Triathlon Coaching 101 – Roles of a Coach

I had a discussion with a couple of clients this week.

The discussion went something like this…(picture thought balloons in the parentheses)

Me:  “First question, how did you find us? “  ( always curious how someone finds TYB Coaching)

Them: “I was searching online for triathlon coaching,  I found some plans and a few coaches in the area.   I tried to contact them but they were out of town or didn’t respond.  Seems like they weren’t really interested.” (And there it is…)

At that point, I was on a mission to CLEAR THAT UP.

I get the impression, quite often,  that there are a couple of misunderstandings (actually more but I will touch on the obvious ones) on both sides of the aisle when it comes to coaching and being coached.

Let’s address the roles of a coach FIRST and then we will discuss YOU.   Because at the end of the day if I am not serving YOU then why am I here?

In going through the education process that qualifies us as USAT Certified Triathlon Coaches,   we discuss the roles (formal and informal) of a coach.  They include, but absolutely are not limited to:

  • Teacher
  • Leader
  • Organizer/Planner
  • Psychologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Sherpa
  • Equipment Reviewer
  • ….many more

 

My personal experience, as a coach,  is that there are fantastic coaches that excel in all these roles and are very responsive to the athletes they serve.   Then there are “coaches” out there that are more than happy to sign you up and then throw random workouts on your training calendar with little or no explanation of why and then do not respond to your questions or concerns.

The reality is that TYB Coaching serves you through all of these roles and more.   We work with you to make sure you have the endurance you require to be successful your racing, as well as, to develop  you to your highest potential  as a triathlete.  This includes managing your training load in an healthy, safe manner to make sure you are able to reach your racing goals and deal with the personal challenges that invariably come up due to your multiple roles as a spouse, parent or business person.

The misunderstanding is that “all” coaches randomly throw hard work at our athletes through a training log and rarely communicate or are reachable to serve you and that this is all that coaching really is. That’s where the temptation to grab a “plan” off the internet comes from.   A plan written for some athlete with some ability in some life situation that the buyer “hopes” is close to theirs.  More often than not it is a “perfect world” plan that frustrates the average athlete or doesn’t fit their time commitment and is soon abandoned.

When you are looking at being coached and choosing coaches, remember that there is “more”.    Now you know…

So, when you considering coaches and coaching going forward… you now have a better list of criteria to evaluate your choices.

TYB Coaching is here to serve you.

#thetimeisnow