I’ve Got a New Coach!

Photo of Ben Greenfield on a bicycle

About a month ago I answered a job posting from the Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast. Ben was looking for someone to take over the audio production, some website duties and to co-host the podcast each week. I applied and, low and behold, I got the position. I am having a *hoot* so far. The learning curve was steep but Ben seemed happy enough to throw me in and let me flail about until I got it. I think I am… getting it…

In exchange for my audio/web nerd prowess, Ben is now my coach and nutritionist.

The Coach

Ben Greenfield is recognized as one of the top fitness, triathlon, nutrition and metabolism experts in the USA. He coaches and trains individuals for weight loss, lean muscle gain, holistic wellness, and sports performance. He also runs the Rock Star Triathlete Academy and was voted the Personal Trainer of the Year, by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, in 2008. Ben was the Director of Sports Performance and managed the physiology and biomechanics laboratory at Champions Sports Medicine in Spokane, WA. He is now a full time coach, trainer, nutritionist and author.

All that to say: I think I am in good hands.

The Plan

Ben jumped in as my coach at an odd time – just a few weeks before the Disney “Goofy” Marathon and a Half – but has got me on a great mixed-bag approach to training. Since last February I have been running, running and running some more. Ben has got me in the pool twice a week, on the bike 3 times a week, doing weights 2 times a week, yoga/stretching/foamrolling nearly every day, and (of course) running 4 times a week. Yes, it does sound like triathlon training… and it is. My goal, after the Goofy, is to complete an Ironman 70.3 race in the spring. We have already started towards that goal while still preparing for the marathons.

We are using Training Peaks to communicate the workouts, back and forth, but I am still keeping my WorkoutLog up to date too, if you are curious as to what I am up to.

As soon as the Goofy is over I will be starting in on the REV Diet plan to “reboot my body and start eating the right foods and then to put my body into fat-burning, high performance mode”. Sounds good to me – I’ll let you know how it goes.

The Podcast

Yesterday I completed my fourth podcast with Ben. You can subscribe in iTunes or go to the Ben Greenfield Fitness website to hear the weekly show. Feel free to let me know what you think! I am new to this so constructive feedback is welcome!