Choosing Simple Endurance Means You Want to Focus on the Process of Training, Not Just Results
Finding a cycling coach or a running coach to help you find your challenges and reach your biking, running, or endurance sport goals can be tough.
You need to find someone who understands your goals, your needs, and your past, someone who will push at the right times, and understand why you need to back off at others.
You need to find the right person.
Two things set Simple Endurance from other coaches: One, I have a broad collection of experiences from decades of endurance sports, including cycling, running, cross-country skiing, even rowing.
Second, I use a unique holistic approach to your athletic development, using your sport training along with strength training, yoga, and mental toughness work.
And the goal of finding a bike coach or a run coach is to learn and grow every step of the way, while having fun and challenging yourself at the same time.
When you hire Simple Endurance Coaching as your endurance sport coach, it’s important to know what you’re getting.
I am a USA Cycling-certified coach, a RYT-200 certified yoga instructor, and -certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition with Action Personal Training.
I was also a middle-school English teacher for 23 years, and I bring a teacher’s growth mindset to my coaching.
Step One: We Talk About Finding a Cycling Coach or Finding a Running Coach
By phone, coffee meeting, online, or smoke signals, we talk about what it is you want from a coach. Why are you finding a running coach or cycling coach in the first place?
We also discuss your goals, dreams, concerns, and challenges in our initial meeting.
Our goal is to first flesh out your reasons for finding a bike or run 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’s zero worry in that, you can either carry on, or I can refer you to another colleague.
If you think you’re ready to take the step with me as your coach, then it’s time for the next big thing!
Step Two: We Talk Some More, And You Write – A Lot.
We set up another meeting, this one after you fill out an initial intake form.
This form asks you to think about your past endurance training and competition – if you’ve done races and such.
It also asks you to honestly consider your strengths and challenges as an endurance athlete – mentally, physically, and emotionally.
I don’t become your therapist, but it’s close!
After all of that, we talk about your goals for the next season or block of time – and what specifically you need to do in order to accomplish those goals.
While it’s good to have a specific performance goal, like placing in the top five in my age group at such and such race, we focus more on process goals.
For example, a process goal would be increasing a deadlift from 100 to 150 pounds, being able to complete a full set of intervals, learning how to corner on the mountain bike.
These are all goals that lead us to target event(s).
And these are goals that help us overcome our challenges.
Step Three: The Training Plan
I’ll set up a Training Peaks account for you. We’ll use TP to keep track of all of your workouts and various metrics, like heart rate, perceived exertion, etc.
We’ll start by creating two or three weeks of workouts. That initial time is going to be hit and miss 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 rides/ runs
- short, really hard intervals
- strength training
- yoga or mobility training
- rest and recovery
Most likely, you’ll be doing a lot of endurance workouts.
These are efforts at an easy to talk pace. The pace would allow you to talk, but maybe not argue about politics or religion!
Strength training will also always be a part of your training. If you have access to a gym, I’ll give you workout routines.
Otherwise, your strength workouts will be bodyweight with online videos or utilizing any equipment you have.
We can meet at the WAC if you’re local to Milwaukee, or meet online if you need help with form or execution.
I will also provide online videos of strength workouts that use bodyweight only to build endurance sport-specific strength.
You can do yoga online with my videos or do other classes.
Step Four: We Talk Again
You can see that communication is a key element of coaching!
I need to know how the workouts are going, how your recovery is progressing, how you’re sleeping, etc.
The more I understand about 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.
We build our training programs for women based on menstrual cycles. And for post-menopausal women, we support the endurance training with lots of weight-lifting!
Step Five: Enjoy the Process
You do your sport because you like/love it.
I ride a bicycle nearly every day because I love bikes. If I’m stressed out, hours of pedaling calms me down.
Accomplishing the daily challenges of building the training stress is the 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 accomplishments!
Step Six: Accomplish Your Target Event
Even if you don’t “win” in 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.
Finding a cycling coach and finding a running coach mean that you have someone by your side and behind you to guide and support you along the journey.
Finding a Running Coach or Finding a Cycling Coach: Let’s Start the Journey
Still curious? Finding a bike or run coach to fit your needs can be a challenging process.
I’m not a former pro. Nor do I have a degree in Kinesiology or Exercise Science.
My knowledge and understanding have come from a lot of research and reading, over three decades of doing the best I can in bike racing, running, and cross-country skiing, and a lot of learning up from failure and mistakes.
Contact me with the form below. Let’s start talking!