Coaching Philosophy - fcendurance

Coaching Philosophy

Most athletes lead busy lives,  requiring a training regiment that will allow for maximum results with the minimal investment. Quality training is far more effective than excessive volume. As a result, our programs include less volume than traditional training approaches.

We manipulate volume and intensity to bring about the right training load.  Building volume at the expense of everything else results in burnout, lack of performance, and overall fatigue.   Instead, we focus on quality training designed to enhance performance by targeting the areas that need the most development.  How much will  training hours will depend on the individual athlete.  Some of our Ironman athletes can get by with 9-10 hours of training per week, while others need more like 15-16.  The amount you train will depend on a number of factors.

Our workouts serve a very specific purpose.

Some athletes come to us with a well developed anaerobic system while others have a much better aerobic system. These two athletes DO NOT need the same type of training.   The workouts we write for you are designed to target the areas you need to develop the most for your improvement as a triathlete.

We help you build endurance, strength and speed.

Grinding out lots of slow easy miles in an effort to prepare for an upcoming Ironman or Half Ironman results in an athlete who is really good at riding long and slow.  This athlete will either race at the same slow pace their body is accustomed to or they aim for a stellar performance on race day and  push a pace their body is not trained to handle;  most people push too hard and sabotage their race well before the run starts.

Strength on the bike, swim and run is the foundation of everything we do.  Most training plans and programs skip over this completely.  While endurance and the ability to resist fatigue is crucial to the Ironman and Half Ironman distance, it’s only one side of the equation.  If you want to go faster in a race, you need to address strength and speed. However, with speed and interval work comes the increased risk of overdoing it.  We manage your workouts (both volume and intensity) based on your previous training as well how you recover and adapt to workouts. The  balance of strength, speed and endurance will depend on your background and athlete type.

Our workouts address the physiological systems needed for the distance you are racing.

Endurance is only one part of the equation.  In fact, it’s the one area that most athletes spend far too much time developing.  Building the necessary foundation of strength and speed is far more beneficial for long course athletes.  Our system prepares your body to go long.  Your race distance determines the type, frequency and intensity of your workouts.   Our program design takes into consideration the intensity you plan to race at and a system is developed to condition your body to handle this.  Simply riding, running and swimming will only get you so far. Knowing how much to push, when to push and when to recover will optimize your development as a triathlete.

Our training isn’t for everyone.

If you cannot let go of your high volume training, please don’t consider out program.  We are firm believers in our approach and we do not adjust training based on what you feel like you need.  Remember, volume is important and it has its place in the program, but this is strategically placed where your body can benefit from it the most.

Also, our workouts are target and very specific.  If you do many workouts in a group setting, then most likely you’ll be frustrated by the specificity of our program.  You need to be okay with training by yourself so that you can successfully complete the work we prescribe.

 

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