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

 

 

Losing and Regaining Fitness

 

TYB Coaching is often asked about base fitness and about maintaining base fitness over the months between a typical end of season ‘A’ race and the start of the next triathlon season.

In particular,  our coaches are asked how to maintain the fitness and not lose the results of the large body of training that went into the late season long course races.

The simple answer is to have a plan!   The plan includes talking with our coaches as the end of the season and the big race approaches. Once you have completed your last race,  we can talk with you to evaluate where you are as an endurance athlete, as well as, where you want to improve.  Then our coaches can help you prepare goals for the next season and discuss how TYB Coaching can help you maintain fitness over the winter months and perform base building prior to the start of the next season.

In fact,  some interesting research has been done recently to provide some practical numbers for how quickly an athlete that is not working out “de-trains” .

Check it out here and here.

I hope everyone has a great season and, as JC says,   RACE YOUR RACE!

– Coach David

 

Adding more Fuel to the Fire!

Triathlon is made up of three sports – the Swim, the Bike, and the Run.  Over the course the time – and with quality and defined workouts – athletes will get fitter and faster and achieve their goals.

The higher the quality of workouts – and mixed with the proper amount of rest and recovery – the more efficient, fitter, and faster the athlete will become.

For consistent workouts, it becomes about more than only the aspects of swim, bike, and run – it also becomes about proper nutrition.  Not only the everyday nutrition, but also nutrition DURING the workouts.

Because of this, TYB currently stocks a few nutritional items – Carb Boom, E-Gel, Picky Bars, and now…  Accel Gel and 2nd Surgeboth from Pacific Health Labs

What makes Accel Gel unique is that it is the only gel that contains the patented 4:1 ratio of carbs and protein and it uses a combination of three carbohydrates to maximize energy transport and uptake into muscle cells. This novel combination guaranties instant energy when needed.

With 2nd Surge, it is the first all natural energy gel specifically formulated to delay the onset of both muscle and brain fatigue. The proprietary formula of rapidly acting carbohydrates, proteins, caffeine and antioxidants are proven to:

• Increase the delivery of cortical nutrients to brain and muscle cells

• Maintain metabolic energy needs

• Inhibit the release of fatigue signals in the brain
• Reduce muscle damage, an important trigger for release of fatigue signals
• Gives you added energy when you need it most

 

Now in stock at the TYB Studio or shipping throughout the United States, get your Accel Gel  ($25.99 for a case of 24 gels or $1.50 per gel) and 2nd Surge ($12.99 for a case of 8 gels or $2 per gel).  Current TYB Athletes receive a 15% discount.

Order your Accel Gel and 2nd Surge NOW!