Mike Wasserman has been my athlete for over 4 years now and it has been awesome to work for him. He's easy to coach. Great feedback, a great sense of his fatigue levels, meticulous with the details. He raced the 5430 Half Ironman here in Boulder this past Sunday and he completely knocked my socks off. It wasn't his fastest race by a long shot (although he did the race at the same pace he used to race sprint tris). The thing that knocked my socks off is that Mike spent the entire week on his feet for 16-19 hours every day helping his daughters realize their dream. Mike's daughters, 18 and 22, came up with and idea for a television show, wrote a script, and are co-directing and shooting 2 episodes. Mom is the producer and Mike jumped in last week to foot a hefty load of work to help. Pretty cool.
5 days of getting crushed under the load of 16-19 hour days and then he races a 1/2 Ironman. What knocks my socks off is the support he's giving to his kids. Many, MANY times in triathlon I have seen people get quite wrapped up and self absorbed in their training and racing. Mike is a huge inspiration to me as a father and athlete... he gets it. He hasn't lost sight of what is truly important. Our kids and our spouses. I love it when I go in to Mikes training logs to plan workouts and I see a note from him saying "Saturday- day with my wife", or "Sunday- wife's birthday". These are days that I have learned to leave blank.
In my opinion Sunday was his best race ever.