“sorry but this will have to be all lower case because of the busted right wing. anway, it finally happened—the race i knew i was capable of…an even, constant effort was what we trained for and the windy conditions and rough road surface really worked to my advantage. Came out of the swim in 54 mins, 2:00 behind. it was unbelievably choppy, and really screwed up some people, but as a surfer i loved it. on the bike went straight ot 3rd place. the 2 in front looked to be working much harder to me, so i left them to beat each other up. One of them blew at 90K, and I was close to picking off the other at 120K when the car decided to clean me up in the foyer of the race hotel (which was the turnaround for each lap) I lost 2:40. The first time i tried to remount my arm couldn’t handle the weight, but i decided to bear the pain and try again cause I knew i was so “on” i didn’t want to lose this chance. First 60k my h/r was 150-155, 60-120K 155-160, 120-180K 160-165. I got stronger throughout the bike, especially over the last 60K. Took the lead at 145K and came in with a 6 minute lead to second and 10 mins to the 2 guys who I was most worried about who have gone sub 9 hours/top 10 at Forster I/M.…the longer cranks an computrainer have also definitely improved my biking. …I ran pretty comfortably at 160-165 for first hour, and added another 2 mins to my lead. hour 2 hr fell a bit to 155-160, and from then onwards 150-155. my 10.5k splits were 45/46/47mins, and the last lap i just cruised having noted the other guys had all blown up horribly. just wanted to make sure i won it,and wasn’t prepared to risk screwing it up. had a slight scare when my hammies started ot cramp at 32k, so just walked it out then cruised home. it was a great experience—i’m not used to the the flashing cameras at the finishline, or the interviews, etc. it was like i was someone else for the weekend…”
Manly, New South Wales
“Thanks for being my coach, coach! I couldn’t have come even close to coming close without your exemplary coaching expertise. HPE has enabled me to reach a fitness level which would have been IMPOSSIBLE to achieve on my own. The best part about this is I KNOW I’M GOING TO CONTINUE TO GET BETTER! I am positive of this. I have gone from placing in the middle of the pack to, now placing in the top 5 of my age group (25–29)! That’s amazing. HAMMER —YOU the MAN!!!!—”
West Chester, PA
“Awesome as always Jeff. Let me say this before the day comes: I have enjoyed immensely working with you again. I might be a person who performs better with coaching, but I also think I have some unique chemistry with you—those times and splits you just wrote about I can “feel” mentally as being spot on so your intuition is right there as it always has been for what I’m physically capable of/not capable of. It’s been great being “nervous,” by that I mean “good” nervous, before workouts looking at sessions which I know will be challenging but not off the chart in difficulty.”
Lawrence (Chip) Moffat, M.D.
“I can’t begin to express my sincere appreciation, enjoyment and respect for the highly professional on-line coaching. Your weekly schedules and recommendations was not what I expected…you surpassed my expectations! Thank you for helping me achieve my first Ironman (Lake Placid, 1999) with confidence, due to your excellent coaching—finishing strong, healthy and ready to do it again meant a lot! Thanks again!”
Human Resources Manager
“I’ve been meaning to write this for some time now. I wanted to let you know that when I first began doing triathlons all I thought about going into a race was trying to finish. Yes, I trained for each event but did so with an emphasis of just “making it.” Eventually, I became comfortable and realized that I could finish and settled into finishing in the 65th to 70th percentile of almost every race I did in a season, as much as eight races a year. In 1998, I decided to do an Ironman, again I got scared wondering if I could just finish but something made me decide that if I was willing to commit to such a significant thing in one’s life that I should do more than just finish…I should do my very best. I did my research and found you.
It was a great decision by me so much that as I write this today (in 2000) you are still coaching me. Well, I’m sure the readers want to know what impact you had on me. Simple, I finished my first IM very strong for a man my age (44) 12 hours and I am now focused on qualifying for Kona. Evenmoreso, I have consistently improved my finishes over the past three years regardless of distance and now find myself in the top 25% of every race I have entered. Your coaching has been the difference. I know that your ability to go beyond simple workout schedules and covering everything from proper gear, nutrition, race strategies and psychology has been the difference between wanting to continue in this sport and not.
I encourage anyone who may have a goal of just simply getting into shape or even one of competing and improving performance to seek out coaching. However, not just any coaching but one that encompasses all the critical elements; this type of experience will easily be the difference between success and failure and remember success is measured in many ways (not just performance) happiness and how long you stick with it…”