I was not new to the sport of triathlon at this point in my life. I had been out of the sport for a couple of years, but I knew the basics of what needed to happen to train for a race. So I reached into my “vast” knowledge of the sport— about 6 races worth — and decided to coach myself.
How hard could it be, right?
About a month into my “program”, I had dropped just over ten pounds, but there was my lack of routine in my training. I was deciding day to day what I would train, how long I would train, etc. This wasn’t working for me.It was then that I reached out to the absolute best resource I have when it comes to all things multi-sport; William Jones and 4th Dimension Fitness.
Let’s Get to Work!
Will was my coach in my first two 70.3’s and we had become friends during that process. I called Will, told him what I was wanting to do, and what my current situation; i.e. weight, fitness level, and schedule, was. He said “Let’s get to work,” and that was that.
The best thing about working with a coach that knows you and has worked with you before is they know what you need better than you do. The first month Will actually had me doing less training then I was doing myself. Before I called him, I had made the decision that I would follow his plan and trust in the process, no matter what.
Two months into training for the Eagleman 70.3, I decided that I needed to add a couple of warm-up races to my schedule better prepare myself. After calling Will and discussing this with him, he agreed and told me that at least two more races would be ideal.
I added a sprint distance triathlon two months out from Eagleman, and an Olympic distance triathlon a month out from Eagleman.
At around the same time I decided to add more races, I also noticed that I was starting to get light-headed at times. I had dropped around 15 more pounds, and I was working out 5-6 days a week. My wife suggested that I start using my blood pressure cuff and log my blood pressure.
Reducing My Meds
What we noticed was that my blood pressure was running in the 115/70 range, or lower, at different times of the day. I decided that I would take half of my meds to see if that helped, and I made a doctor’s appointment, just to make sure.
Sure enough, by the time I made it to the doc he completely agreed with my self-assessment. He wrote me a new script for a lower dose of my meds. He actually wrote it for a quarter dose and told me to take two. He believed me when I said that I had a goal and was on my way to achieving that goal.
The doc told me that as I dropped more weight if I noticed myself getting light headed on a regular basis again to just take one pill. He also told me to continue logging my BP so there would be a record of it.
Come back next Friday to read the next chapter in my story…
This post is part of a series of guest posts written by friend, Mike Franklin. Mike and I, and his wife Kelly, have known each other since college, when we marched together in the Spirit of Northwestern (SON) Marching Band at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Fork ’em Demons!
I admire Mike’s dedication to taking better care of his health, and I hope that his story inspires you. I hope you’ll come back to the blog to reach all five of Mike’s great guest posts; and to see his incredible before and after pictures.