Coach Amy Robel Competes in Ironman Wisconsin
Amy has been a select coach with Pewaukee Sussex United the past 4 years, and was a player at UW Oshkosh. She currently coaches U13G Red.
This past Sunday, I participated in Ironman Wisconsin. This is a long-distance triathlon that starts with a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride and you finish with a marathon, 26.2 mile run. I completed the race in 12 hours and 36 minutes which was 54 minutes faster than my goal time! I could not have asked for a better day, Lake Monona was calm, it was sunny and just a bit of wind and the support from fans on the course was amazing. I had a great support crew that included my entire family and my best friends who spent all day on the course, finding me and cheering me on in all different places.
I had been training for this event for the past 8 months. Most of my training was swimming, biking and running but I also included core workouts, weights and Crossfit to mix things up. I spent most of my training biking and swimming with guys who are faster and better than me. Biking is my weakest leg of the race and I knew if I wanted to be successful, I would have to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself to get better. There were many times when I spent 3-4 hours chasing the guys up and down the hills of Lake Country and asking myself why did I sign up for the Ironman!! But the only way to get better is to work hard and be willing to learn from others. It was great to see improvement over this training period and to see the results in the race but I have a long way to go. I want to get better and after a break from the bike, am going to be putting more time and effort to improve my speed, power and endurance. This mentality can be applied to all aspects of life, including soccer. If you want to get better you have to be willing to put in the time and effort to see improvement. You have to be able to listen to coaches and apply what they teach you. You have to be willing to play with players who are better than you and against teams that are better than yours. But most of all you have to have to find that desire and passion within you. Parents, coaches, teachers, teammates and friends cannot have that desire for you; as an athlete, a player, or a teammate you have to want to improve in order to see improvement._
p=. Congratulations Amy!