Today, I said my goodbyes to my trainer. He is moving to Texas to better his personal training career and to pursue his masters degree in the exercise sciences. I am really happy for him know it is the best move he could make. He is also like an adopted son to me and it hurts to see him go. I know he will come back and visit but its not the same. While he is like a son to me, he is sort of like a father to me as well. He mentored me in strength training (he is also an amateur bodybuilder as well and competes). I would come in for my sessions and tell him all about my week, the highs, lows, breakthroughs and the breakwiths. I was also looking forward to coming back to the gym after my 70.3 and show him my medal. I am going to miss him terribly. Although he is almost half my age, we have really connected and he really encouraged me to pursue this class I will be teaching shortly.
This is bittersweet because more than anything, I wish he could be there when I give my first presentation. Mario was/is special to me and a selfish part of me wishes we could just keep training and he could be with me as I move forward obtaining my own certification and ultimately, my own practice and niche. You know, sorta like buddies..
All the more reason to do him proud. I want more than ever now to finish strong so I can tell him all about how his "dad" finished his first long course triathlon, taught his first seminar and how he inspired people to get in the game and stay there. As there are much more troublesome things in the world today, my heart hurts over watching a friend leave. He will be missed. However, how proud I will be of him when he comes back with his masters and he tells me of all his adventures and successes. Man, I am going to miss this kid.
After I got back from my goodbye breakfast, I got to work on my class. After meeting with the gym manager a week or so ago, she set a tentative plan in motion. This month I do a staff presentation then in June, we are looking at doing a 1 to 1 1/2 hr seminar for the membership with the idea of doing it in all three locations. Then after this, start a monthly class co-presenting with a trainer. Next year, when I finish my personal trainers certification, I am looking at starting a couch to 5k program and ultimately a half marathon training group. The whole focus is primarily starting a running group based out of the gym and meet to run, encourage new runners and get them established on the same path that so radically changed things for me.
It's kinda crazy how things have changed from just a dream and an idea to finally becoming reality. Something worthwhile that is totally my own, to shape, create, and make it whatever my heart wants it to be in light of the greater good. I'm not following someone else's ideas or program, this is 100% me.
Man, I never thought things would turn out like this :)
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