How Does Coaching Work?

Writing a training plan is just the beginning. You can learn to write a training plan from one of many great books out there. Joe Friel’s “Cyclists Training Bible”, Hunter Allen and Andy Coggan’s “Training and Racing with a Power Meter” and Greg LeMond’s “Complete Book of Cycling” are great places to start. Even better, you can become a USA Cycling Level 3 coach simply by ordering the manual, taking a brief test and paying the fee. Though successful athletes create their own training plans, there is no substitute for a coach. A coach can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses (hint: they aren’t always what you think they are), give you objective feedback, support and accountability. Perhaps most importantly, having a coach can help you avoid the second guessing. You won’t have to worry about whether or not you are doing the right workouts, whether you did too much or too little and whether you are getting faster or slower. All you have to do is do what your coach tells you to do and give them feedback about how you felt.

This doesn’t mean that you should do your training mindlessly and unquestioningly every day. Zombies make bad athletes. When something doesn’t fit into your schedule or doesn’t make sense, ask questions. If you don’t understand why you are doing a workout, ask your coach. There’s no magic or secrets here. We think that the more you know about why you are doing what you’re doing, the better you’ll be at it.