RTB offers 2 coaching options - Personal Coaching and Team Coaching.
Click here to learn about RTB's Personal Coaching.
Endurance Nation joined the RTB family as a Team coaching partner in January on 2015. EN seeks to educate athletes on how to execute triathlons through their online yet personable 'team coaching' method. Athletes using the services and resources of Endurance Nation join hundreds of athletes across the country - many of which are members of their own local triathlon teams.
Athletes using EN for coaching will find a vast library of resources on their website. Articles, Videos, & Podcasts compliment a huge array of training plans written for every distance. Coaches Patrick McGrann and Rich Strauss personally welcome athletes, learn their goals, and set them up with a Season RoadMap - which is a combination of pre-written plans chosen for that particular athlete's needs. Then it's up to the athlete to use the available resources and tweak the plan to suit them with the collaboration of other EN athletes - many of which have been training using EN for years and have become valuable sources of information.
Team-Coaching with EN requires some work on the part of the athlete. Coach Patrick McGrann explains it's not a system that works for everyone. Athletes that are new to triathlon or racing at a new distance, or want a specific plan written especially for them will likely be better candidates for Personal Coaching.
But if you're the type of person that likes learning, enjoys the hunt for information, collaborating with others on a similar path - then we suggest signing up for the free 30-day trial that RTB members have as a benefit of membership. (The regular free-trial period for the public is 7-days).
To learn more about the partnership between Endurance Nation and RTB, click Here
Because of the rapidly growing amount of resources and science behind preparing for a triathlon, more and more athletes are asking specific, complicated questions. How can we take all these theories and training variables and apply them to ourselves? What's the right amount of time to train? How hard should I be going? What about rest? How in the world do I use my brand new power meter?
To help athletes get those questions answered and on their way to many successful finish lines, we have two coaching options at Raise the Bar: Team Coaching by Endurance Nation and Individualized Coaching. This article will highlight Individualized Coaching.
Our Individualized Coaching program has grown, not only in athletes using the service but also in the number of coaches available. We would like to welcome Jenn Edwards and Julie Strong to our coaching staff. Jenn and Julie are great leaders in our triathlon community. Not only have they found success with their hard work out on the triathlon courses but they have become 'go to' people within the triathlon community for information and advice. We are super excited to have them join coaches Alissa Anderson, Josh Adams and Kathy Morrisson.
Our Individualized Coaching program has 3 basic options.
Personalized Monthly Coaching allows you to work with a coach on a daily basis through Training Peaks, email and texts. Workouts are designed based on the athletes improvements and time constraints.
A Custom Training Plan is a training plan written for the athlete based on where they currently are and where they want to end up. The plan is 3 months in length (with option to extend) and is based on the athletes schedule.
The last option is Consults. These are short meetings (60 minutes) with a coach to help with nutrition, plan ideas, motivation, race execution etc...
Thank you so much for joining in on the fun at RTB’s run clinic by Coach Alissa Anderson! Everyone did a fabulous job PRACTICING what you learned. Keep practicing!
The presentation notes are posted on this blog for you to refer to. Alissa would like to point out that she's given links to videos of each of the strength and stretching exercises that are listed. Please take advantage of those and really pay attention to the form being modeled. Then PRACTICE those strength exercises and stretches often. Mastering them will make a big positive impact on your running.
Alissa also listed all of the dynamic warm up exercises and drills that we went over. There are no links to videos, but feel free to shoot her an email if you have questions. Remember POSTURE is KEY when you are doing those warm ups and drills, and while you’re running! Take the time to slow down and do the exercises right. Like she said, her favorite quick warm up is to do the 4 way lung matrix (plus throw in the soldier walk or hamstring backwards walk). Be very careful to keep your knee in line with your foot when you lunge and to not let the knee go forward of your toes. Also, keep the heel of the working leg on the ground and push through the heel as you stand up.
Lastly, Alissa points out that all of the running cues we went over are listed in the presentation. Pick a few cues that really work for you and try to bring your mind back to them throughout your runs. It’s mentally tiring to constantly think about form, so just pick some sections of your run to really focus on it. And always keep in mind that the best PLACEMENT for your foot strike is under your center of mass.
Special Note from Alissa: I really enjoyed working with all of you. What a fun group!
If you need more individualized help with running form, feel free to contact Kathy@weraisethebar.com and she can arrange a coaching consultation for you with one of RTB’s coaches.
When I got the call from Kathy inquiring about my interest in writing a "Why I Tri" story, I was excited to share. We all love to talk about ourselves, so I said "yes". Then the weight of that request started to bear down on me. I felt empty of knowledge and advise, humbled by the thought of making one's story relevant to others.
So, buckle up, Buttercup. This is my story on "Why I Tri":
As you read my story, I will actually be in Arizona doing my tenth 140.6 triathlon saying this is not meant to be a boastful statement but to let you know how far I have come.
I was born in .... hmmm.. not relevant. Okay, when I did start