Once you have a good idea on what you want and need, you can go out and look for a coach. Your answers can make your search much more targeted and allow you to filter intentionally. Here are a few options for starting your search:
- Join a triathlon club or cycling team. If you prefer in-person coaching, one easy way to get started is to join a local triathlon club or cycling team. You will likely have a coach who is guiding you through the sessions (plus people to train with). Especially if you are a beginner and do not have had much experience yet, this could be an easy first step.
- Ask your training partners or riding buddies. When you get together, ask them about who they are coached by, how they like it and what other coaches they know and would recommend or not recommend.Be aware that your training partners are providing you with a singular perspective and your coaching needs may be different than their needs.
- Search online training platforms. If you would like online coaching, you have wide variety of options available. If you are using an online training platform to record your workouts, see if they have a list of coaches who are using the platform. One such platform is Training Peaks that lists more than 1500 coaches at the moment and provides various tools such as questionnaires to match athletes and coaches.
- Scour social media. Online communities such as Facebook groups as well as different triathlon and cycling forums can be a great place to find other people’s recommendations. If you want to go straight to the source, you can look at personal websites, blogs, Instagram accounts etc. of different coaches to get a feel for how they coach. Chances are that if you like their online presence, you will also enjoy their coaching.
Finding the right coach for you can have a huge positive impact on your journey as an athlete and can make all the difference in the pursuit of your goals. Working with someone with experience and knowledge can take a huge load off your shoulders and allow you to focus on what you like to do the most. Hence, it is worth pouring some time and energy into the effort of finding a coach that is a good fit for you.