Help! It’s the middle of my triathlon season and I think I need a Coach!


Posted by Coach Liesl Begnaud

Have you ever wondered if a coach could help you improve your swim, bike or run? Or help you hit a personal best time for your upcoming race? Are you struggling to get the workouts in and wondering if you could improve or push yourself more?

I recently attended the TrainingPeaks Endurance Coaching Summit in Boulder, CO. Many of the presenters spoke at great length and in great detail about the role and purpose of a coach. One purpose of the coach is to guide the athlete to appropriately increase the training load to increase the athlete’s fitness over time. Other speakers related that the coach’s job is to communicate effectively, provide appropriate programming and analyze the data to make it customized to each athlete. A coach will help you prepare, prioritize, analyze, and review. Those are the basics in a job description for a coach, but how do you know why and what kind of coach that YOU need to help you meet your race goals?

session photo by Michael Hagen


Start with considering how a coach will help you. Do you need someone to hold you accountable? Do you want someone to help you learn how to swim better or to learn to corner better on your bike? Do you have a general idea what kind of workout to do but really want some variety in the types of training you do? Do you need someone to help you think about and review how your workout for the day went and look at how you can improve? Or what about helping you plan a full season of racing after coming back after an injury? Or help you peak at the right time for your first IRONMAN? If you answered yes, to any of these questions, then you might really benefit from working with a coach and getting a one-on-one personalized workout plan.

The best place to start is to consider one of Team MPI’s coaches. Read through the bios on the website and think about what kind of coach you might want. Do you want a coach that you can see you swim, bike and run on an occasional basis? Do you want to work with a coach who lives near by or is remote coaching OK? Do you want someone who can help you overcome the fears and anxiety you might have getting into the open water? Do you want a coach who you can call and talk with each week to review your training schedule? Are you looking for a coach who has coached para-triathletes? Would you like to have an underwater swim analysis or bike fit? Are you a beginner triathlete needing guidance to complete your first Sprint or Olympic distance?

Each of the Team MPI coaches have unique aspects to their personalities and coaching. Give them a call, or send an email and interview them as a potential coach. Think about what kind of feedback you desire and how you communicate best. Ask the coach how they will specifically work with you to help you meet your goals. Talk to other athletes who have coaches. Every coach has a different style and it’s important to find a good fit for your training needs. It’s also ok to hire a new coach!

With Team MPI, you become part of a larger network and can gain even more support from other athletes and coaches to help you reach your goals. And, yes, you don’t have to wait until next season to hire a coach. We will start with you at any time and help you cross that finish line this season or next!

~ Coach Liesl Begnaud

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