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UNIQUE APPROACH TO TRIATHLON COACHING

Matt Sheeks – Seattle Triathlon Coach Training Philosophy

 

The foundational principle which unites all endurance sports, discovered by Arthur Lydiard of New Zealand, is that humans naturally lack endurance, but with intelligent training improvements in endurance can be exponential.  I truly believe that all endurance athletes can compete at a level beyond their perceived physical limits – everyone can compete “beyond themselves”.  When I was a junior in high school, I could run just 1 mile in 4:40.  At this time, I never thought I could run this pace for much over a mile.  However, just six years later I was able to run this distance for 6.2 miles, for a final 10,000m time of 29:14.  This represents a 600% improvement in endurance!  These are the types of improvement that should be commonplace and expected, yet unfortunately most endurance athletes never see these types of improvements because they don’t know how to develop their aerobic system to its maximum; in addition, they are often haphazard in periodizing their training schedules.

 

Coaching greats such as Arthur Lydiard, Phillip Maffetone, and Joe Friel are all in agreement that aerobic development is king, yet so much valuable knowledge is diluted or completely lost when individuals try to put together their own training plan based on information they have received from internet forums, magazine articles, and even the well-meaning advice of training buddies. Even scientific research is often biased, usually favoring very high intensity training regimens which have success in the short term (6-8 weeks) which happens to be the same length as most of the studies.  Yet these same high intensity, short duration training protocols are the same plans that stunt the long-term development of many an endurance athlete and thieve the fun out of otherwise highly enjoyable activities.

 

Intelligent training addresses at least 6 elements – (1) base training, (2) lactate threshold, (3) interval training, (4) strength training, (5) speed skill training, and (6) mechanics – at the right time, in the right order, and in the right amount, to optimize potential.

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Click on the Drop-Down Tabs to Learn More About Each Element

BASE TRAINING

Develops and ensures that overall strength can be used for propulsion in one\’s respective sport(s).
Increases the body’s ability to burn fat as a fuel source.
Increases mitochondrial density.
Expands and even creates capillary beds.
Improves Heart Stroke Volume.

LACTATE THRESHOLD

Increases the length of time in which an athlete can maintain an intensity at or close to lactate turnpoint.

INTERVAL TRAINING

Allows the body to recruit a larger muscle mass during exercise through neurological adaptations and increases in VO2 max.

SPORT SPECIFIC STRENGTH

Develops and ensures that overall strength can be used for propulsion in one’s respective sport(s).

SPEED SKILLS

Improves economy, even over long distances.
Useful for short bursts potentially needed in endurance events.

MECHANICS (FIT/FORM)

Ensures the body uses prime movers to propel the athlete.
Increases aerodynamics and hydrodynamics to the athletes advantage.

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Elite Coaching

A full triathlon training program including down to the minute instructions, weekly updates, and monthly personal coaching sessions.

1. Initial Athlete Assessment – training and injury history, goals, race schedule, and time constraints are discussed

2. Annual Training Plan – establish a training plan based on Athlete Assessment .

3. Ramp Test – Training Zones are established through torture test on treadmill or stationary bike trainer.

4. Weekly Training Program – each week training plan is detailed down to the minute and delivered on-line.

5. Training Log Assessment – each week your training is reviewed and adjustments are made to future training.

6. Weekly Call – atthe beginning of the week we discuss how training is going which informs the next week’s training.

7. Monthly Coaching Session – An  in-person swim, bike, run or strength session is conducted where we can test your fitness, run you through a workout, examine your mechanics, or show you new training techniques.  If schedules line up I may be able to support you on race day.

Advanced Coaching

A full correspondence triathlon coaching package designed for those who don’t need or cannot take advantage of in-person coaching.  Includes:

1. Initial Athlete Assessment – training and injury history, goals, race schedule, and time constraints are discussed.

2. Annual Training Plan – establish a training plan based on Athlete Assessment which usually culminates in one or more high priority events.

3. Ramp Test – training zones are established through a torture test on the treadmill or stationary bike trainer.

4. Weekly Training Program – each week training plan is detailed down to the minute and delivered on-line.

5. Training Log Assessment – each week your training is reviewed and adjustments are made to future training.

6. Weekly Call – at the beginning of the week we discuss how training is going which informs the next week’s training plan.

Single Sport Coaching

Full running or cycling specific program, includes:

1. Initial Athlete Assessment – training and injury history, goals, race schedule, and time constraints are discussed

2. Annual Training Plan – establish a training plan based on Athlete Assessment .

3. Ramp Test – Training Zones are established through torture test on treadmill or stationary bike trainer.

4. Weekly Training Program – each week training plan is detailed down to the minute and delivered on-line.

5. Training Log Assessment – each week your training is reviewed and adjustments are made to future training.

6. Weekly Call – at the beginning of the week we discuss how training is going which informs the next week’s training.

7. Monthly Coaching Session – A monthly in-person session is conducted where we can test your fitness, run you through a workout, examine your mechanics, or show you new training techniques.

Single Sport Online

Essentially the same as Single Sport Coaching, without the monthly in-person coaching session.  Includes:

1. Initial Athlete Assessment – training and injury history, goals, race schedule, and time constraints are discussed

2. Annual Training Plan – establish a training plan based on Athlete Assessment .

3. Ramp Test – Training Zones are established through torture test on treadmill or stationary bike trainer.

4. Weekly Training Program – each week training plan is detailed down to the minute and delivered on-line.

5. Training Log Assessment – each week your training is reviewed and adjustments are made to future training.

6. Weekly Call – at the beginning of the week we discuss how training is going which informs the next week’s training.

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