I get asked this question a lot so my response is not a sales pitch. The obvious answer is yes but here are 9 reasons why:
- You may have knowledge of training and what works for you, but a good coach will challenge you to do something different.
- A coach keeps you accountable. There is nothing like having to speak to your coach on Monday morning, knowing you didn’t do that long run or ride, or that you didn’t get up early for the Saturday swim.
- A coach is like satellite navigation. You choose your start and end point and do the driving. A coach keeps you on track, and in a non-judgmental way suggests alternative options if you go off track.
- In a busy life things can get missed. If a coach is planning your sessions then all you have to do is the training.
- Sometimes it is difficult to see the wood for the trees. Your coach can take a dispassionate view of the big picture while you are immersed in the moment.
- Preparing for triathlon isn’t just about the training. Nutrition and recovery play a big part too. A good coach works with the human first and athlete second, and will recognise when life events are impacting on your ability to train or recover.
- Your coach may have a huge network of contacts and experts who might be able to help you. More than you could find on your own.
- Experienced coaches bring the skill of problem solving. It’s likely that they have seen problems many times before, and have found solutions.
- Sometimes you lack confidence when there is no reason. A good coach will instil confidence when required, but also bring a touch of realism when required.
So my bottom line is this: There will always be self coached athletes who achieve good results, but there will be many more coached athletes who do the same. Which one do you want to be?