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Why Should You Hire a Coach?

For age grouper athletes, you will very rarely find two athletes that have the save goals and training requirements, even if they are training for the same race.  Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, which your plan should be geared towards improving.  I strongly recommend everyone follow a training plan that is made for you and only you.  This will allow you to perform at the peak of your ability during your top priority races.

A coach is also an excellent way to help create a training plan that is optimal for you, keep you motivated, and prevent burnout.  Most people find that when they have someone monitoring their workouts and making sure they are doing the right things to prepare of their race, they are much more successful in completing their training, which equates to much stronger results.  A good coach should be able to evaluate your current fitness level and develop a plan that will allow you to achieve your goals.

Let’s face it; the typical triathlete has a very busy lifestyle.  As a result, life gets in the way of training from time to time.  A good coach will be able to provide their athlete with the proper adjustments to their plan to accommodate these types of occurrences.  On top of this, the coach should also be able to determine when their athlete needs to back off a little on their training or needs to push a little harder.  Without a knowledgeable person there to make sure you are training properly, the results could be disastrous.

My Philosophy

My top priority is keeping my athletes healthy.  Some athletes overlook this, but during training, your top priority should be to get yourself to the starting line.  Unfortunately this does not happen for many athletes due to injury.  There are a number of ways an athlete could injury him/herself, but this is often caused by an athlete neglecting to correct functional movement weaknesses.  Over time, these weaknesses will develop into injuries if they are not addressed. Triathlons also involve many mental challenges that can impact your training and racing just as much as a physical injury. I have the experience and know how to help you with all of these issues.

Everyone has different goals and reasons why they compete in triathlons.  Whether your goal is to complete your first triathlon, complete a triathlon distance you have not yet achieved, or want to improve your time or results from previous races, I can help. With that being said, in order to be successful, you need to know what your goals are and how to get there.  Through a series of milestones and goals, I will help you achieve your ultimate goal.

I will create the right plan for YOU.  There are a lot of great generic training plans out there.  However, do you want to follow a training plan that was created for someone else?   I have all of my athletes fill out a detailed evaluation before we get started.  This survey consists of questions about your lifestyle, sleeping habits, strengths & weaknesses, current training, and much more.  This information will allow me to determine the optimal training plan for you.  This will include determining a general layout for a typical week of training as well as the ideal periodization structure for you so that you can make the best use of your time and obtain your full potential.  This plan can always be adjusted when needed, buts it’s critical to develop a plan that will optimize your training.

It is important to stay positive and have a positive outlook on your training.  There will be some great times and some bad times during your training.  As any of my current athletes will tell you, I am a big believer in staying positive and taking the good out of every situation.  Through positive criticism and feedback, I will provide you with the confidence and attitude you need to achieve your optimal potential.  This doesn’t mean that I won’t be critical at certain times during your training and provide you with constructive criticism, but overall I will maintain a positive attitude and engrain positivity into your life.   This mental aspect of your training is vital to obtaining your goals.

Colin Cook
PTC Founder and Head Coach

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