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

 

 

“A” is for August and the Augusta Preview

#thetimeisnow

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We are less than 6 months away from what is, currently, the largest North American Ironman 70.3 event.   Ironman 70.3 Augusta has sold out every year since it’s inception and 2018 marks the tenth year of it’s existence.

Each September, approximately 3600 nervous triathletes enter the waters of the Savannah River at the 5th Street Bridge just off Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia to begin a day of endurance racing.   The majority of those racing are entertaining butterflies because they wonder about how they have prepared for the race or what the course holds.

Figuratively speaking,  it’s time to get on the training bus.    If Augusta is your ‘A’ race this year,  are you building your base fitness now?   Are you progressing through the necessary training volume and program that you need to be successful?

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If you have concerns or you are just not sure what you should be doing to prepare for Augusta,  TYB Coaching can help with that. 

Talk with us.  Email us.  We can work with you to put you on the right coaching plan and path from a training plan perspective, as well as,  the demands of the Augusta race course.

Jamie Joe or David can help you take care of the Augusta butterflies once and for all.  Reach out to us.

We work with athletes from all over the South and the United States.  We work with athletes from abroad as well.  It just takes an email, phone call or text to start the process.

Speaking of the race course,   the word on the street is that the Augusta bike course will change this year.    Our SAG supported (multiple vehicles) preview will give you a shot at seeing and riding the course prior to the pressure of race day.

This the fifth edition of the fun TYB COACHING Augusta 70.3 preview.  You can register for the preview by punching your ticket here or copy and paste at:

https://www.active.com/augusta-ga/triathlon/camps/tyb-coaching-augusta-70-3-course-preview-weekend-2018?int=

The popularity of the preview is unprecedented this year so “The Time is Now”.   We are limiting the number of slots for the preview to be able to provide a solid and hands on experience for ALL participating athletes .

Let’s do this. #thetimeisnow

 

 

Turning the Page to 2017

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Who knew Bob Seger wrote songs for triathletes?

“Here I am, On the road again…”

No one understands this more than endurance athletes.   Our world has two seasons – race season and training season.

As 2016 race season draws to a close we want to congratulate TYB athletes on a spectacular season that spanned from “Where It All Begins” on Parris Island in March to the Emerald Coast for IMFL in November and all points in between.

“Here I go playing the star again,  turn the page…”

TYB Coaching is excited to coach and prepare our family of current and new athletes for a fantastic 2017.

TYB Coaching announces that we will again hold our Triathlon 101 Clinics.   Look for upcoming details on clinics in both Upstate South Carolina and we will be announcing our first clinics in Atlanta, Georgia!

We will host a preview of the course that will be used for year number two of the highly successful Mountains to Mainstreet Half Iron Distance Triathlon in April.

Stay tuned for more on that as we await final course details from the organizers.

Additionally, TYB Coaching will hold the 4th annual IM Augusta 70.3 Preview Weekend on the weekend of August 26-27th.    Preview the course that will be raced on September 25th in the premiere North America IM70.3 event with over 3500 entrants every year.

The Sign up and details can be found here:

Sign up for the TYB Coaching IM Augusta 70.3 Preview

The TYB race calendar has been updated, so pick your races and we will help you make 2017 the year that changed everything.

“There I am, upon the stage….”

As endurance athletes,  YOUR 2017 success begins today.   It starts with your thoughts and preparation NOW.   Do the heavy lifting NOW.   Be accountable NOW.   Be spectacular in 2017.  Let us help you!

Ironman Augusta 70.3 Preview Weekend is here (August 27-28)!

Join TYB Coaching as we head down to Augusta on August 27th – 28th for the 3rd Annual Augusta 70.3 Course Preview Weekend.

Taking place in Augusta, GA and led by TYB Coaches Jamie Church, Joe Roof and David Lee, we will get a chance to preview the entire race course over a period of Saturday and Sunday, talk training and tapering for a Half Ironman, and talk specifically how to race and plan for Augusta 70.3.

This is perfect for ANY athlete racing the 2016 Augusta 70.3, considering racing the 2017 Augusta 70.3 or  racing long course towards the end of 2016.  Come and learn how to race a 70.3 – and more specifically how to race Augusta 70.3.

Register here: Augusta Preview Weekend

For more information or questions email: TYB Coaching.

See ya there!