Do you need a coach? That is a question I get a lot when discussing triathlon and running. As an RRCA certified coach I always say yes because I want them to become clients and pay me gobs of money……just kidding its not gobs. Seriously though I say it is up to you on whether or not you need that motivation from a coach, that positive reinforcement or are just too busy to put together a proper plan.
For me the latter of those three is the reason I still have a coach after two years. Running 3 businesses, having a family and friends as well as training anywhere from 15-25 hours per week and I just can’t see having the time to put together an effective training plan for myself. Now, for my clients it is easy to do. I can sit down and double-check their numbers against my plan and make sure they are headed in the right direction each day and week. To do it for myself seems like work.
If you know MattyO then you know he is going with the No Training Plan, Training Plan. For me that would never work. I am to anal to not have something in Training Peaks to focus on. Something to look forward to. Something that I don’t have to think about but can just wake up and go. Does this mean that you need a coach or a plan? Of course not. You need to look inside yourself and figure that out.
Competitor.com had a post that was written by Mackenzie Madison about why self-coaching could be a good thing. She had great points and here they are:
- No one knows your strengths and weaknesses better than you do.
- You learn how to become your own motivator.
- You know why you are doing certain workouts.
- You can take credit for your own success.
- It’s free.