Becoming a Yoga, Strength, and Endurance Coach and Learning to Keep Training Simple
I learn the hard way.
Lessons need to beat me upside my head before they sink in.
And what I slowly learned over a 35 year career of doing endurance sports, strength training, and yoga is to keep training simple and keep it fun.
Keep Training Simple and Focused on Fun
As an endurance athlete, I was never blessed with much talent or lung capacity, due to asthma.
But what I do have is drive and determination, and maybe a little stubbornness.
That was enough to get me some success on the bike. I won a state cyclocross championship and stood on podiums for road, cyclocross, and mountain bike races.
I needed results as a way of validating myself, of proving that I had value.
But that made me miserable.
My body might be capable of more. But I was never okay with simply doing the best I could, even given the asthma.
And I only cared about the results, not the sheer joy of running and cycling.
It’s Taken Me a Long Time to Learn Process Before Results
I’m older now, happily married, and I’ve slowly learned that my happiness does not depend on my cycling or running results.
And I’m learning that the process of training has shaped who I am as a person. I am a stronger person because I trained my mind and body.
The process of getting good with myself will be a lifelong journey. Every day gets a little better.
Now, I bring the lessons and experiences of my life to my clients as a coach for runners and cyclists.
I bring my teaching experience to yoga classes to help people build mobility and strength.
And my personal training focuses on not just helping people get stronger, but helping them move more comfortably.
Using Knowledge and Experience as a Coach for Runners and Cyclists
As a coach for runners and cyclists now, I am constantly reading and researching the most effective training tools, strength training information, and yoga sequences.
The synthesis of all of this knowledge, plus my own long years of learning and experience helps me understand what a client might need to achieve his or her endurance goals.
And in training to reach their adventure goals, I can help clients learn to value the process of training and goal setting, lessons that can bring joy and health for the rest of their lives.
Where I’ve Come From
The addiction to endurance sports:
- cross country skiing: Birkie and some other marathon events plus shorter races
- rowing (eight-man crew) in college
- bicycles: riding and racing road, mountain, cyclocross, and commuting
- running: a lot of 5 and 10k races and finished one marathon – which was enough for my knees
- plus hiking, some rock climbing
Certifications and Important Stuff
- USA Cycling Level 3
- NICA Level 1 (mountain bike coaching for middle and high school kids)
- RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) coach
- RYT-200 yoga instructor
- Personal Training (NCCA-certified)
In my past lives, I was a writer and reporter coming out of college. I then spent 23 years as a middle school English teacher.
My amazingly tolerant and supportive wife Kate and teenager Sarah continue to support my athletic addictions and business ventures.
They constantly remind me that process of training keeping me happy is more important than any result.
We live just outside of Milwaukee.
We Offer the Process of Training You Need to Reach Your Goals
Simple Endurance Coaching builds a program of endurance training, strength training, and yoga to help you find your adventure.
Simple Training yoga provides practice in breathing, mobility, and building strength.
What are your goals? What adventures do you dream of?
I look forward to hearing about your adventure dreams and challenges.
My role as coach and trainer is to help you turn those ideas and dreams into a plan to achieve.