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From The Outside Looking In

March 5th, 2013

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I was self-coached during my 20 year stint as a professional triathlete.  This was more a function of the lack of triathlon coaches and the lack of dollars to pay a coach than it was the desire to captain my own ship.  As Plato said, necessity is the mother of invention - so I figured it out on my own.

I sought out the best triathletes, runners, cyclists, swimmers that I could find and tirelessly sorted through their routines and cobbled together a plan that I felt would work for me.  Over the years I tweaked and refined the plan depending on what was working for me.  As a result I saw steady progress in my fitness each year until I stopped twenty years after I started.

I feel that part of what allowed me to improve a little each year that I raced, was that while I was the Captain of my ship, I never shied away from the advice of others.  I sought the knowledge and intuition of those around me who were able to evaluate my plan a bit more objectively than i was able to.  I listened to anyone willing to weigh in, and then sorted out what worked best for me.  We’re different, after all.

My point is that most of us know what we’re supposed to do, but we need a coach or confidant to tell us what we should do.

Fortunately for today’s triathletes and unlike the primitive triathlon era that I grew up in, there are now plenty of experienced and intelligent triathlon coaches out there to help guide you on your journey to becoming the best triathlete you can be.  So when you can’t see the forest for the trees, seek advice from an experienced coach or from those close to you.

 

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