Here Are My 6 Steps for Successful Endurance Sport Coaching

Endurance sport coaching happens a little differently with me and Simple Endurance Coaching. Here are six steps we use to help you be more successful in your goals.

Three Elements of Endurance Sport Coaching

  1. We use strength training and yoga as part of all of our training plans. 
  2. We communicate often to discuss training and life.
  3. You’ll laugh, have fun, and discover a lot about yourself.

Endurance sport coaching happens a little differently with me and Simple Endurance Coaching. 

So it’s important to know what you’re getting when you hire me as your coach.

The biggest things to understand are that I will prescribe yoga and strength training as part of your training plan, we’ll communicate often, and, hopefully, you’ll have fun and discover a lot about yourself in the process of training. 

Here are six steps we use to help you be more successful in your goals.

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Step one: we talk about how I can support you as a coach

We talk about your goals, dreams, concerns, and challenges by phone, coffee meeting, online, or smoke signals.

Our goal is to first flesh out your reasons for looking for a coach, and second, to determine if we think we would be a good fit for each other.

If you don’t think we’re a good fit – and there are zero worries in that – you can either carry on by yourself, or I can refer you to another colleague.

If you think you’re ready to take the step with me for endurance sport coaching, then it’s time for step two!

Step two: we talk some more, and you write

You will fill out an initial intake form for endurance sport coaching that asks you to think about your past endurance training and competition, if you’ve done races, etc.

It also asks you to honestly consider your strengths and challenges as a runner or cyclist – mentally, physically, and emotionally.

And as your coach, this is how I learn how to support you in endurance sport coaching for your adventures

Step three: keep your endurance sport coaching simple – and fun

We use Training Peaks to keep track of all of your workouts and various metrics, like heart rate, perceived exertion, etc.

We start by creating two or three weeks of workouts. That initial time will need to be flexible as we figure out together what your needs are and what specifically works for you.

The workouts will fall into one of five categories:

  • long, endurance runs
  • short, really hard intervals
  • strength training
  • yoga or mobility training
  • rest and recovery

You can work on some strength training at my Simple Training studio if you are local to Milwaukee, or we can meet online if you need help with form or execution.

You can do yoga online with my videos or do other classes.

Our goal is to keep endurance sport coaching Simple, focused, efficient, and productive.

I also tell a lot of really awful Dad jokes. I used to teach 7th and 8th graders and telling bad jokes was part of the routine.

What’s brown and sticky?

No, get your mind out of the gutter.

A stick.

Step four: regular communication

I need to know how the workouts are going, how your recovery is progressing, how you’re sleeping, etc.

The more I understand how your body and mind are responding to the training stress, the better I’ll be able to target the right workouts to meet your needs so that you’re ready for your target event.

We’ll use Training Peaks, email, text, and phone calls to talk about how your training and life are going. 

Step five: celebrate success!

You run and ride because you love it – or at least grudgingly admit you enjoy the suffering!

Accomplishing the daily challenges of building the training stress is a great part of the training process.

Finishing a hard strength training session or a challenging set of intervals or coming to a rest week after a tough block of training is amazing.

We’ll celebrate those small steps in the process of endurance sport coaching.

Step six: accomplish your target event with endurance sport coaching

Even if you don’t win your target event, you are still successful.

And no, that’s not some kind of “everyone gets a trophy” thinking.

My most spectacular failures have become the basis of deep learning and understanding about myself.

You trained hard, you learned so much, you became stronger, more mobile, and faster.

And you will become more confident in your own abilities and strengths.

I’m a retired middle school teacher: I got you

Really, there’s not much that scares me – except maybe running out of coffee!

If I can manage to corral 30 seventh graders into reading and writing, I can find what works to help you be successful as well. 

I use all of my teacher tools to help clients accomplish their bucket lists and goals. 

Most of all, though, I want to use humor and fun!

Endurance sports coaching isn’t complicated: the goal is to keep making progress.

Want to know more about what you can achieve with good coaching? 

My purpose with Simple Endurance Coaching is to help everyday endurance athletes achieve their goals with more strength, endurance, and mobility. 

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Paul Warloski is a: 

  • USA Cycling Level 3 Coach
  • RRCA Running Coach
  • Training Peaks Level 2 Coach
  • RYT-200 Yoga Instructor
  • Certified Personal Trainer