I have found that most adults involved in endurance sports that believe they are in great shape are still very far from their potential. Starting any type of training will produce some results, especially if you had not done any type of training before. You may think running or riding a bike is rather intuitive or simple, but these sports can be just as technically challenging as swimming or any other sport. This is especially true the better you try to get at these sports.

If you are a beginner in essentially any endurance sport, I am confident that I can teach you the essentials to getting off to a good start. If you are an accomplished athlete, I can help bring you to the next level. My personal strengths, and interests in coaching are running and cycling and triathlon.

If you are planning on training for a marathon, a triathlon of any distance (sprint to Ironman), or a long distance cycling event (100Km+) I may be the right coach for you.

Here are articles from Active.com on 10 Tips for Finding the Right Coach and Finding the Right Coach: 10 Must Have Traits.

Here are the 10 must have traits from the second article (by Dave Scott) with my self description after each one:

  • A combination of education and experience. I have been started swimming at the age of seven, started running cross country in high school, and did my first triathlon in 1986. Since then I have competed in a wide variety of races and am skilled at training for short and long triathlons, and long distance cycling. I have run many marathons in competition and in training. Since 1984 I had a personal interest in exercise science, and became a scholar of all the information available on triathlon training. My formal education includes a BSN (Nursing), MS (Environmental Toxicology), MD, and a practicing Occupational Medicine Physician. Much of my practice is involved in sports medicine.
  • An understanding of the fundamentals of workload. I have first hand knowledge and experience, plus the scientific understanding of the principle of hormesis. Stress from exercise invokes adaptation to become stronger and more fit. This gain must be balanced with the risk of injury. How much overload training one person can handle depends on a lot of personal factors (age, weight, past training, past injuries, etc) and I am well aware of how to evaluate this and adapt training as necessary.
  • An ability to cross-reference key training indicators such as speed, heart rate, watts and perceived exertion. If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll see a lot of analysis.  This is just a sample of the analysis I do with myself, so it is not comprehensive. Being a scientist I am rather analytical, and collaborate with other top coaches on analysis.
  • The ability to design a program for the full training year (periodization, micro-cycles, rest, etc.). Again, you can see examples of this within my blog. Even if these concepts are foreign to you, you will benefit from the training cycle techniques. I cannot summarize a technique here because it becomes highly individualized depending on the race schedule and personal schedule.
  • An attention to the details of your training and the astuteness to recognize when it’s time to make changes (e.g., to recognize symptoms of over-reaching/training or mental burnout, etc.). This comes easy with analysis, but communication is also an important component. The data should closely reflect how you feel. Training isn’t the only stress in our lives. Family, work, finances, diet, other activities can all contribute to physical and mental stress, and these may not be reflected in all the data analysis.
  • An understanding of the biomechanics of swimming, cycling and running and the ability to prescribe drills and exercises to effect corrective changes. All these sports are very technical, not just swimming. Getting faster by aerobic fitness alone will not bring you to your potential.
  • The knowledge of the principles of endurance nutrition and supplementation and the ability to prescribe a fueling plan that is tailored to you. My personal experience, experience with other athletes, knowledge of the good and bad science out there will help you find the right nutrition plan. As Dave Scott says, “tailored to you” is essential. A cookie cutter nutrition plan does not work for many people.
  • Any advice and guidance for your individual race-day tactics. I like to get your race plan first, and then discuss some options to improve that. Racing is the best way to learn to race.
  • Excellent communication skills. I primarily like to use email and texting, but phone calls, skype and meeting in person is much better when there is a lot of information to pass. “Excellent communication skills” is only part of the equation though. A willingness to press the “I believe” button and try some different things is often important.
  • A motivating personality that fits you. I believe motivation comes from within, and looking for a coach is proof that you have some motivation already. I love endurance sports and seeing people of all levels improve at the sport they love. I provide frequent feedback to my athletes, and encourage them through their successes and struggles.
The services I offer range from consulting and data analysis, to developing training plans, to a continuous monthly coaching service. Start up does take a lot of time, but I do not have any initiation fees or term contracts. If my coaching is not working for you, just let me know and we’ll make changes or you can move onto another coach without a financial penalty. I think it is my job to prove to you that I am the right coach for you.Coaching isn’t for everyone. If you are enamored by the idea of achieving the benefits of a coach, but unsure if you are ready to commit to a coaching relationship, I provide free consultation. We should both feel good about the coaching relationship to receive the full benefits that coaching can provide.

PRICING

Pricing is negotiable depending on your needs. Coaching is generally $200-300 per month. By the hour consult fees are $80. Consultation services include product advice, data analysis, race analysis, and training plan review. Also, being a physician I am available for medical record reviews. Some illnesses, injuries, and medications have special considerations for athletes.Contact me. I will send you an athlete questionnaire and provide you a free consultation. Also, visit my website for more information.