Mary Eggers

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Every day gets better

Three days ago I had a triple hernia repair, right along the midline of my abdomen. Read the fun here. I went into this surgery healthy and came out of it healthy. Even as a nurse who has spent her life taking care of critically ill children, this threw me for a physical and educational loop.

Post op day one was all right. I walked a mile in the morning and another in the evening. I spectated Curt, Luc, Jenie and Dave at a 5K! But by night time…. I was one hurting puppy. I had some good medication that I was using to get through the day but as midnight rolled around, ow. My abdomen was swollen, throbbing and everything hurt.

At midnight I decided it was time to get a hold of myself. I took a dose of medication, went to sleep and woke up determined to take control of this situation. I kept telling myself….  Imagine if you were sick!  I came into this in great shape and I will be back at it soon. I am just not used to not being able to even empty the dishwasher (but hey, the doc said I should never empty it again! Who am I to argue!).

I didn’t build a season of fitness in 1 week and I won’t lose it in 1 week either.

I am laughing how I thought I would be back on my bike yesterday! Thoughts of racing at this moment make me laugh, which hurts to do so please do not make me laugh.

I can’t shake the thought though….. I came into this fit and healthy. I have no comorbidities and take no medications. All I have as a surgical side effect is pain. I am up to walking four one mile loops of my neighborhood. The more I move the better I feel.

I think of everyone I have cared for over the years. Who don’t come into it healthy. Who don’t get to go home the same day they go under general anesthesia. Their biggest worry isn’t getting back on their bike, it’s how will they get home? Even though I witnessed it first hand…. I still need to be reminded.

What we get to do in this life, in our sport…. what a gift. I was raised as an athlete. I didn’t find sport by quitting smoking or going through a life crisis at a certain age. I was raised this way. It’s all I know. I have never dated someone who wasn’t an athlete, it’s no wonder I met my husband though sport.

I think sometimes we as athletes can get elitist about our chosen sports. We allow it to foster relationships and we also allow it…. to break relationships. Camps develop around these athletes versus those athletes….. and at the end of the day… does it matter?

Not only was I raised an athlete I was taught to appreciate being an athlete, and all of the gifts that come along with it. Personal issues should never develop between a start and finish line. Strength within oneself and strength between a community should. Sport is where we can learn, and for me it’s where I have developed resiliency, mental strength and the passion to follow my dreams. There is not room for personal indifference within sport for me. Life is hard enough, why allow that to cross over here?

From sport… passion to follow my dreams has bled over into my career as a nurse, in my own education and in our coaching. It’s taught me to simply dismiss naysayers, those who exist just to argue, and mean people. Period. I dismiss. And move on. Like I said, life is hard enough, we don’t need to make it harder. We are all in this together and at the end of the day….. sport continues to be our luxury.

As I navigate this recovery…. trust me within a week I will be on the bike, back in the pool and starting to run again. My body will thank me and reward me for a much needed break (I trained HARD going into this. I just don’t post that stuff on social media… it’s mine!). I will head to our training camps and I will continue the build towards nationals.

It’s now post op day four and I have significant pain and swelling, which are both to be expected with this repair. I am up to 3 one mile walks per day, I had aimed for a fourth but pain took that away last evening. Walking is one of the best things you can do post op if you can do it, trust me they aren’t anywhere NEAR a pace that I should be worried about. Pain is always a very good governor.

I am truly amazed at what our bodies are capable of. Even though I am in pain it’s a pain that will get better, it’s a pain from a repair not from my body breaking down. One day at a time.

One of my physical friends gave me this little nugget with the advice that I need to change my motto for a short time “Work up to the pain, not through it.” This time…. that fits me perfect.

 

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Coaching with Team Eggers!

Curt and I super exited about the beginning of the 2015 season, with Curt coming on board Valor Triathlon Project and assisting me with my group of athletes, I honestly didn’t know how I did this without him! To be able to confer on all of our athletes’ training programs, collaborate on the direction in which to take them….. it’s just been a GIFT.

Our athletes are loving it, we are loving it….. it’s like we have been able to bring a whole new dimension to what we can offer.

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We are currently accepting athletes for summer and fall, if you are interested shoot us an email at valortri “at” gmail “dot” com. Take a look at our website to learn the specifics on what we can offer as well.

Our vision is to continue to work with a stable of athletes, of all levels and abilities. I had the honor of coaching one professional (Jennie!) to an Ironman victory and am presently working with another athlete whom I will soon be handing off to a coach who can take them to the professional status they desire. I also had the ability to work with now professional Matt Curbeau in the beginning of his triathlon career.

The developmental level is really where I am most comfortable. I like to develop skills and when an athlete wants to step up to that next level (professional) I have good friends who’s full time job is TO work with athletes at that level that I can send them to. That developmental level is truly where I as a coach is strongest. But really we work with all levels of athletes, beginners right on up. And while our speciality happens to be Ironman we focus on everything in between!

I am always aiming to be a better coach. Even though I have been at this for 11 years I still feel there is so much to learn. I have had incredible experiences training under top coaches as an athlete and as a coach, who have allowed me to grow and solidify my own ethics and standards in how I personally coach. With my  swimming focus beginning in August not only will I have the chance to finish a chapter in my life that I didn’t (more on that later) but it will afford me more time to focus on coaching.

Curt and I really love what we do, and to have him as my coaching partner now is truly amazing. We have always functioned best as a team, so as we take on new athletes…. you get both of us. Two coaches for the price of one so to speak!

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We never want to be one of those coaching organizations who is so big that we don’t know who our athletes are. We never want to coach by strict algorithm, it’s more than excel borders and formulas down to the minute. Yes those are important pieces to planning, but anyone can write a workout. That’s the easy part. Can you change a set on a dime because you know it’s better for the athlete’s psyche, even though it doesn’t fit into the calculated spreadsheet? Can you pull the plug on their big day because you can feel they need a rest? Regardless of the plan? Planning is easy. Load, adapt and recover, apply more load. There are a hundred coined terms to explain that very flow. Pillars, buckets, blocks…. it’s all the same idea, different language.

How you communicate with athletes, how you read them, how they read you…. that’s the gold. We as coaches communicate through email, text and phone. I tend to email and text with certain athletes more and speak with them by phone less and for others I , speak by phone more and text them less. It’s just the communication style we tend to develop. I like to be in touch. Even if it’s just a HEY type of note. My athletes know we are here for them all of the time. We don’t help them through their issues by assigning surveys and creating score cards. We listen. We develop. We collaborate with our athletes and one another. We have a team of coaches at Valor also we rely on.

We surround ourselves with good people, that’s our biggest condition. We don’t care if our athletes are first or last in a race. We don’t care if they are beginner, younger, older, we don’t care. We are in the business of people, plain and simple. When our athletes move on from our coaching stable we keep them around, we love them to be part of our community.  We are deep rooted in community, and we want to continue to keep building that in our little team. We love everything that Valor Triathlon project stands for, our athletes and our coaches. We are peanut butter and jelly. We just go together!

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We are brainstorming and developing some new and fun things to bring to the table for our athletes in the 2016 season. If you are interested in our coaching services check out my coaching page here, Curt’s coaching page here, and you can get in touch with us through the contact forms on those pages!!!

Team Eggers would love to work with you, and help YOU achieve YOUR dreams!!!!