Do You Need A Coach?

irunitri_claudiaspooner_triathlonDo 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. 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.
As I prepare my credit card to register for 70.3 San Juan in March of 2013 I think about whether or not I can coach myself post IMAZ or if I stick with Claudia.  My reaction and thought is that yes I will be sticking with her.  A lot of the reason is that right now in recovery from IMTX I feel very good and am ready to roll but that is not what the schedule calls for.  My fear is that I will not recover properly and then get injured.  For me this is reason enough to have a coach.



Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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