When I decided to start coaching individuals back in 2013 I had no idea whether anyone would trust me with their training and racing. I was excited when I got my first client and was able to dive into the inner workings of someone elses lifestyle, training history, and goals. As more and more people began to reach out to me it became a process of organization; staying on top of everyone's schedule and finding the right platform to collaborate with them.
When I taught high school, my goal at the start of any year was to present myself to the class as a resource that could help guide them to the right anwer, but not necessarily be all knowing. I firmly believed that this approach empowered my students to believe they were an intricate part in the process, and taught them to be curious and search for answers. Afterall, the process is often the part of any journey that becomes ingrained in your mind. The more you are a part of it and learn by doing the more knowledge you retain. This philosophy carried over to my coaching approach as well.
One thing I tell everyone of my clients before we begin their journey is that when I write a schedule for them it is not set in stone. I welcome collaboration on their part. Variables outside of the plan itself can and will come up, so details only a client may know become important in the planning process.
Since it is hard to put a perfect picuture on a process like this I want to take you behind the curtain, so to speak, on some of the inner workings of the coaching/client collaborative relationship.
This idea first came to my mind a few months ago when I spoke with good friend Daniel Weston. We had scheduled an hourly consult to go over a few training approaches and methodology.
I met Daniel at the Gobi 100k in China last Fall and he immediately reminded me of some of the most enjoyable students I had ever taught. He has a very unique thirst for knowledge and is definitley not afraid to ask why and do deep dives into the information available to him. He maintains an open mind and is one of the least dogmatic people I have ever met, so I knew before we even got on the phone that it would be a fun conversation.
Not too long after our consult call Daniel reached out to me again about potentially hiriing me to coach him for some upcoming races. The idea of coaching Daniel offered plenty of excitement on its own, but I thought how cool it would be to dive deep into the process and document the it along the way.
Daniel graciously has given me the green light to document the inner workings of his training as he prepares for a 100 kilometer race this Summer.