Free Agent

February 2, 2009

I am not ashamed to admit that I fell asleep before the Superbowl got exciting. However, I am a little disappointed. I was grateful for the sleep this morning at 5am when I got up for my swim, though!

I am having an interesting week of triathlon transition. I left my wonderful coach this week. It’s so sad when you do that. Like a breakup. All the “It’s not you, it’s me. Can we still be friends?”. Anyway, she was a gracious as ever and I think she’s smart enough to realize that it is no reflection on her coaching performance. So I am a free agent and not really sure what to do next.
GB and I are making a concerted effort to pay off our debts while I am working on this sunny island. The plan is to make some major positive financial shifts during the next six months. Enter triathlon: the enemy of financial struggles. Giving up triathlon or even taking a break is simply not an option. We both recognize that I am only a nice person because I swim, bike, and run. Without those, I might not be such a desirable wife. In fact, I’m sure I wouldn’t be. But these are expensive coping mechanisms. Gym fees, gear, coaching, racing, travel, etc. – big expenses. Huge expenses for people who are committed to financial improvement.
So I am a free agent until we figure out a creative solution to the coaching problem. Part of me wonders if I could do it myself. I’m terrified of wasting an entire season making it up as I go, but it could also be exciting and rewarding. Tough call. I know tons of people coach themselves successfully, but I’m not sure I could be one of them. Anyway, I’m going to sit with it for a few weeks and see how it feels.
In the meantime, I leave in THREE days to see GB again for the first time in six weeks!! We are so excited. We’re going to a cabin to cross country ski, ski, ski for a whole week. I am beside myself with excitement.


2 Responses to “Free Agent”

  1. marit c-l Says:

    Oh Ness – I’m sorry about this! That must have been a really tough call. But it doesn’t have to be permanent…. Liz is an incredible coach – and I know that she’s taught you a lot of stuff along the way! πŸ™‚ You’re not the only one cutting back on stuff – Nate and I are really being careful with money, trying to pay down our final credit card. It’s tough: but the little things that we do now WILL make a difference. I have to admit: my sushi consumption has taken quite the hit. Not anywhere near the same as a coach – but still…

    Hooray for the reunion between you and GB! Those are the best! Enjoy the skiing and cozy cabin… πŸ™‚

  2. Beth Says:

    I’m sorry too Ness! But like Marit said, it doesn’t have to be permanant! Tough choices that we have to make – I think everyone has been doing it in some form or another… Regardless – I hope you and GB have a wonderful time skiing together!! And you will see your dogs no? YEAHHHH!!! πŸ™‚

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