Psst … over here … yeah you … are you looking for an Ironman coach?
Over the past several years I have gone from a woman who ran marathons as a hobby to a passionate age-group triathlete who loves to help others prepare for Ironman Triathlon. I am not a retired pro-triathlete with a closet full of trophies and medals. I’ve never worked in a bike store and I learned to change a tire on my bike with a lot of help from friends, coaches and you tube videos. I have been a coached athlete of some sort since I was about 12 years old. I hired my own triathlon coach to prepare for my first Ironman races. It was only when he retired from Ironman coaching that I stepped into getting my Ironman coaching certificates for triathlon. He and I are still friends and I still have my own coaches to help me prepare for my races. That’s right – I still race myself because I love it. I’m an Ironman coach and I hire coaches to help me get ready. It’s a wonderful thing.
I love endurance triathlon. I love reading about the sport. I love learning about new methods and new equipment. I love obsessing about nutrition for race day. Ironman Coaching is something I am passionate about.
But I’m also a real person. I have a family and all the obligations that go with that. I understand that one of the primary challenges that most age group Ironman triathletes face is finding the time and energy to fit all the training workouts into our lives because I do it myself.
What I offer for coaching is the following services.
Training Plans – I offer basic training plans that you can follow by yourself. There are a lot of those going around so this is reasonably priced. I am under no illusion that a training plan made by me is some mystical wonder that is worth hundreds of dollars. If you are shopping for training plans that are super expensive I would say it’s probably not worth it to spend a ton on a training plan because really there are a lot available. I am also happy to refer you to other plans that I know people use with great success. The plan I use is based on the plan developed by Ironman University. If you buy one of my plans I’m more than happy to answer questions about it while you are training. I deliver these plans as PDF files that you can print and stick to your refrigerator and follow. These are $9.99.
Remote or Virtual Ironman Coaching – I live in Miami so if you do not live in Miami I cannot coach you in person. So we work remotely. I give you a training schedule and you do the workouts yourself and we connect via Training Peaks, email, text messages or phone calls. This is $75/month.
In-Person coaching – I take a few local clients as in-person coaching clients. This is very similar to remote coaching but I am also happy to include you in my weekend workouts. This is a little more expensive than remote coaching. This is $100/month.
Consultations – Maybe you don’t need an ongoing coach but you bought a plan and you don’t understand it. That happens. Maybe you are just concerned about a particularly bad workout or not quite sure what to do about a bike fit that you paid a fortune for that isn’t working out at all. I am happy to sit with you and answer your questions about Ironman. I love to talk about Ironman Training. I am happy to tell you about races that I have done and the courses or whatever the situation may be. I do consultations over the phone or in person. This is done on a case by case basis.
Do you really need Ironman Coaching?
This is probably the worst sales pitch in the world but the answer is no, of course you don’t need Ironman Coaching. I mean honestly – at the end of the day the word “need” and “Ironman” should rarely be in the same sentence. Racing or participating in an Ironman event is something most of us choose to do for fun, as a challenge and life experience. Hiring an Ironman Coach is a choice that maybe is right for you and maybe not. I’ll try to help you figure that out. Statistically somewhere between 30-50% of Ironman athletes are using a coach. Which therefore means that 50-70% are not using a coach.
Here’s another statistic for you to consider. At any Ironman event somewhere between 10 and 30% of the people who register will not even start the race. They register – they pay – but something happens and they don’t start. Maybe they get injured during training, maybe they don’t train enough (I see a lot of both of these happen) and maybe life just gets in the way. Of the people who start the race about 7-10% will not finish. Sometimes if there is an extreme condition that number is a lot higher but that’s the base.
Ironman Coaching is a convenience. It’s something that you choose to do to increase the chances that you will train correctly and make it to the starting line healthy for the race. Then good coaching sets you up to have a great day on the course. Whether you are gunning for a specific time or just to smile all day and finish before the cut off coaching increases the chances that you will achieve that goal.
Your coach (me for example … because that’s what I do and that’s why you’re reading this page… because you are looking for a Ironman coaching) will give you a plan that has worked before. I use a plan that I myself have used to train for Ironman races. If you follow the plan that I give you it will prepare you to complete the course. I can say this because I’ve done it myself. It works. I will answer your questions about the workouts, about nutrition and we will make a race plan for you. I can’t actually make you do the workouts. One of the reasons coaching works is that I provide feedback and accountability so if you are skipping a lot of workouts I try to motivate you – but you have to do the work yourself, obviously. So to recap most of what I do is give you a plan of what to do and then follow up to see that you are doing it.
I love Ironman and Ironman training. I try to bring fun into my training. There are many coaches that are very tough and all about the toughness of Ironman. Ironman is tough but I also think it’s fun. I encourage my athletes to have fun while training and enjoy the ride. There are a lot of different ways to train for an Ironman race and I try to find the way that works for you and is the most fun.
How to hire me for Ironman coaching
Coaching can be a close relationship. We start with a phone call and a little survey where I get some basic information about you and you get to know me. Then I’m happy to give you a few weeks of workouts as a trial with no commitment.
So, go ahead – drop me an email at amysaysso at gmail dot com. (I have to spell it out of the spambots pick it up and I get flooded with emails from Nigerian princes).