If professional cyclists have coaches then shouldn't we do the same?
Professional Cyclists often praise their coach for being a catalyst in helping them achieve their edge. If Professional Athletes understand the importance of seeking help from others, shouldn't we do the same in our cycling career?
After many years of being a Professional Cyclist, I have won many races in my career and never really had a coach so to speak, until I met Coach David. He helped me mentally prepare for the 2016 Masters World Championships that gave me the extra edge to pull it all together and win.
THE VALUE OF COACHING
A coach provides objective feedback on how the training is going. The coach offers adjustments to the training plan as an athlete progresses or has set backs which allows them to keep the athlete on track and to a plan. Coaching is much more than merely writing a training plan, in truth, a training plan is just a piece of paper if there is no interaction with someone to say if you are doing it right or not.
Coaching in all its forms is a professional service that supports, guides and transfers knowledge with proven methods of working with you to effectively achieve the results you want.
At CIS Training Systems Cycling Program, we combine the Science of Cycling with the Art of Coaching aligned with all forms of coaching.
Science of Cycling:
Art of Coaching:
Types of Coaching:
Coaching is about finding innovative ways to get the best out of each client. The real art in coaching is customizing, getting our clients to buy into a process, and believe what they are doing is going to help them reach their goals. Coaching involves developing technical and race skills and strategies. A book or website can describe how to improve or develop a skill, but having an observer critique the skill and provide feedback is far easier than trying to do it yourself.
TWO BENEFITS OF COACHING
Objectivity is one of the key benefits of coaching. Objectively diagnose problems that are impacting your performance. For example, if you are struggling during the season, you may have difficulty determining the cause of the problem, but it might be clear to a coach. A coach might notice you're not resting enough, or may recognize the need for a diet modification. Even more commonly, a coach may point out your expectations are unrealistic for your current stage of development. With a coach’s impartial perspectives, a coach can often discern issues you may overlook.
Lastly, coaching can be a great source of inspiration. Never underestimate the tremendous psychological benefit a coach can provide. No matter how dedicated and committed you are, sooner or later, you'll need some inspiration. Cycling is a very difficult sport and there are numerous obstacles every cyclist must face. These include stress which could lead to injury, illness, difficult training and racing conditions, uncertainty and a lack of confidence, especially when things are not going well. An effective coach can help motivate you during these difficult times.
5 QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER ASKING WHEN LOOKING TO HIRE A CYCLING COACH
1. Why do you want a coach? I know it seems like an obvious question, but you must ask yourself what you are looking for from your coach. The answers may change as you continue your investigation; but begin with a list or a paragraph describing why you want to trust your training to someone else.
2. What is your budget? Begin your investigation process with a monthly budget in mind. As you proceed through your search, you may find that you need to modify your budget or your coaching service expectations.
3. What is that person's actual coaching experience? A coach that has vast and proven experience at successfully coaching athletes has a bigger knowledge base to draw from than someone who has only coached one or two people. Expect to pay less for lower experience levels.
4. How much contact do you need or want from the coach at training sessions? If you need or want a coach to be with you at workouts to help with form, technique, motivation, or all of the previously mentioned, expect to pay more for personal attention.
5. Do you want a highly-personalized training plan? If you want a training plan designed to suit your specific strengths and weaknesses, expect to pay more for that kind of coaching service. If you are paying for a highly-personalized training plan, be sure that your definition of "personalized" is the same as the coach's definition. Expect to pay more for a completely customized plan than for a plan that has been modified from a template or for a single plan given to a group of athletes.
Hello all, Coach David here at your service. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog page. I hope that you find this information informative to enhance your training experience.