Where in Southern California can I meet for an in-person triathlon or single sport evaluation session?
Contact Coach Steve and he can work with you as to the best location. Throughout the region, there are appropriate facilities that can be utilized for the swim, bike and/or run evaluations necessary to get the training and coaching program initiated. Send a note to Coach Steve HERE
What level of fitness do I need in order to begin training towards my goal?
The fitness level necessary is determined by your goal events, for the most part. If you have never completed a triathlon before, then greater emphasis would be placed on evaluation and training for base level fitness.
The Performance Max program option includes functional strength training, and would provide you with key developmental exercises each month. Otherwise, the functional strength training program option can be added at your request.
Longer length events and your age may require a greater emphasis on foundational
strength training as well.
What is the time commitment to effectively train?
This is a common question, and the answer is based on your fitness and goals, for beginners, age group contenders, age group elites, and professionals. But here are the general recommendations:
● Sprint Race: 6-10 hrs./week
● Olympic Race: 8-12 hrs./week
● 70.3 Race: 10-14 hrs./week
● Ironman Race: 15 hrs./week plus
What if I want to train in just one of the three sports?
Single sport coaching is available, and listed in the program and options section HERE
What is the financial commitment? Do I pay in advance?
There’s a three-month minimum coaching agreement requirement, which includes the initial evaluation. Also, payment is required monthly, in advance, after the initial payment for the first three months.
I’m relatively new to the sport of triathlon but would like to complete an Ironman event within the next two years. What do I need to do to accomplish this?
To accomplish this, you would need to commit to 15+ hours a week for training, because preparation leads to performance. Of course, there’s other considerations, such as your health, fitness, competitive background to date, and dedication to the event preparation. This is a huge goal that needs to be broken down into key steps and continually evaluated by both you and your coach.
What race distance is best for me?
If you’re new to the sport, then you would most likely start with a season of sprint races. Then, you can move up to your desired event distance once you’ve gained experience. Additional aspects include your sport specific background, strengths and weaknesses, as well as current health and fitness that’s relevant to endurance training.
Do I need a coach?
If you choose to not team up with a coach, you can get a general training plan that’s not specific to you from the many online resources. But, my recommendation is that you engage with a coach. Serious amateur and professional athletes of all sports utilize this resource. A certified coach provides:
- physical skills analysis
- annual training plan with periodical sections geared towards “A” event peaking
- specific training based on areas for development
- mental skills for training and racing
- fitness assessment and testing
- time-management skills
- nutrition requirements for specific race distances
- equipment recommendations for specific events
- analyze data and field responses to determine proper training and racing outputs
- continuous training and education on the sport and how it relates to you and your training and racing.
But the biggest benefit is that you now have a go-to expert on your team that is mapping out your plan for success.
How do I select a coach?
Here are the qualities to look for in a coach:
- Education and background: Does the coach have educational training and a certification from the governing body of the sport – USA Triathlon?
- Experience: Ask the coach what his experiences are with different types of athletes. Has he worked with beginners through to full Ironman competitors? If you’re a masters’ level athlete (50 years and up), does he know and understand the characteristics of training this unique athlete? What is the coach’s own competitive experience? And perhaps the biggest factor in experience: does the coach work full-time in this area or is it part-time?
- Personality: To work closely with an athlete to help achieve their goals, a coach’s personality must compliment the athlete’s. It’s important to conduct a lengthy conversation or interview with a potential coach to get a feel for whether or not you would work well together. Is the coach accessible, and if so, how? Will you be able to accept both positive and negative feedback from your coach?
- Philosophy: Is the coach willing to work with you concerning your job, family and other obligations in life? Or, will he be rigid about the training, no matter the circumstances? Does the coach desire that you have fun and enjoy the training and racing experiences? After an initial assessment of your fitness, skills, and time available to train, will the coach let you know if your goals are realistic or not? Do you feel the coach’s passion for the sport?
- Programs: Does the coach offer a face-to-face training option or is training and coaching done strictly online or by phone? If you decide not to select the in-person option for training, or if you live outside of the coach’s geographical area, does the coach provide an online video option where you and the coach can review your skill techniques in the three sports? Ask the coach how he personalizes his training, especially if he is geographically removed from your area.
Support Network and Referrals: An integral part of many coaches’ strategy is their referral network of recommended professional providers, which fill out areas in which the coach might not be an expert. Ask them specific questions about their network of professionals.