Friday, September 16, 2011


September already and another New England triathlon season has come to a close. Those Brisbanites have it so good with races straight from October to March and "winter" training that still includes outdoor rides.

This has been the most successful season on record. I competed in 6 races, podiumed in 4 and went to the National Championship.

I have the coaches and athletes at BPC to thank for that. When I first arrived back in Boston, I was looking for a team similar to my Aussie team, the Brisbane Tri Squad. I wanted more than just a team, and I wanted more than just a coach. I was looking for a team that offered group coaching to keep me motivated (nothing gets you out of bed like knowing your friends will all be at the pool). BPC was that team.

Over the last two years, I've gone from a participant to a competitor. With Duxbury last year, I took my first climb up the podium, and I qualified for Nationals. After my first taste of victory, there was no turning back. I bought a tri bike, and I kept myself mostly injury-free. This season has been all about getting ready for and competing at Nationals.

As I start looking toward next season (and, yes, I'm already thinking about and planning for June 2012), I've decided I want to try something new with my coaching. I started researching coaches online, reading bios, talking to friends about their coaches, reading blog post after blog post on why I need a coach and why I don't. I narrowed it down to four coaches who all came highly-recommended and who I thought would be a good fit.

I put together a bunch of questions on their athletes:

  • How many?
  • Breakdown of long versus short course?
  • Athlete profile (just getting fit versus national champ)?
their training philosophy:
  • Hours per week and breakdown by discipline?
  • Periodization?
  • Role of recovery and forms?
  • Role of strength training and forms?
  • Training metrics (e.g., power, heart rate, speed)?
and their communication style:
  • Forms?
  • Frequency?
  • Number of weeks in a program? How far before starting the program will I receive it?
In the end, I'm lucky to be working with Coach Alan of DCRainmaker fame. First goal with the new coach is the Newton Chilly Half Marathon in 8 weeks. It will be the first half marathon that I've really trained for, so I'm excited to see how far we can go.


Anonymous September 17, 2011 at 5:56 PM  

Hi! Congratulations on your amazing season!! A great year for sure-and it looks like no rest for you :) I'm excited to read about your running training.

Shannon September 19, 2011 at 2:01 PM  

you're a rockstar :) can't wait to see how things go for you with the new coach!

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