Becoming a Yoga, Strength, and Endurance Coach and Learning to Keep Training Simple
I learn the hard way.
Lessons need to beat me upside my head before they sink in.
And what I slowly learned over a 35 year career of doing endurance sports, strength training, and yoga is to keep training simple and keep it fun.
Keep Training Simple and Focused on Fun
As a cyclist, runner, cross-country skier, and a rower, I was never blessed with much talent or lung capacity, due to asthma.
But what I do have is drive and determination, and maybe a little stubbornness.
That was enough to get me some success on the bike, winning a state cyclocross championship and standing on podiums for road, cyclocross, and mountain bike races.
I needed results as a way of validating myself, of proving that I had value.
But that made me miserable.
My body might be capable of more, but I was never okay with simply doing the best I could, even given the asthma.
And I only cared about the results, not the sheer joy of running and cycling.
It’s Taken Me a Long Time to Learn Process Before Results
I’m older now, happily married, and I’ve slowly learned that my happiness does not depend on my cycling or running results.
And I’m learning that the process of training has shaped who I am as a person. I am a stronger person because I trained my mind and body.
The process of getting good with myself will be a lifelong journey. Every day gets a little better.
Now, I bring the lessons and experiences of my life to my clients as a coach for runners and cyclists.
I bring my teaching experience to yoga classes to help people build mobility and strength.
And my personal training focuses on not just helping people get stronger, but helping them move more comfortably.
Using Knowledge and Experience as a Coach for Runners and Cyclists
As a coach for runners and cyclists now, I am constantly reading and researching the most effective training tools, strength training information, and yoga sequences.
I have a USA cycling coaching license, a personal training and strength training license, and I am a certified yoga instructor.
The synthesis of all of this knowledge, plus my own long years of learning and experience helps me understand what a client might need to achieve his or her endurance goals.
And in training to reach their adventure goals, I can help clients learn to value the process of training and goal setting, lessons that can bring joy and health for the rest of their lives.
Where I’ve Come From
The addiction to endurance sports – riding a bike, running, cross-country skiing – started in high school. I added rowing (eight-man crew) in college as well.
Racing bikes started back in the 80s with road cycling, and cyclocross, mountain bike, and track came later.
And since I dislike cars, my bike is my commuting vehicle.
As a runner, I did a lot of 5 and 10k races and finished one marathon – which was enough for my knees! I’ve done the Birkie and a bunch of other long – and shorter – ski races too.
I am an endurance sport coachith a USA Cycling Level 3 Coach’s license as well as personal trainer (NCCA-certified) and Advanced Nutrition certification. And even as a skinny dude, I’ve done strength training for many years.
In 2020, I earned my Yoga Instructor Certification, and I teach classes online and at the WAC.
And 23 years as a middle school English teacher is enough for anyone!
My amazingly tolerant and supportive wife Kate and teenager Sarah continue to support my athletic addictions and business ventures.
They constantly remind me that process of training keeping me happy is more important than any result.
We live just outside of Milwaukee.
We Offer the Process of Training You Need to Reach Your Goals
Simple Endurance Coaching can offer a combination of endurance training plans, strength training, yoga sequences for endurance athletes, nutrition advice, and mental toughness training.
Foundation Yoga provides practice in breathing, mobility, and building strength.
Foundation Strength Training offers online training for at-home or gym workouts, an eight-week Foundation Strength course, and personal training at our studio.
What are your goals? What adventures do you dream of?
I love listening to your dreams and challenges, and helping you turn those ideas and dreams into a plan to achieve.