I thought it was just going to be a meet and greet and didn't think too much about it. I was about to discover, however, that to become the best, when choosing a coach, you must look beyond the laymen fundamentals of boring stuff such as experience, proven success, a customized training plan, and regular feedback. What matters even more are all the perks that come with these fundamentals. Yes, it's these perks that when combined with the right coach, will give you that edge you need to take it to the next level. Here are the perks I learned about...
1. Fountain Sports Drinks and Gels
2. Indoor Race Simulations
Don't tell Levi Leipheimer, but this CTS client totally kicked his ass in this stage of the US Pro in Colorado (I saw it!). And yeah, she is reading a magazine.
3. A Wattage Cottage Workout Room
*Breaking 2000 watts on your recovery rides is not endorsed by CTS but rather hyperbole used by the author to portray an element of humor.
4. An HGH Room
5. Yellow Jerseys
6. A Personalized Cubbyhole
This dude won't be back for awhile, so I've agreed to timeshare his space. (I think the walnut shade really looks nice with my jacket.)
7. "Retired Pro Seek n' Find" Picture Books
8. A Smiley Support Staff
Special Ops guy Jim Rutberg, and Adam Pulford, the guy who set up my training account--no, he doesn't read my daily training (a.k.a. diary entries), not even the laughable "boo hoo I'm going to crack entries." I asked.
Anyway, so yeah, it was a good day to see what all goes into the CTS operations and meet some of the staff who cross checks my training plans. I felt pretty cool to get the VIP treatment and like I was some famous journalist with my expensive iPhone camera, snapping pictures and asking poignant questions like "Can these computers access the Internet?" and "Really, now, what's a high maintenance client--like how many calls exactly?"
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that Chris Carmichael and I are like best friends now. Yeah. Whatever, you know, no biggie. Well, OK, I didn't actually meet him but I took a picture of his office, so you know...it's like the same thing...
Seriously, I want to be friends with anyone who has two desks in their office. Don't you?