It’s important to know what you’re getting when you hire me as your running or cycling coach.
Step One: We Talk About How I Support You as a Coach
The first step in talking about how coaching works is Virtual Coffee – or real coffee.
We talk about your goals, dreams, concerns, and challenges by phone, coffee meeting, online, or smoke signals,.
Our goal is to first flesh out your reasons in looking for a coach, and second, to determine if we think we would be a good fit for each other.
If you don’t think we’re a good fit – and there are zero worries in that – you can either carry on by yourself, or I can refer you to another colleague.
If you think you’re ready to take the step with me as your coach, then it’s time for step two!
Step Two: We Talk Some More, And You Write
You will fill out an initial intake form that asks you to think about your past endurance training and competition, if you’ve done races, etc.
It also asks you to honestly consider your strengths and challenges as a runner or cyclist – mentally, physically, and emotionally.
And as your coach, this is how I learn how to support you as you reach for your adventure goals.
Step Three: Keep Your Training Simple – and Fun
We use Training Peaks to keep track of all of your workouts and various metrics, like heart rate, perceived exertion, etc.
We start by creating two or three weeks of workouts. That initial time will need to be flexible as we figure out together what your needs are and what specifically works for you.
The workouts will fall into one of five categories:
- long, endurance runs
- short, really hard intervals
- strength training
- yoga or mobility training
- rest and recovery
Your strength and yoga work can be at my Simple Training studio if you are local to Milwaukee, or we can meet online if you need help with form or execution.
My coaching works by making your workouts fun and purposeful.
Step Four: Regular Communication
I need to know how the workouts are going, how your recovery is progressing, how you’re sleeping, etc.
The more I understand about how your body and mind are responding to the training stress, the better I’ll be able to target the right workouts to meet your needs so that you’re ready for your target event.
Step Five of How Coaching Works: Celebrate Success!
You run and ride because you love it – or at least grudgingly admit you enjoy the suffering!
Accomplishing the daily challenges of building the training stress is a great part of the training process.
Finishing a hard strength training session or a challenging set of intervals or coming to a rest week after a tough block of training is amazing.
We’ll celebrate those small steps in the process.
Step Six: Accomplish Your Target Event With My Support
Even if you don’t win your target event, you are still successful.
And no, that’s not some kind of “everyone gets a trophy” thinking.
My most spectacular failures have become the basis of deep learning and understanding about myself.
You trained hard, you learned so much, you became stronger, more mobile, and faster.
And you will become more confident in your own abilities and strengths.
I’m a Retired Middle School Teacher
Really, there’s not much that scares me – except maybe running out of coffee!
If I can manage to corral 25 seventh graders into reading and writing, I can find what works to help you be successful as well.
I use all of my teacher tools to help clients accomplish their bucket lists and goals.
Most of all, though, I want to use humor and fun.
That’s how my coaching works.
Still Curious About What You Can Achieve?
Sign up for Virtual Coffee!