The Top 5 Reasons You Need an Online Triathlon Coach
Online triathlon coaches get a bit of a knock. The idea of an online coach being able to help an athlete achieve their triathlon goals is laughable to some. The reality is this couldn’t be further from the truth. Some of the best triathlon coaches in the world work with their athletes exclusively or partly online achieving outstanding results at all levels of the sport. Here are five reasons you need an online triathlon coach to help you achieve your goals.
1. Daily Training Environment
Triathlon coaches preach the need for a daily training environment to get the most out of their athlete’s training for good reason. Working with an online coach gives you the flexibility to create a daily training environment that works for you. Whether that means joining a swim squad to work with a qualified swimming coach to help your swimming, joining a group ride that fits your training and goals, or hopping on Zwift and virtually riding alongside your coach, the options are limitless. Working with an online coach gives you the ability to have someone look over your training to manage your load to get the most out of available time. Contrary to the widely held belief, athletes coached by online coaches are not limited to training by themselves. In fact, online coaches will rarely discourage their athletes from training with others.
2. Accountability on the Individual
With increasing technology, online coaches have access to so much data. Not only can we see if your power dropped on your intervals, we can see where you grabbed a coffee on the way home from your ride. Having an online coach means your coach will be logged in and switched on to what you are doing keeping you accountable for every session.
3. Individual Attention
Your time is precious, and it’s important to have a training plan that fits into your work/life balance. Having an online coach means every training session is written specifically for you and for your goals to get the most of your training.
4. Injury & Fatigue Management
Writing individually specific training means online coaches can manage their athlete’s load, minimise injury, and fatigue risks. Having an online coach also means a return to training post injury can be actively managed specifically for the athlete.
5. Location & Time
Working with an online coach means your program is written to fit in with you, not the other way around. This limits the need to travel long distances to sessions when not appropriate or beneficial and maximises sleep, recovery, nutrition, hydration and balance with work and family. Working with an online coach also means you can fit group sessions in when they work to get the most of your training.
Not only do online coach-athlete relationships work, but they also provide a service that allows their athletes to get the most out of themselves. When considering your next coaching move in triathlon, don’t overlook an online coach, they are the person in the best position to guide you to your best season yet!
Stuart has competed in triathlons from Sprint to Ironman and Ultra-triathlon distances. As a qualified Triathlon Australia, Australian Athletics Run Coach, and a certified Ironman coach, he is aware of the importance of balancing training with lifestyle, thus complementing other important aspects of an athlete’s life (family, work, study commitments, etc.).
Contact Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org
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