I come from two unproductive days in a row. I don’t feel really fit and trainings have been not satisfying.
Also had an unproductive at work which does not help.
Maybe I can still save the day and write a post that make sense.
Money on triathlon. The idea is to share my experience about spending money on this sport. But rather than talking about bikes, wheels, wetsuits, shoes, aero helmets, I will talk about the things that at the beginning did not seem so important to me.
Today I talk about having a personal coach.
It took me three years to decide to get one. I wanted someone to prepare me for my first ironman.
I quickly regretted I did not hire a personal coach before.
Reasons for that are so many that it is difficult to summarize in a single post. I will bring you the main ones:
My training plan is built around me. Workout is based on my level, the races I want to take part to, the time I can spend training and the results I want to get. It means having the best performance you can get based upon you and your targets.
My training plan is flexible. When I have got an injury, there was a plan b. When I want a break, or a lighter workout, I can have my plan slightly changed. If I miss a workout for any reason, my coach tells me how to re-plan the activity.
I understand better training and race strategy. My coach always explains to me what is the rational behind the workouts. He also prepares the best racing strategy: what speed on the bike, what peace running, what and when should I eat during the race.
Finally, I get a lot of motivation from my coach. I know that he is there ready to listen and to advice me for the best, and I am always sure that I am doing the rights thing.
There are many people doing the job. Luca, this is my coach’s name, does his job particularly well.
After I have talked to him, I had decided to work with him for the following reasons:
He is a successful professional athlete, with a good track record of victories, and he is passionate about the sport he practices.
He has a specific degree, and he keeps himself updated on his studies. He has therefore a good knowledge of the body mechanics.
Some of his clients are professional athletes. I do not know what is the average cost of a coach.
In my experience, it is not cheap, but reasonable. And, seen the results, definitely worth it. I have improved a lot in the last months.
I had to give up to a few things; gear would have not made me improve so much anyway, both physically and psychologically.
Race season is ending here in Italy, I have another two races to go. Then four months of basic training and workouts. Luca is already working on my plan.
Have good workouts!