Some people ask “Why do I need a coach?” My answer is very simple, yet very complex…
Roles of the coach are to educate, inspire, motivate, guide, and encourage. A coach wants that athlete to succeed. The athlete may question at times why, but for every session there is a reason. There is a time for everything and patience is key to success. It takes years to develop as an athlete. These are all very important issues that a coach needs to address.
I know that I can run a 5:20-5:30 mile.. That does not mean I should. I have not trained for that and if I choose to go there, my potential to get injured is great, I have to be smart. My goal as a coach is to train my athletes to hold back during training sessions especially the longer ones. Save it for the race, then we can decide what is left in the tank. If I decide as a coach to let my athletes go full throttle everytime they train, they will either get injured or burned out, and eventually it will start to show in the workouts as time progresses. A coach oversees that the athlete stays within these boundaries to prevent injury, burnout or worse… overtraining. A good coach knows the athletes abilities, training zones, and skill level to build programs based on that very specific information.
Training is built on sessions that provide training in all zones to maximize the abilities of the athlete. Only at certain times will a coach block hard training sessions together. Hard training sessions need recovery/easy days for the muscles to retain what was learned from that hard sessions especially when it comes to endurance sports.
Coaches provide valuable feedback and guidance to the athlete to reach peak performance.
The training is not always in the volume but in the quality in that volume. An example of that is that I may have an athlete do specific swim sessions, run sessions, or cycling sessions to build threshold tolerance for different distances. Those hard sessions are not hours long, the are short and very specific for a reason. They cover different zone in certain sessions to stimulate different responses from the body.
Every training session is designed to leave the athlete wanting more, feeling great, and progressing in an Upward Linear Fitness Response
So… It’s simple.. Find a coach that fits your individual needs and you are well on your way to reaching your training and racing potential.