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Bryan Monzon

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I’ve Been Writing

On January 8 of this year I wrote a post about writing. I may have written another but I can’t seem to find it.

I’ve been especially committed to writing this year. This will be my 15th post since January 1st. That’s pretty close to how much I’ve written all the other years combined. That doesn’t include what I’ve been doing on Tri Coaches. There I’ve got a 4 posts published plus 1 more that’s been written and needs some graphics.

I’m not sure what’s different for me this year than any other. I’ve always wanted to write. I’ve always felt like I didn’t do it enough and had the desire to do it more. Writing has always been a great way for me to purge some feelings and thoughts but it’s never been a consistent thing in my life. When something happens, like my dad in the hospital (something that’s never been published) I write. It’s cathartic for me. I’m dealing with this shoulder injury, so I write.

What is different for me is my desire to be a triathlon coach. I posted about it here and here. One of the things I realize about coaching triathlon versus swimming is my confidence. I can coach just about any level of swimmer. I’m less confident coaching about any level of triathlete.

I need to learn. I need to continue reading books. One of which I need to pick back up. I need to write and form thoughts and opinions. I need to show my expertise and I realized a blog is a great place for that. They don’t need to be set-in-stone facts but they need to be formulated and communicated.

I had the domain tricoaches.com and was thinking about using it for some kind of coaching job board. I was looking to monetize it. I think that’s putting the cart ahead of the horse, though.

One of the things I’ve learned from a few podcasts and content marketing people on Twitter is 1) you have to just write valuable content and hit publish. 2) You need to find a market that will find your content interesting.

So, I’m writing content. I’m writing about the business of triathlon and what’s it’s like starting my own business. I’ve invited an old friend to start writing as well because she’s starting her career in coaching/personal training.

Our next hurdle is getting content out in the world. I’m always nervous about this. It’s a lot of the fear I mention in my post about what is going to make this year different. I need to get over that. Working with someone will make it easier, for sure.

Working with someone is also motivating. I want to keep up and stay on top of things and keep coming up with ideas.

Ideas are easy to come by if you’re paying attention. It’s really tough when it’s not on the forefront of your mind. I’m trying to keep it there and schedule posts immediately with a working title.

Using CoSchedule is proving invaluable. I’m plotting out 2 posts a week and I’m good through the middle of March. I can’t believe how much CoSchedule helps. It’s like magic. I’ve tried other calendars but this one seems best. It might just be the timing but I think it also has to do with it being a software as a service and hosted elsewhere. It just does way more than the top plugins that operate within the confines of your WordPress site.

This blog will still be a dumping ground for me. I don’t give a shit if no one reads it. I don’t publicize it at all and that’s fine by me. It’s not for others. It’s for me. If someone finds it useful and wants comment, great! But I’m not trying to do anything special here.

Road to Recovery – Staying Motivated

Recently I took a spill on a snowboarding trip. I sprained my shoulder and haven’t been able to work out at all. Don’t forget 3 weeks ago I had some issues with carpal tunnel. The last month has been difficult to say the least.

Staying motivated during training is hard. It’s even harder when you get hurt or sick. Then stack injuries or illnesses and it’s a recipe for quitting. I’m starting to feel that negative self-doubt creep in and it’s time to switch things up a bit.

Last week my shoulder felt awful. Little things like putting on a tee shirt was painful and I needed my wife’s help to finish. Sleeping was awful. I could only sleep on my left side and back. The slightest move to the right and I was wide awake. This week however, I’m able to do a lot more. Mobility is still lacking, but no shooting pains. I tried to run this weekend and unfortunately couldn’t do much. The jostling was uncomfortable and I was forced to walk.

I think by next week I’ll be 95-99% healed. In preparation for that I’m getting back in the habit of going to the gym early in the morning and making that a priority. I’ll have to take it easy and listen to my body.

I think it’s important to take these steps as soon as possible. I don’t want to get any more discouraged than I already am. I’ve already had to make to the hard decision of skipping Super Seal. I’m just not ready for it.

This is the year of triathlon for me and I knew it wouldn’t be easy. I just gotta keep plugging away and doing what I can. I’ll get there, it will just take some time.

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Chula Vista Challenge

I’m proud to say I’ve pushed the new Chula Vista Challenge website live today.

It’s theme was designed and built by the folks at Cr3ative.com. They do a really good job with their themes and make it easy to work with their products. No crazy drag-n-drop interfaces that are so popular right now.

I was able to duplicate one of their plugins and use their markup to change “speakers” to “races”. I added my own meta and a couple of other fancy things, too.

Considering the budget, I had to work with what I had. There are no photos or videos of the event, which I plan to change this year. Images really make a site look amazing.

I look forward to continuously improving the site, the communication with participants and the overall presentation/functionality of the site and brand.

I passed the test, barely

Yesterday was a bit of a test for me. I didn’t work out in the morning and had to fit it in later in the day. 

I definitely worked out, but it wasn’t according to schedule. If you know me, you know that bugs me. I’ve got to learn to let that go. Flexibility in training is important. As is a short memory. 

I tend to let these little “failures” get to me. It’s the obsessive compulsive side of me that needs to have things exact. They’re not really failures, though and I need to remember that. They are just changes in the plan. 

Adjustments always need to be made. Especially considering how much I’m trying to accomplish in my 8 hours of free time. I still worked out for an hour. I lifted weights with a good friend. We talked about something he’s starting and had a good time. In the end, relationships and community is far more important than any race I’m in. 

On that note

This morning I intended on going to swim. I had a rough evening again trying to get work done, though I did get to sleep at a reasonable time. I don’t remember falling asleep so I must have been exhausted.

I didn’t swim. I woke up feeling exhausted. I plan to run today and maybe drop by the pool for evening masters. I’ll ride tomorrow and run on Sunday. I’ve got to finish the week strong!

Today is A Test

Today is a bit of a test for me. As mentioned in previous posts, sleep and recovery is crucial to the success of any athlete.

Last night Sandy and I had a rousing conversation about finances (really good stuff, actually) with our friend Chris. By the time we were done it was 9:00pm. I still had to get a site migration done so, I didn’t get to bed until after 10:30pm.

Going to sleep after 10:30 means 6 hours sleep. 2 hours less than I generally need. I actually woke up just fine (even a little early). I definitely felt the late night and wasn’t totally rested.

For dinner we had Paesano’s. Yes, we had pizza! It was so good. Yet, it was so bad, too. Part of the reason I woke up before my alarm was my stomach. I had some unpleasing bowel movements and wasn’t going to make it to the pool on time.

So here’s the test for today. I need to stay mentally relaxed so I can get to the pool, midday and go for a swim. I also need to run as well. So we’ll see.

So far this week I’ve learned two important lessons from the book I’m reading, “The Well-built Triathlete”. Rest/Recovery and nutrition are both really important.

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