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Coaching & Feedback, its importance for success in Cycling, Triathlon and life in general!

Through years of work in the corporate world as well as my years in amateur sport I have come to value, understand and apply important coaching principles.

When looking at coaching & training cyclists & triathletes I take from all of my experiences both in business and sport.  Be it in a performance related area such as Peaks Bike Fitting or Kit & Equipment, or more in the importance of supporting athletes though all areas of their sport & life Managing the balance

SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic & timely) goals are the first key part.  Agreeing key objectives and focuses short, medium & long term give us a macro shape to the year.sample ATP

From this I can the identify, with the athletes input and past analysis of their training, racing and test data where we need to focus to ensure they hit their targets.

This then helps shape the micro plan on a weekly & monthly basis, an example below from a triathlete heading to a training camp

micro week plan

This is great, as a start.  The key steps from here for me are:

  1. Athlete input – what do they think to the plan?
  2. Does it fit to lifestyle (*it will have been set based on the athletes advised times to train)
  3. How will the athlete manage recovery in between sessions?
  4. Athlete feedback post session – Athletes are encouraged after every session to fed into the ‘comments’ box and tell me how it went, I can glean so much from this from their tone, words as well as the basic data.
    1. This I will then be used to tweak the forward micro plans#
  5. Monthly reviews
    1. A full back analysis from me of
      1. What went well
      2. What goals were hit (or not) and why,
      3. How we will move on into the next months focus
      4. Key metrics – overall fitness, personal bests achieved or improvements made

This is all great and is actually very ‘data’ driven with some ‘softer’ input from calls / messages & Video chats.

My role as ‘Coach’ is to help the athlete see the wood for the trees, see the progress, which is hard when you may be tired a lot!  Remind them of the long term plan,  paint a ‘vision’ of the future …’Imagine when you head down the finishing chute to here ‘YOU ARE AN IRONMAN’.   Also to set some mini markers, mini goals and milestones to hit on the way.

As Part of  VIEWPOINT race planning is key, we can use it to test race strategies, pacing, nutrition and position, in triathletes things like managing a ‘fast transition’.

A coach has such a multi faceted role to play, in all walks of life,

  • Being the expert to help guide and direct achievement of material goals
  • Being a mentor, sounding board and adviser
    • Picking up when the athlete is down
    • Slowing them down when they are on cloud 9 too!
  • Being an analyst and that person who ‘says it like it is’ – true honest and to the point feedback is criticl
  • Listening, being adaptable.  Particularly with age group / amateur athletes.. Life happens, we nee to adjust and adapt

All these things an ‘off the shelf’ training plan just cannot give you, which is why i wanted to create Peaks , utilising all elements of VIEWPOINT to help and support busy individuals who are keen to succeed.

Get in touch to discuss how we can help you achieve your goals.

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Andy

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