Coach athlete relationship
The coach / athlete relationship is developed over the course of weeks, months and years. An athlete seeks a coach who they trust and can help achieve their goals. It can take some time for the athlete to understand the training philosophies while at the same time the coach is learning about the athletes’ strengths and weaknesses. The most important aspect about the coach / athlete relationship is COMMUNICATION. Ask your coach questions! We will provide honest feedback. Both parties need to have a high level of communication to enable development and achievement of goals.
Outcome goals vs. performance goals vs. process goals. It's important to have at least one of each!
Outcome goals are specific results an athlete seeks during competition. The only success for this athlete is winning or setting a new personal record. These goals are not within an athletes full control.
Performance goals are outlining certain statistics an athlete can currently achieve during competition. A cyclist who has a threshold of 250 watts and is competing in a 20K hill climb trial can only expect to stay within the range of his or her threshold (230 – 260 watts). The athlete can still achieve a new threshold power, however it will most likely not be 350 watts.
Process goals are specific skills that an athlete is focusing on during their sport. These goals are within full control of the athlete. For a runner or a cyclist, a process goal could be focusing on proper running form, pedaling technique, bike handling skills, and core engagement during workouts or races. By focusing on the process goals an athlete during competition or workouts an athlete can stay in the moment and not overly focus on the end result.
Quality vs. Quantity vs. Specificity
Finding the correct balance of intensity and volume while being specific to your sport is very important. Prescribing intervals that focus on your strengths and weaknesses will allow every athlete to become well rounded and ready for any situation. Intervals can range from 15 seconds up to 3+hours depending on the specificity of your sport. The quantity of your training depends on your day to day life, family, school, work, vacation and other social commitments. Finding the correct amount of quality and quantity training is individualized to your lifestyle. Creating this optimal balance will allow you to reach your goals.