My philosophy of coaching stems from my time management skills I developed as a being an age group- collegiate swimmer and my learning the sport of triathlon on my own when I started in 1992.
Along with continuing education and having a variety of coaches and apply what I learned to coach myself, born my triathlon coaching career. Because of my struggles as a high school and collegiate swimmer, I would train but when it came to competition I flopped, I am really into the psychology of training and racing.
A training plan does not make great athletes. I take pride in putting thought into your training plan, ultimately it is up to you to go out and make your goals and dreams reality. Trust that you are receiving the highest quality training program designed to maximize your performance. However, it is WHAT YOU DO with the training information and other suggestions that really count. If you receive a plan that recommends, X, Y, and Z you should do X, Y and Z unless you are too tired to do so, the conditions are too dangerous, or your schedule has changed and will not allow it. It is the EXECUTION of well-design training plans that will help you progress towards your goals. I welcome and will always use your feedback together with my knowledge and experience to create a plan that will best help you attain your goals. My role is to help you help yourself in your process as an athlete.
As you can see from my experiences, coaching is more than just a training plan. Coaches are an athlete’s accountability partner. They are on your journey to better health, fitness, and sport. My role is to educate each athlete. Empowering each athlete to make decisions, to understand what the intent of the workout is so they can hold themselves accountable. I build a personalized training program with specific KEY training sessions based on the athlete’s current fitness level and supporting sessions, skills and drills and endurance to facilitate recovery and provide the key workouts. I scale the workout time based on the athlete’s time availability to train. I educate each athlete with solid nutrition and recovery protocols and within the training plan. Communication is the key component to a successful athlete/coach relationship.
“Being a great coached athlete is not about punching the clock and simply checking off workouts. Life is not a spreadsheet, and therefore, neither is training. I often giggle when an athlete reports a great week of training simply because they did every session. Effective training is that which facilitates positive physiological adaptations, so ensure you and your coach maintain a dynamic mindset when it comes” -Matt Dixon
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