Hiring A Coach

On May 24th I wrote about my hiring of Coach C and how I believe that she has helped me to become more than just a triathlete.  How important I believe my relationship is with her and how I could not achieve what I have without her help.  You can read the post [HERE] I am also reading the Chris McCormack book I'm Here To Win and he writes that 'the single most important choice a triathlete can make is who his coach is.'  In this chapter he also writes about how to choose a coach and what goes into making that decision.  Personalities, number of athletes, your goals, etc.  It was nothing more than a reinforcement of my decision to hire a coach. Then I came across the following article that provides even more dialogue for hiring a coach.  This article was written by Kristen Seymour for That's Fit.  The title of the article is Do You Need A Coach? Following are a few pieces of the article, but click [HERE] to read the entire post. ========================================================= Who needs a coach? Maybe you! Coaches aren't just for Olympic hopefuls and elite high school athletes seeking scholarships; they're also available to help everyone from competitive masters athletes to weekend warriors trying to outpace their cycling group and everyone in between. I recently joined a masters (read: adult, generally 30 and over) swim class at a gym near my home because, while I've always been a strong swimmer, I haven't taken a lesson since I was in preschool and thought it would be fun to see what I could improve upon. As it turned out, I have plenty to work on, but in just a couple of months, I've seen an enormous difference. Am I going to be the next Dara Torres? Probably not (OK, certainly not), but I definitely feel like I'll have a real edge for my next triathlon. After seeing what a coach was able to do for me, I wanted to learn more about the benefits of hiring one, so I talked to Adam Duvendeck, two-time Olympian, track cycling specialist and co-founder of Momentum Coaching Group in Long Beach, Calif. He confirmed my suspicions that coaching groups can make a real difference for just about anybody. "I think anyone with any type of goal, or even if they're having a hard time figuring out what to do in terms of creating goals, can really benefit from a coach," Duvendeck said. "It's for anyone who wants to excel in any way. It doesn't mean they have to become an Olympian -- there are so many different goals, like weight loss or just satisfaction at improving." While Duvendeck sees a wide variety in his clientele, masters athletes in the 30- to 50-year-old range are the most common. "They take their hobby very seriously," Duvendeck said. As well they should -- there are still opportunities to compete at the regional, national and world levels as a masters athlete. ========================================================= Pricing depends on a variety of factors but generally has a lot to do with the level of communication and level of experience. Duvendeck said that the low end will generally be $180 to $200 per month, but you can pay more than $1,000 a month for elite-level training. Of course, this could be a bit different depending on your area -- yet another reason to shop around. So what do you think? Do you need a coach? If your goals include getting better at your sport, the answer might just be yes. But if your goals are more focused on weight loss and generally becoming more athletic, perhaps a personal trainer is a better option for you. =========================================================

If you have a coach what led you to chose them?  Was it their personality?  Was it their resume?

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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