get all your questions answered by Blake. You will also be able to enjoy snacks and drinks.

Personal Coaching:
I have opened up a few additional personal coaching slots for 2011. There are two openings left as I write this, so if you are interested please drop me an email asap. Athletes will get fully customized coaching designed to meet every one of their needs. Personal Coaching also includes a team membership.
Facebook & Twitter:
Blake Becker Multisport Coaching LLC is now on Facebook and Twitter.  Follow the links on my homepage and keep up on the latest happenings.
Multisport Camps:
So many of you have asked me to run more than 1 triathlon camp in 2011.  I have taken notice and will be running at least 2 camps (perhaps 3) throughout the season.  These weekend camps are run Fri-Sun and include everything you will need other than lodging and transportation. Check back soon for camp dates and details!
Multisport Forum:
Check out the multisport forum here. This forum is free your information will not be shared and is designed to be a resource for you to get training and racing questions answered.  You will also be able to buy and sell your training and racing gear, organize training with others and meet other athletes in the area!

Stay tuned to my website and blog for more information coming soon...