After some decent results over the past couple years, I started chatting with different people about the prospect of taking my pro card - with the initial idea of continuing to work full-time while racing as a pro. People had OPINIONS, and were not afraid to share. Many people expected me to have some clearly defined "goal", centered around results or race times. Some were critical, supportive, judgmental, and lord knows what they said about it behind my back. I don’t really care. But I did learn this…..it’s not obvious. There is no right answer. And don’t believe anyone who is dogmatic in their view, because they don’t know you as well as they think they do.
All of these conversations reminded me that triathlon attracts all types of people, especially many self-proclaimed “type A” people (as if it's a badge of honor) who have very grandiose goals - and egos to match. But it also attracts people with different priorities...the people who aren't scared to suck, who just want to get better, who will try crazy new things and not be afraid - I guess I'm one of those. Over the years my interest in the sport has intensified, but no matter what happens.... I’m surely not attached to a specific outcome.
As I was thinking about what was in store for 2017 , I re-connected with an old friend, Mike McCormick (aka, “M2”). He was an awesome pro back in the 90s with a no b.s. approach to triathlon and trained with the top cyclists in the world in Spain early in his career. He flies under the radar, cares deeply, and knows his shit. (He also owns a cycling gym in San Francisco, where I spend a lot of time training). We started chatting about triathlon and how I’ve evolved over the past couple years and of course the question of “what are your goals?” popped up. When I simply said, “to see how fast I can get”, Mike’s face lit up and he said…. "that is exactly what I wanted in the sport.”
At that moment, I decided I would convince Mike to coach me. No questions. Turns out he emailed me the next day with the same idea.
And here we are.
“Don’t chase numbers or results, chase sensations.” - M2