Coach Joy has been training for a different kind of ‘goal event’ over the past nine-months, namely, giving birth.
Without knowing the specific date for this target-event there was a degree of urgency to her preparations that encompassed both body and mind.
Although she knew it would be approximately June 28th, anything can happen with pregnancy, meaning preparations could be cut-short by an early-arrival or the process could be agonizingly drawn-out if the baby went beyond term.
So, how does a professional Athlete, Coach, and planner like Coach Joy strategize, prepare, and taper for an event like giving birth?
The same way we advocate each of our Athletes' do when approaching their goal-event(s), by seeking professional advice, devising a plan, and talking with experienced people!
And given that our learning will never cease in our pilgrimage to be great parents and coaches, our work is just beginning, but fortunately we are in love with the process!
Coach Joy's Birth-Story lead her to choose a Mid-Wife assisted birth at a local Birth Center. Moments after the birth, both Mom and Baby were excited to pose for this photo! Photo Credit: Erin Hart
So without further adieu, we are excited to report that just a couple of days beyond her due-date, and after over thirty-hours of labor, Coach Joy gave birth to the newest member of the BWC family, Seamus Brian McCulloch, on Sunday July 1st at 2:52AM.
As we open this new chapter of our lives as a couple, parents, and coaches, we want to give thanks and share our excitement for the future.
After announcing the birth of Baby Seamus through our personal and professional social media channels we have been absolutely humbled by the love, support, and well wishes we have received.
"Are you surprised that I have more hair than both my parents?" That's our best guess of Baby Seamus' facial expression in this photo! Photo Credit: Mama Joy
We are so thankful for the gift of a healthy baby boy and excited to share him with our BWC community that is filled with amazing people, Athletes, fans, and friends.
Please know that if you are reading this, we are thankful for you, thankful that you are a part of our community, and thankful for the trust you place in us to help you achieve your cycling goals!
Baby Seamus' first holiday is Papa Brian's favorite, Independence Day! From our family to yours, we hope you had a great 4th of July holiday! Photo Credit: Mama Joy
So although our two-coach team will need to “divide and conquer” at upcoming events, such as our Sub-Six Experience at the Mammoth Gran Fondo, we are certain that Baby Seamus’ presence, smile, and bubbly-demeanor will be the anchor of our BWC cheering section!
We look forward to seeing everyone on the road soon and introducing you to our baby boy!
Until Next Time, Be Safe, Train Hard, And Have Fun!
Brian & Joy McCulloch
Big Wheel Coaching