Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why should I get a Triathlon Coach?
I can help you to see your path clearly, and make decisions that will allow you to achieve your potential
The athletes that I coach all love to have a plan that they can follow which takes the thinking out of their training. Having some structure helps you to stay focussed and gets you to your goal faster. There is a lot of “noise”and advice out there . I can help you to see your path clearly, and make decisions that will allow you to achieve your potential. Having been coached myself, I know how useful it is to have someone on your “team” to affirm your choices and to push you out of your comfort zone, when needed, to improve your performance.
What is female specific coaching?
I believe women have different needs in coaching, we are physiologically different to men and there are ways to adapt your training so that you can get the best from yourself at any time.
I use the Fitr Woman app with all my packages to help inform training. If you are peri-menopausal or menopausal then I will also adapt your training to suit your needs. I keep up to date with any developments in this area, so you can be assured that you are getting the latest advice.
In November 2019, I was one of the first coaches to take the “women are not small men” course by DR Stacy Sims.
We are only just scratching the surface on research into female physiology, it’s exiting to see how we can improve with the right information and coaching
I’m not sure if I’m peri-menopausal?
We track symptoms that are unique to your age, so that we can optimise training and recovery
My coaching has helped women triathletes who are in their 40’s and beyond to balance their training with the other stresses of life. . I have taken the Dr Stacy Sims Menopause for athletes course, so know how to help you get the best from yourself at this age.
I’m an older athlete and have been through the menopause?
As you get older, nutrition and training needs are different. I will implement this into your training so that you can continue to perform at your best.
I can help you, by understanding how your training needs to change and by helping you to train smarter. As you get older, nutrition and training needs are different. I will implement this into your training so that you can continue to perform at your best. We even plan in resets, to help with the recovery process. You can check them out here.
How do I get set up?
And we’ll set up an initial consultation. I’ll simply send you a form to fill out which will tell me a bit about your goals, strengths, challenges, and lifestyle, then I’ll be in touch to have a chat and clear up any questions you might have.
This is also an opportunity for me to find out more about you, as this will help me to plan for you. Once we’ve had this conversation I’ll get you set up on Training Peaks and get you started on your way to triathlon success.
Do I need to be a certain standard?
All you need is a goal and a desire to get the best from yourself.
This is a common fear, that you are not “good enough” to have a coach. Anyone can benefit from having a coach and I have coached a range of people, from those who have never done a triathlon, to those competing as Age Group champions. All you need is a goal and a desire to get the best from yourself.
Do I need to have a background in endurance sports?
I have had clients go from only having done one discipline to becoming a triathlete, over the course of 6-9 months
Not at all, as long as you are patient with the process you can build up your endurance. I have had clients go from only having done one discipline to becoming a triathlete, over the course of 6-9 months, and beginner swimmers build their distance up to be able to complete Ironman events.
What about nutrition, I heard it’s the 4th discipline?
I offer stand alone nutrition packages if you are looking to improve your diet, as it’s something that can play a big part in recovery and race performance. It is something that we talk about frequently during prep for races, and during training sessions. I’m always happy to answer questions relating to this area.
Do you work with International athletes?
Yes, I love working with a range of people, we can maintain contact using a communication method that works internationally. Training Peaks is available to any athlete, and accessible at any time.