Training for endurance events can be complex and demanding. Many questions arise from both novice and experienced athletes: How hard should I be training in the winter? How much should I eat during a 4 hour effort? Should I run, swim and bike everyday? How can I peak for a specific event? How can I fit in all the workouts without overtraining? If I take a break, will I loose fitness?
Hiring a coach can remove some of the complexity and confusion, and help find answers to many of your questions. An athlete and coach need to be compatible. A good fit. There needs to be a mutual understanding between the coach’s training philosophy and the athlete’s goals.
What makes a good coach?
Being a successful athlete does not necessarily make a good coach. When I look back at the coaches I have had in the past I learnt more, and was motivated more by those who listened to me, who understood the dynamics of training and competing, who could anticipate the ups and downs, could explain to me why I needed to do certain workouts, who could provide motivation when it was needed most and genuinely wanted to help me reach my athletic potential.
The aims of Breakaway’s training programs are listed below.
● To help athletes of all levels, skill, age and experience to develop well thought out and realistic short-term and long-term goals. These goals give a purpose and a direction to the training programs.
● To provide direction, structure and balance through individualized training plans that are designed to compliment athletes’ experience, skill level, current commitments and responsibilities outside of their training activities.
● To use training techniques based on accepted and proven scientific principles (consistency, specificity, reversibility) to bring about increases in fitness efficiently and prevent burnout (overtraining, injury, and illness). Training plans contain workouts that are of the right frequency, duration, volume and intensity, to help athletes meet their individual goals safely, whether it is to compete in one race a season, race a full bike racing season from March through August, to medal at the Nationals or to complete a first triathlon.
● To use a balanced approach that incorporates aerobic conditioning, individualized strength training, stretching, taper and recovery plans. This integrated approach aims to bring about greater athletic function and fitness in active people, particularly cyclists and triathletes.
● To provide guidance, support, and encouragement, to instill confidence and to produce a positive attitude allowing athletes to believe in their abilities. Training plans are designed to help keep athletes motivated or provide renewed enthusiasm for athletes that have reached a plateau by offering creative and group workouts, race attendance, and frequent communication.
● To be accessible to athletes via email ( [email protected]) and phone (503-913-1671)
● To educate athletes in sound training practices, and to recognize and observe their limits, and how these limits can be expanded safely to bring about a higher level of fitness and athleticism.
● To perform periodic fitness tests to evaluate the athlete’s response to training. To make changes to training plans based on test results.
● To have credibility through my own athletic performance, certifications, experience and association with local experts (physical therapists, medical doctors, other coaches, athletes, etc.)