Being a school teacher and all, I catch a lot of flack. Last year on President's Day, I asked a friend if they had to go to work, or if like myself, they had a holiday. They politely told me "No, us in the real world have to work on Monday." Oh, my bad. While the nations schools take a break from raising your children, to honor the founders of our country, you still have to trudge through the 9-5. FYI my job is in the real world. well, sort of. I do teach PE.
People also think that teachers are lazy. Mid February, while being at school up to 16 hours a day, training in the dark, I just keep my eye on the prize of June 10th and the slight chance of sleeping in so I can potentially recharge and get ready to raise your kids again for you in the fall.
This summer, however, there was little down time. It seemed as if we were heading to races one to two days a weekend from San Diego to Lodi in search of competition, learning, and punishment. In the car and through the short weeks I studied stacks of books about training, heart rate versus power training, biomechanics and kinesiology. When it was all said and done, I walked away with a USA Cycling Level 3 Coaching Certification and an ACE Personal Training Certification. And promptly reported back to my day job. So yes, I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to study during the day for such things. Not to mention train mid-day, work on team the team website, send emails, surf through Trainingpeaks.com and help my fellow teammates develop as riders and athletes.
Read between the lines, I had a stellar summer.