There are a lot of triathlon coaches out there. And it can be tough to tell what makes one different from another. Sure, I have the credentials of competing as a world class professional athlete myself as well as coaching world class athletes, but I think what makes me different from many of the coaches out there is my commitment to my athletes. If you ask anyone who I’ve worked with – or currently work with – they all seem to agree that my expertise, knowledge, professional attitude, dedication, accessibility and availability is what separates me from the pack. This comes in handy when you have a question about an important workout, you’ve had an unexpected conflict pop up, or you’re really feeling overwhelmed by your recent workouts. I’ve also been told that my German accent makes me different too! For more, click here.
Absolutely! The great thing about the sport of triathlon is that it can be just as exciting and fulfilling for the first year recreational athlete as it is for a highly competitive elite athlete. No matter if you’re amateur or professional, proper training and advanced preparation is key, and having a coach can help a novice navigate the challenges involved. I have coached over 50 Full-Ironman Triathlon finishers over the past seven years as well as Ultra Ironman, Marathon, Half-Ironman and Olympic Distance Triathlon finishers. This includes a great number of beginner triathletes, many of whom I’ve worked with over a period of several years and different types of events, from short distance to longer distance triathlons.
I work with a variety of athletes. The nature of triathlon coaching requires a strong understanding of each of the events and how to maximize an athlete’s performance across each: swimming, biking and running. As such, I work with many athletes who only take part or compete in events specific to each of those areas or who choose to use my coaching services to help in just one of their events. In fact, my experience as an elite junior soccer player in Europe (prior to triathlon) has armed me with a number of training approaches beyond traditional triathlon training. And, for my “single sport” athletes, I am just as available and accessible as I am to my triathletes. But if you’re interested in field hockey, I may not be your guy.
Life happens. I get it. For many of my athletes, family and work commitments take priority over their triathlon pursuits. As such things come up from time to time that pose a challenge for their training schedule and may require an adjustment of a couple of days or perhaps even a couple of weeks. By nature of our regular communication, you only need to let me know when something comes up and I’ll revise your plan as needed. One aspect of my approach that is helpful is that I provide athletes with their schedules weekly which ensures that we’re not having to back track after planning a month’s worth of workouts.
I live in San Francisco; the majority of my athletes don’t. But I’m able to maintain close communication with everyone I work with by way of phone, text message, email, Skype or whatever means you prefer. I do often visit for example Los Angeles, Phoenix and Tucson, and will generally make plans to meet up with multiple athletes while I’m in town, but generally we can handle the majority of the communications required of your training program with everything your smart phone is capable of doing.
As soon as we decide to move forward with creating a coaching program for you, I’ll schedule your first Transition Call or web conference that will help us lay the groundwork for your plan. We’ll talk about your background with triathlon and athletics in general. We’ll discuss if you’ve worked with other coaches and training plans and what your experience has been. We’ll explore your various goals, any upcoming events that you have on your race calendar or what events you would like to prepare for. And we’ll also talk about you personally – the work you do, your family commitments, your general training availability and any other aspects of your life that warrant consideration.
My coaching services are renewable on a month to month basis. The fees are all inclusive; your customized training plan provided each week and our communication throughout. The level of training program you have signed up for will determine your monthly coaching fee. I can take payments by cash, check, or by PayPal on the 1st or 15th of each month. For more, click here.
I employ a heart-rate|perceived effort|speed| wattage based training approach in my coaching, so I ask my athletes to utilize a heart rate monitor in order to track and report their heart rate throughout their workouts. Garmin and Polar are brands that offer a variety of smart watches that are popular among triathletes, although a simple heart rate monitor will suffice. Whatever you choose just be sure that the device can provide the following data: current heart rate, average heart rate and splits. If you spend a little more, many devices have GPS capability that can provide information on running speed in addition to heart rates, which is also helpful but not required. For swimming, there is no need to use a GPS or HR watch but only a regular sports watch. Most pools have a clock on the wall which can be used to follow the swim plan. After each workout, you can sync or manually upload the data to your account at workoutlog.com. This account access is included with your training fee and from there I will be able to review your progress. As you advance in your training cycle I may encourage you to purchase a powermeter and/or indoor cycling trainer where possible (budget permitting). These tools can generate high levels of resistance in a controlled environment, ideally building power.
I believe in carefully listening to my athletes’ needs, concerns and requirements in order to deliver an individual training plan that is adjustable, delivers the right amount of stimulus for growth and ensures a healthy balance between training and the stressors of life. Starting with our Transition Call, I take the time to learn about your background with triathlon and athletics, as well as your experience with other coaches and training plans. We’ll explore your various goals, any upcoming events that you have on your race calendar or what events you would like to prepare for. And we’ll also talk about you personally – the work you do, your family commitments, your general training availability and any other aspects of your life that warrant consideration. And this is just the beginning…through ongoing communication, I’ll keep tabs on your reactions to training so that we can adjust as needed to maximize your overall improvement.
An athlete’s ability to train consistently is the foundation for improving fitness to the next level and to achieve goals. Injuries, illness and a lack of recovery are the athlete’s enemies. Like any good relationship, in order to ensure long-term success, it’s paramount to communicate with each other so that we can understand your reactions to training, recovery pattern and other stressors of life. Triathlon is a challenge, both physically and mentally, and it requires long and complex preparation to guarantee race day execution. I am committed to each individual athlete to deliver the greatest plan every time. For more, click here.