Why should you hire a coach to help you become a triathlete? For starters, unless you have swum competitively and been able to swim at 1:30 or faster per 100 meters, you need swimming technique coaching. Even if you did swim competitively, you still need to learn the skills involved in open water swimming. If you are already very comfortable in open water venues and have been a lifeguard, you might be able to teach yourself these things. If not, or if you are pressed for time, you really should hire someone to help you find your way through all this.
Are you fast enough for a coach? Actually, if you are already fast and do not wish to be faster, you might not need a coach. The slower you are, or to look at it another way, the more you need to get faster, the more you really should consider having a coach.
It’s a lot of money; is it worth it? Triathlon training and racing, in particular, are very time-consuming. And, to succeed, you also need to spend 1/3 of your life sleeping. If you have a busy job, a spouse and children, you are already pressed for time before you start trying to find time to train. Every hour you have to spend figuring out how to train is an hour you have lost from something else important in your life. How much is your time worth? Consider this: a typical triathlon training week contains a day off and three swimming, three biking, three running, and two strength training sessions to fit into the other six days of the week. This time commitment can be quite hard to fit into anyone’s schedule. For the relatively small amount I charge to coach athletes, it is almost guaranteed that the time you free up for other important things in your life will be worth the cost of receiving my coaching services.
Triathlon Coaching Services
• Form analysis – For triathlon, you really need to have good fundamental swimming technique and healthy running biomechanics. Early in our face-to-face relationship, I will determine where you are in both areas and how much additional work you need and where to fit it into your training.
• Supplemental training – In addition to training in three sports and doing strength training, a triathlete also has to learn how to swim in contact with other athletes in open water and how to speed through transition. I offer summertime weekend day sessions at Caesar Creek to add these skills to the fitness and speed you have developed.