Finishing up the 2015 season

Tri 4 Fun athletes had an Amazing 2015 season and so did  Coach Thea.  Congrats to Jennifer Redmond, Gappy Tjan and Howard Uniman on becoming an Ironman.  Ironman Maryland was truly a challenging race this year and you all did amazing.  Congrats to Karen Okupniak on NYC Marathon, Atlantic City 70.3 as well a several 1/2 marathons.  You came back from injury like a champ and all the slow and gradual work paid off!  Tri 4 Fun Athlete, Ian Davis had another solid year of racing in Black Bear Olympic, Unite Half marathon (PR), an epic bike tour in the Colorado mountains, NJ State Olympic(PR) and finishing out with Toughman on the Croton 70.3.  New  Tri 4 Fun athlete for the 2015, Jill Corrigan, also had a strong year.  She PR her “A” race the Pumpkinman sprint by 10 minutes! Jill also completed her first Olympic triathlon at Black Bear.  Brave girl tackling that for her first and hopes in 2016 to get to AG nationals.

This was a busy year for me as a coach and athlete.  I managed to place in the top 3 in my AG at every race I entered and placed 1st in AG at Patriot 70.3 earning a spot at the AG Nationals.  Unfortunately, I was unable to go to nationals as we already had a family vacations planned but maybe I can do it again next year!  Quakerman Olympic+ (38mile bike) ended my season and allowed me one more AG 2nd place for the year.

Once the season started winding down, I took on the new Ironman Coach Certification program and passed, becoming an Ironman Certified Coach in December.  I throughly enjoyed the program and all the continuing education it provided me.  The next Ironman program that I hope to take on is the nutrition program.  I always say the more I can learn the better and there is never one right way, so the more places I can learn from the more broad my knowledge becomes.

The 2016 season is looking exciting already too.  I am once again full with clients that I can one on one coach on a monthly basis and I am working on offering Beginner Plans in all three race distances that will not require one on one coaching but will provide athletes a solid training plan to get them to their first race at any distance.  These new plans will use Training Peaks to deliver  the plan to the clients and I will have a Facebook page for answering any questions these clients may have about the plan.

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