How do you choose a coach? are they worth it?

Discussion in 'Cycling Training' started by steevo, Oct 18, 2004.

  1. steevo

    steevo New Member

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    A lot of people talk about their coaches and whatnot. I want to do everything
    I can to be a stronger better smarter rider, and apparently thise means having a coach? any thoughts?
     
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  2. fabiosav

    fabiosav New Member

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    There is NO DOUBT. I think Ric is great, solid well founded advice that anyone could benefot from for example (ps no, I've nevre met teh guy, live 5 time zones away etc...) That said, as a starting rider I find having a coach in person has made a huge difference: hard to work on form/mechanics via e-mail.
     
  3. MaxPrime

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    I would go with a local guy for the short term. If you get to a high level of performance or begin to peak, I would seek someone like Ric who has advanced knowledge about every aspect of professional training.
     
  4. mitosis

    mitosis New Member

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    When you start out you need a coach to make sure you have the basics.

    Educate yourself - it is not difficult - and coach yourself until you get to elite level. If you can get that far, hire a coach again to get the very best out of yourself.

    At all times, even when you are under a coach, read everything and listen to everyones advice. Then chose what is best for you to follow.
     
  5. ric_stern/RST

    ric_stern/RST New Member

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    While it's definitely a good idea to be coached if you're at a high level, it can also be very useful at more modest levels, whether you're just starting out at racing or you may not even race but do events such as a Grand Fondo, or the Etape.

    Many people are short on time and have to fit cycling around family, work, school and other commitments. Having a coach who can prepare training for you, so that all you need to do is get out on the bike and not worry about what to do and also, analyse how the training is going in relation to the goals that have been set is very useful.

    The objective feedback that a coach provides along with the training, and being able to see the big picture, is often something that can't be done with self coaching. It can become quite easy to get confused and prioritise the wrong type of training or to worry too much about missing certain sessions (which can then lead to adverse effects with the next session).

    At RST we coach a wide variety of athletes from recreational levels up to world class and pro level. We offer carefully crafted coaching, that is personally designed for each individual athlete, and at all times we really care about how you get on. Your success is ours. We're the leading experts in coaching with power, which we've been using since the mid 90's. Via the internet and email (etc) we coach people throughout the world and in many different time zones, and offer training camps in the USA, UK, and Europe.

    We look forward to helping you achieve success and meeting your goals.

    Ric
     
  6. fabiosav

    fabiosav New Member

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    I haea cach, and I'd go with Ric anyime, if you find a good fit!
     
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    I have had a coach for 1-1/2 years. Along with all that Ric said, I think it important that one have face time and ride time w/ the coach. This is most important in the beginning. I think the face time also helps the coach encourage the client through some of the tough periods. Serious training can get lonely at times without an active club or group to train with.
     
  8. steve007

    steve007 New Member

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    Definitely a coach is a good idea.
     
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