Catching up with Coach Jay Weber

Dec
7

 

Coach Jay Weber of San Diego, California, knows the sport of triathlon from nearly every angle: racing, coaching, officiating, race directing, and retail. The 36-year-old former wrestling coach and Team in Training triathlon coach interacts regularly with those brand-new to the sport as well as professionals at the highest levels. But for Coach Jay, the real reward comes from working with novices and helping them to overcome fears and self doubts to enjoy the satisfaction of accomplishment.

He has a limited number of openings in his 2016 coaching roster for athletes who are ready to take on the personal challenge of triathlon. The effervescent coach with the contagious smile can turn worry into skills and fear into results.

Since 2009, Coach Jay has worked with five triathlon Team in Training groups, bringing over 200 participants into the sport of triathlon. He says when it comes to enjoyment and longevity in the sport, "attitude and passion are really the only things that matter."

He officiates 12 to 15 events per year for USAT, IRONMAN, and ITU. He has served as the Head Official and Assistant for USAT and has worked in every single ITU officiating position - about 20. With the growing number of new athletes in the sport, he has found an increasing need to educate participants about the rules. Most rule infractions come about from lack of knowledge, not the desire to gain an unfair advantage as "it's a very genuine sport as everyone is working on their own personal best."

Additionally, Coach Jay serves as a race director for the San Diego Tri Club, helps with Challenged Athlete Foundation camps, and works as the Director of East Coast Sales for XTERRA.

If you would like to work with a coach who specializes in youth and new athletes and keeps it extremely fun and positive, contact Coach Jay to discuss your interests: jay@teammpi.com

 


Read more about Coach Jay from this September 2015 interview:

Although I now call San Diego home, and can't see myself leaving anytime soon, anything is possible. I grew up in New England, and still definitely have an East Coast mentality and personality. Growing up in NH was awesome - the 4 seasons showed their true colors with snow, leaves changing and warm summers. My parents and sister haven't left, and probably never will. It gives them a good excuse to come visit great weather! I am the Director of East Coast Sales for XTERRA Wetsuits, and in addition to training for triathlons, I officiate for ITU, Ironman and USAT.

 

 

Tell us about your athletic past and what led you to triathlon.

My athletic past was far from endurance related. I grew up playing soccer (very poorly, but as a great means to get in shape); water skiing in the summers, snow skiing in the winters, and wrestling. My competition life had me living it 6 minutes at a time, and I thought that people only ran to get in shape or were just plain crazy. While still in college, I started coaching wrestling, and continued to coach wrestling for nearly 15 years before moving to California.

I got into triathlon when I found out about Team in Training, and wanted to fundraise and give back. My first year I went a bit overboard, and did 12 triathlons, 2 half marathons, and a bunch of ever races. I have been hooked ever since, and competed in all distances up to Ironman. I now am enjoying mountain bike racing in addition to triathlons and loving XTERRA Off-Road. Short, explosive efforts that make you feel like a train hit you!

 

Who do you see as your target athletes for your coaching practice?

I prefer to work with athletes that are novice. As a non-elite athlete, and having coached wrestlers of all abilities has given me a unique perspective on how to work with athletes of all levels. I enjoy breaking down the fundamentals and working with a novice athlete until they get their "a-ha" moment, and then seeing them accomplish their goals!

 

Can you describe your coaching practices/philosophy/emphasis?

I truly feel that a skill before speed approach is a great fundamental that is sometimes missed with athletes. I enjoy focusing on having people get it right before going fast. If you have the skill, the speed will come. The helps in avoiding injury. I love to break down skills into the smallest minutia of detail if needed and working on those skills before moving on.

 

What would you tell a perspective athlete who would really like to enjoy the sport more and find more success but is hesitant to try working with a coach?

Triathlon is an individual sport, but it is more fun when you have someone to help guide you. Structure is a good thing to helping you find your strengths, and work on your weaknesses, but also find events that are optimal for you.

 

What are some classic mistakes self-coached athletes make, that as a coach, you could help them avoid?

I think that the most classic mistake is that more is always better. With so many time crunched athletes today because we have full-time jobs, and other parts of our lives, a coach can objectively look at strengths and weaknesses, and give you quality training sessions vs. big, long distance.

Another classic mistake that most athletes make, even though they inherently know not to it, is to focus on their strengths instead of their weaknesses. By having a larger focus on their weakness, their strength can become that much stronger. Triathlon racing is like golf- lowest score wins.

One more classic mistake that not everyone thinks of is that the little things all add-up: nutrition, transitions, mount, dismount. These are basic and fundamental skills that are often overlooked!

 

Coach Jay can be reached at jay@teammpi.com

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