How will Drive Multisport coach me?
The relationship between the coach and athlete is an important one. Before coaching ever begins, there will be an initial phone call or meeting between the coach and athlete. This will give both the coach and the athlete and opportunity to ask important questions before moving forward. After this initial contact, the athlete will complete a thorough athlete questionnaire and coaching agreement. Once the coach reviews the questionnaire, we will set up your Training Peaks Premium Account (trainingpeaks.com). Then, after some field testing, we will begin working on your training schedule based on your goals.
Generally speaking, we like to work with an athlete long enough to help them realize their goals. This is normally for an entire year or racing season. Once your training and/ or racing goals are established, the coach will build your training in one or two week blocks. The coach will make changes as life gets in the way, and give you performance feedback based on your workouts. Communication between the coach and athlete is key! The frequency and intensity of your training will depend on your athletic background, training and/ or racing goals, and time constraints due to family and work.
We can work with local-regional athletes one-on-one through our swim, bike, and run skill sessions. But we can, and frequently do, coach athletes in any geographic location. A majority of the coach-athlete interaction will be through e-mail, telephone calls, text messaging and through the Training Peaks software itself. Due to advances in technology such as training software, e-mail, smart phones, and communication programs such as Skype, we can coach athletes who live locally, or all around the world. This “virtual coaching” has become the new normal in the world of endurance sport coaching over the past several years, and with great success.
What will I need?
For triathlon coaching, we will assume you already have all of the basics like a bike, as well as swim, bike, and run gear. You will also need access to a swimming pool and a safe place to ride and run. Outside of that, you will need a good heart rate monitor for field testing, training, and racing. While there are many quality heart rate monitors, we recommend you purchase one of the GPS models (discuss this with your coach). Additionally on the technology side, you will need regular access to a computer with an Internet connection.
Other important equipment, but not required:
- Bike Trainer (for indoor bike workouts)
- Swim Pull Paddles and Buoy