Getting better over a long period of time takes much more than just hard work, it takes a well-developed approach. Hard work alone can come with setbacks from injury or burnout. I see way too many people of all levels training without direction end up forced to take time off to recover from an injury or from simply being burned out. There are no guarantees for training and racing injury free. Training an athlete from a holistic approach combining nutritional guidance, strength and flexibility training, in addition to sport specific training can produce results to build upon for years to come with a greatly reduced chance of setbacks.
Coaching is for athletes of all levels. Your first ‘Couch To 5K,’ Sprint Triathlon, Ironman Distance event or moving from a Cat 5 road racer up the ranks will take planning and execution. The guidance and accountability you will receive through coaching will help you achieve those goals. Individual training programs will begin with a questionnaire or interview to learn more about your background and future goals. From there, your individual training plan will be based on data collected from baseline testing that may include Resting Heart Rate, Estimated Max Heart Rate, Estimated Lactate Threshold, Flexibility Analysis and Nutritional Evaluation.
My experience training and racing multisport and cycling specific events bring a real world approach to relate as an athlete and a coach. My background racing began at the age of 6 swimming competitively. At the age of 14 I raced in my first triathlon. I had the opportunity to be coached and mentored by some of the best in the world. Six time Olympic coach Richard Quick started me off as a young wet head. During my age grouper years I was also coached by David Marsh who won 12 NCAA Championship titles coaching Auburn University men’s and women’s swim teams. Three time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines ate many spaghetti dinners in my family’s home during his years at Auburn. He mentored me during the fundamental years of my swimming. These outstanding coaches and Olympic athletes I spent my young years surrounded by fueled a desire to continue racing into adulthood and begin coaching others. I currently race for Team Momentum out of Birmingham, AL and work full time for Cahaba Cycles.
My qualifications and experience provide a full spectrum of benefits to my clients. I have over ten years of experience as a Strength & Conditioning Coach from youth to collegiate level athletics, yoga instructor, Pilates instructor, Cycling Instructor and Personal Trainer. My coaching methods use quantitative data from baseline testing, periodic retesting and race performance to gauge progress. Your nutrition plan will be tailored for training, pre-race and recovery. Your training program will be provided using an online coaching platform. I will plan your training week by week and provide daily feedback via email from results posted after each workout. As a client, you have access to unlimited emails and phone calls. We will meet in person or Skype as needed to discuss your progress and any adjustments to your program. My goal is to see each client develop to their potential.
“You are either getting better or getting worse, but you’re not staying the same.” – Jim Harbaugh