We can help you reach your goals while maximizing your training time and minimizing the risk of injury - so critically important for those of us with lives outside of triathlon (families and full-time jobs). Often I find that when athletes self-coach or, even when coached by others, have a tendency to go out on their usual route and, every time they do, they simply try to beat their best time on that route. This can lead to stagnation and overtraining syndrome. We are a very metric driven coaching service and utilize these metrics to monitor your training load. This allows us to build your fitness and minimize the risk of injury - very critical as you prepare for your first Ironman. It also enables us to ensure that you peak at the proper time. We also provide you with race specific knowledge so that you execute a “smart” race and race to your potential. Too often I see people with great fitness not racing anywhere near their potential. We are a custom coaching program that is tailored to your specific goals. Everyone is different and therefore requires modifications to insure that they get the most from themselves. Training plans, such as "26 weeks to your fastest Ironman", have you follow a generalized routine. The plan may emphasize one aspect of training, say aerobic endurance. You may have exceptional fatigue resistance (read endurance), but a subpar regression rate (read speed). Or the plan may switch to speed type efforts when you still need to build fatigue resistance. This is where the trained eye of a coach will steer your training to maximize your fitness portfolio. We assess, mostly through field testing, your current level of fitness. We build training zones based on your results, that challenge you to progress while striving to keep you injury free.
We focus quite a bit on form in all three disciplines. The fall and winter months, in particular have a heavy emphasis on injury prevention, base building, drills (and video analysis) so that you can see when you are doing things properly (or not).
Most of all, we like to keep in close contact and truly feel that communication is the key to a successful athlete/coach relationship. Your subjective feedback is encouraged ALWAYS! Coupling this feedback to the objective numbers completes the picture, keeps you motivated, and peaks you at the proper time(s). One of my primary goals as a coach is to educate my athletes. We want our athletes to be the smartest on the course. This means constantly educating you as we go along. As an example, if you ride with a power meter, I want you to know how to use that meter to your advantage and not just as a super expensive cyclometer. I want there to be no surprises on race day. I also want you to know exactly what it will take for you to complete your first Iron distance race. I want you to know exactly how to ride the race course, how to handle nutrition the week before the race, how many calories to consume during each hour on the bike (and the make-up of those calories), what pace to run, how to ride the hills, etc… We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that you get the most out of yourself! We host clinics and camps throughout the year. These range from basic bike maintenance to swim, bike and run technique workshops. We have a great team and everyone is encouraging (there are no big egos). We encourage our athletes to get together for group workouts throughout the year, when the time is right.