Triathlon Coaching Paradigm
The triathlon coaching paradigm has recently shifted from a more traditional static approach to a dynamic, contemporary, and no doubt more effective style. Whether you are a triathlete searching for a new triathlon or endurance coach, a triathlon coach looking to achieve a better result for your trainees, or even a triathlon trainee looking to evaluate your current coach, the fact of the matter remains that understanding the strides and evolutionary advancements made in the triathlon coaching industry plays a vital role in your overall training or coaching success in this sport. The following are just a few evolutionary approaches and rules of triathlon training that should be considered when putting together an effective triathlon training schedule.
Triathlon Workout Programs are Not the Holy Grail
In this day and age where technology basically covers all areas of our lives, triathlon training plan or program wizards are great source for novice triathlon trainees looking to go the triathlon planning, training and competing process on their own. Triathlon training schedule software applications offer their users (be it individual inexperienced triathletes or well-seasoned triathlon coaches) a large library of amazing pre-written triathlon training plans or programs, along with a glut of effective workouts, tailored to increase endurance and improve both strength and speed.
This technology allows any amateure triathlete or triathlon coach to design training programs that surpass even those of many expert triathlon coaches. The catch here, however, is that it takes a seasoned, wise triathlon training expert to devise an effective all-encompassing training program that intertwines a biking, swimming and running routines. This should include incorporating changes in health, lifestyle changes, injury status and social obligations.
With that said it takes an even more knowledgeable and somewhat experienced triathlon coach to diagnose and treat biochemical and nutritional deficiencies and problems hindering an athlete’s progress.
The Road to Success is Not Only about Heart Rate and GPS,
A few years ago, the only data or information most trainers inspected to gauge triathlon coaching success and performance was speed, distance, heart rate, and power. This assessment method however has since changed to incorporate other factors such as trainee recovery status, caloric balance, heart rate variability, amino acid levels, hydration, and testosterone – cortisol ratios. Triathlon coaches today need to be able to assess internal athlete performance, taking in to consideration performance factors like trainee iron level, body acidity, vitamin D levels, fatty acid ratio, magnesium, and electrolyte status as well as food allergies and intolerances.
Working in Teams is Important
Triathlon coaches should not and cannot be lone wolves. Every coach and athlete for that matter should have a surrounding team that assists athletes to get results. With regards to first time triathletes with no coach, it’s important to have an acquaintance or companion that helps keep you focused and motivated. Triathlon coach teams should be comprised of chiropractic physicians, orthopedic surgeons, registered dietitians/nutritionists, massage therapists, and if needed, naturopathic physicians.
Just keep in mind that while you can find a lot of great resources out there to train for a triathlon, there is no “one size fits all” for those athletes looking to take this sport seriously and have fun racing.