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As a 20-year coach and endurance athlete myself, I’ve worked with hundreds of athletes across all abilities and skill levels.
My favorite athletes to work with are business professionals; they are dynamic people. They are motivated, eager to learn, and excited about growth through the sport.
When working with execs, entrepreneurs and small business owners, THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I SEE holding them back from having their best experience in an Ironman is…
They try to do too much;
Too much work.
Too much life.
Too much training.
They want to complete an Ironman, but they don’t want anything else to give either. They go hard, too hard. All the time.
In some circles, this type of effort can be worn like a badge of honor. But the science shows it’s not always the best approach, especially for athletes over 35 years old. Often this realization only comes the hard way.
I often meet athletes who come to me from another coach after being sick, injured, burned out or worse.
Athletes show up at my door completely overtrained because they’ve been putting in ridiculous mid-week workouts when they are trying to balance a family on top of their career.
It just doesn’t make sense to do this… and it’s not necessary.
If you’re goal is to complete an Ironman 70.3 or the “Holy Grail” 140.6 AND enjoy the process, you should be training with the rest of your life in mind. You want to stay healthy, have energy and enjoy the entire journey.
This doesn’t mean you don’t train hard. It just means that you train smart. No junk miles. Everything workout has a purpose.
You can train 7-8 hours per week for a 70.3 and 10-12 hours a week for a full Ironman. Of course, a bit more time, carefully curated, will yield better results.
This brings me to the other challenge busy people face, they don’t have the right coach.
Consider this, many coaches get started coaching because they found success, they were fast and other people asked them for help with training. What works for these high level athletes is very different than what a busy professional looking for a PR needs. To properly prepare for a race, other aspects of life must be considered – this is where the science of sport intersects with art.
The reality is, our bodies can only handle so much stress. When you have a career and family life, that is a fair dose of baseline stress. Your recovery system responds the same to these as well as things like sleep, nutrition and hydration. The more stress that gets added, like Ironman training, the more recovery is needed. This is why balanced, smart training is so important and can’t be overlooked if you want to reach your potential.
My goal as a coach is to help you balance your work, life and training and make it simple and fun. If we do this, you’ll have the best experience possible at your Ironman.
If this sounds like you, we should talk… If you are a professional, with a full life and a demanding career. If you’re looking to complete an Ironman 70.3 or 140.6 and enjoy the journey, these are the two things that are going to make a difference for you.
- A plan that accounts for all aspects of your life. Most templated plans don’t account for more than training.
- A coach that adapts to you and your goals. If you’re busy and have a lot on your mind, it helps to have someone thinking about your training so you don’t have to. Delegating this planning opens up your ability to fit in the rest of your life. A coach also gives you confidence, knowing that you’re doing the right amount of work, not too much, not too little. This is invaluable when you get to the start line, you’ll know that you’re ready to have your best day.
If you think this might be something for you, click this button to schedule a call with me. I’d be happy to listen to your goals and consider if my coaching might be a good fit for you. Look forward to meeting you!Schedule a Training Strategy Call
Ironman Certified Coach
University of Southern California, MBA
Gray Institute, FAFS, FMR, FSTT
Fitness Institute of Australia, Certificate III & IV
University of Michigan, BGS