The Benefits of Hiring a Coach

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December 15, 2016

Mike Ricci


As the new year approaches, we receive numerous requests for coaching. For those new to the sport or those who've never had a coach, I've compiled some ideas on what to look for.

Undoubtedly, having a coach is an effective way to stay motivated and develop a solid training plan. All Olympic medalists and top pro triathletes have coaches for guidance, support, and direction. It's not a coincidence. They benefit greatly from coaching, and age group triathletes should be no different. However, some concerns arise, such as reluctance to be told what to do, preferences for workouts, or concerns about compatibility with the coach's style. These are crucial considerations when selecting a coach. Each coach has their own approach, philosophy, and motivational techniques. Communication is key—you should convey your preferences, time constraints, and goals, and it's the coach's responsibility to tailor the training plan accordingly. Instead of missing crucial workouts due to conflicting commitments, a good coach will adjust your schedule to ensure you stay on track. They'll know when to push you and when to dial back the intensity.

Here are some qualities to look for in a coach:

1. Accessibility: Is the coach readily available to answer queries and provide support? Prompt communication is essential.
2. Credentials and reputation: Does the coach have solid credentials, and do other triathletes endorse their program? Seek references and proof of certification.
3. Comparison-shopping: Just as you wouldn't buy any car without considering various factors, choose a coach who fits your needs and preferences.
4. Workout delivery: How will you receive the workouts? Monthly, weekly, via email, fax, etc.?
5. Tailored programs: Does the coach provide personalized programs based on individual needs, abilities, and goals?
6. Flexibility: How does the coach handle unexpected events like illness, injury, or work-related trips? Will they adjust your training plan accordingly?

A coach should offer:

1. Structure: A program tailored to your needs, covering all aspects of training.
2. Motivation: Support to keep you motivated, even on challenging days.
3. Success: A plan designed to help you achieve your goals. If it's not working, communicate with the coach and seek clarification.

At D3 Multisport, we believe in providing exceptional coaching services. Athletes choose us not just for our reputation or achievements but also for the lasting relationships we build and the consistent improvement they experience.

In conclusion, do your research, ask questions, and choose the right coach for you. Stick to the plan and avoid making frequent adjustments. With dedication and the right guidance, you can have your best year ever! While you may not win Ironman, you can certainly achieve remarkable progress.

Coach Mike Ricci is the Founder and Head Coach for D3 Multisport.  His coaching style is ‘process-focused’ vs. ‘results-focused.’ When working with an athlete, their understanding of how and why they are improving is always going to take precedence over any race result. Yes, there is an end goal, but in over 2 decades of coaching, experience has shown him that if you do the right work, and for the right reasons, the results will follow.

Coach Mike is a USAT Level III Elite Certified Coach, Ironman University Certified Coach, and Training Peaks Level II Certified Coach. He was honored as the USAT Coach of the Year.

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