Ready to reach your peak?
In the summer of 2019, I incorporated Vital, because I was growing so much that I knew I needed to hire staff. As Pete Dupuis states often in his business advice for coaches, "Don't hire until it hurts." And I was hurting. In the Fall of 2019, and ever since, I've been slowly bringing on coaches like Nick, Jenna, and Brendan, and we have primarily focused on the strength training and movement aspects of helping clients. Thankfully, we have been lucky to receive referrals from clients, chiropractors, physiotherapists, and massage therapists in the industry, all helping us to built our client base even through the pandemic. We have become very good at assessing, training, and taking people to the "next level" with movement and strength while eliminating pain.
As a graduate of UofC's Master's of Kinesiology program, I have not been fully exploiting my abilities to plan and train endurance athletes to meet their training goals. After acquiring Dave Proctor as a client last year, it began to re-spark my interest in training and programming for opposite end of the spectrum (from what I was used to: Bobsleigh/Skeleton, to Half Marathons and Ultras!).
Fast forward to January 2021, I decided, "It's time to take the leap, get back on the coaching side of endurance training goals, and get my Training Peaks account back." If you have a goal race in the upcoming years, here's how I can help.
There are many reasons why athletes work with a coach. For many athletes, working with a coach has made the difference between just “training” and doing focused workouts to meet a goal.
"Why work with a coach?":
1. Structure For many athletes, setting up the structure of their training is the hardest step. In the screen shot below, I set up a Yearly Training Plan to model the appropriate training volumes, intensities, blocks of training, and phases to progress to the athlete's main goal (or to work around their other mini goals - B or C events - and vacations). There are many components involved in how you prepare for your event. Factors like experience, goal time, time to train and others all come into play.
When should I taper? When and how long should a build phase be? What if I'm too tired to complete the week's training? Unsure? Those are good reasons to hire a coach.
Some athletes claim that it is, “To avoid obsessing over my training.” Others claim that it allows for, “Focused effective workouts versus my rambling attempts.”
2. Accountability A coach can provide in a one-on-one manner. For some, they will not stay honest with the prescribed training unless they know they are accountable to someone. Similarly, they might have tried coaching themselves in the past, but realized that they were not taking their "own advice" seriously. If you plan a super hard training week for yourself, will you do it to the highest quality?
Accountability can also be why people do "check ins" at the doctor's office, the bank, or with their life coach. To know that someone else can provide the advice you need to move forward in many aspects of your life, is worth the cost in many ways.
3. Motivation Hand in hand with accountability, motivation to train is assisted with a coach. Daily training, while effective, can also be draining. From hard tempo runs to long bike rides, the training can be daunting at times. Having a coach encourage you through training, and even through the down days can keep you on track to reach your goals. The mental aspect of training can not be underestimated, and when you have support you can reach higher. Good coaches make you feel like pro athletes! As you should feel. You're taking your health, fitness, and body seriously, and it doesn't hurt to have someone motivating you along the way.
4. Knowledge Sure - you could take some courses, do some research, spend time shadowing and learning from the best coaches, or just "copy" what you see on instagram. There are certainly plenty of resources available to athletes - but that doesn't mean the information is accurate - and it can be hard to sift through the plethora of information out there. Sifting through this information can be time-consuming and stressful.
But, having someone invested in your goals to wade through that and provide a clear plan allows you to focus solely on getting the work done. Additionally, we can help lower the chance of over-training and getting injured, while also helping you get faster, stronger, and fitter. We give: “Impartial advice and critical analysis" put simply.
5. Lower the Chance of Overtraining/Injury Triathlon was initially rumoured to be created by some runners who felt that it would be a good way to prevent some of the overuse injuries that solely running created. Modern triathlon, and other long-distance athletes like ultra-marathon runner can attract endurance athletes who are addicted to training, and who are at risk for overtraining or getting injured. On the strength side, we currently work with a good handful of triathletes - to this point! Having someone else to monitor not just your daily workouts but your overall health can keep you from overdoing it. Rest is as necessary as training in order to make fitness gains, and for some, knowing when and how much to rest can be hard to know, and the key to making gains.
6. Time Management Especially with the busy modern schedules that athletes (professional and general population athletes alike), finding a way to maximize the time you have, can be the hardest part about training. Having adequate rest between the hardest workouts to maximize the adaptations we are trying to gain from the training, is another big planning aspect that the coach can help with. Having an unbiased expert create a plan that works with your schedule and directly address your strengths and weaknesses can take you to the next level without wasting your most precious resource - time.
Some of my current athletes find that this is one of the most useful reasons for hiring me. They will ask, "Can I move my A workout to Saturday? Or would it be better placed on Sunday? Should I do strength before or after my endurance ride?" These answers are critical to getting the most out of training, and are areas in which I can help.
7. To offload something from their plate Whether it’s analyzing a run, looking at your overall season, or addressing a weakness, there is a seemingly never ending list of elements to incorporate into your plan. Some clients that hire me are trainers or exercise physiologists themselves! They KNOW how to write the plans, and they know what they should be doing. But, sometimes just having someone else to spend the time doing the planning for them is why they hire us.
So, if you're ready to hire a coach to take on one or all of these elements for you, you can check out my Endurance Coaching packages here:
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