- Do I need a power meter to begin coaching?
- The internet has a ton of free info on training. Why would I need a personal cycling coach?
- Why don’t you offer different levels of coaching or prebuilt training plans?
- I’ve seen cycling coaches charge $50 to $500 dollars a month. What’s with the huge price range?
- How can online cycling coaching be effective?
- Do you offer discounts?
- Why don’t you use “X” software in your coaching?
- Do you offer bike fitting?
- Do you have a brick and mortar location?
- Are you willing to coach an athlete in a different country?
- Why the name “Data Driven Athlete” for your coaching business?
- Science, data, sheesh…I’m bored already…isn’t athletic performance more than numbers?
Do I need a power meter to begin coaching?
Nope, but they’re really awesome and will make training a lot more fun.
The internet has a ton of free into on training. Why would I need a personal cycling coach?
Good question, it may be that paying for professional cycling coaching doesn’t make the most sense for you. The honest answer is that what cycling coaches used to do with prefab/generalized training plans can now be done cheaper with arguably better quality by a variety of mainstream training apps.
If all you’re wanting is a solid training prescription then our advice is to not go the route of coaching and instead get an app subscription. Save your money, take your wife and kids out to dinner, and sign up for a few more great riding events.
Having said all that, If you’re looking to maximize your available training time while digging deeper into the science and art of training, coaching is the only route to go.
Here are some of the things we provide that are unique to a personal coaching relationship:
- An objective perspective on your training and racing
- Highly detailed and individualized training plans for your specific goals and objectives
- An in-depth understanding of different training methodologies and the underlying science behind athletic performance. We love sharing everything we’ve learned with our athletes.
- Access to the most current research in the field of exercise physiology and sports nutrition, coupled with an ability to distill this information into new and innovative training strategies.
- Insight and experience to effectively manage setbacks in training including injury, illness, lack of motivation, or unexpected life commitments
Why don’t you offer different levels of coaching or prebuilt training plans?
In the past we’ve offered different tiers of coaching as well as prebuilt training plans. Starting in 2018 we decided to stop offering these services for a few simple reasons.
We found that 80-90% of our athletes on lower levels of coaching were not achieving their goals. There are several factors we think contribute to this reality but one fact is certain. Coaching packages that restrict contact and flexibility do not allow us to coach in the way we know gives you the best chance to meet your goals.
In short, we would rather lose your business and refer you to another coach, than sell you a restricted level of coaching we know is unlikely to support your goals. If you’re looking for a more basic level of coaching we’ll be happy to refer you to another great coach. If you’re looking for full-service coaching we’re confident what we offer is among the best cycling coaching anywhere.
I’ve seen cycling coaches charge $50 to $500 dollars a month. What’s with the huge price range?
Coaching is generally priced on two factors:
- Experience/educational background of the coach
- Contact/individualization for the athlete
These two factors are the biggest contributors to what you can expect to pay for cycling coaching. The first thing we would suggest is to thoroughly research the coach you’re interested in. Examine their professional qualifications, take a look at their educational background, and talk to former and current clients.
After you’ve done some research, compare different coaches and what they offer. Email, call, ask specific questions. If you follow this approach you should end up with a coach that best meets your needs and gives you a great chance to reach your potential as an athlete.
How can online cycling coaching be effective?
Fitness technology has completely changed what is possible from a coach/athlete relationship. All of our athletes log into a personal account and upload each ride and race file into a personal calendar that also serves as a training log. Through this same system, daily workouts are delivered which are viewable online and across all mobile platforms. As coaches, we are able to view each ride/race and offer feedback and direction no matter where an athlete is in the world.
While it is a luxury to be in Sacramento or San Francisco area, it is certainly not a requirement for maintaining an effective coaching relationship. If you are in an area where you are unable to hire a local cycling coach, online coaching might be a great option for you. In short, you’re not going to miss a beat with online coaching.
Do you offer discounts?
We offer a 10% discount for prepayment of 12 months, and a 5% discount for 6 months. If you choose to prepay (for 6 or 12 months) at any time in the first two months of month to month coaching, we will retroactively apply your prepay discount to your first months of coaching.
Why don’t you use “X” software in your coaching?
We are constantly researching the best software options to use in our coaching. We are frequently pitched with new software options promising all types of bells/whistles/new technological innovations and always enjoy checking out what is new to the market.
For the last decade we’ve stuck with TrainingPeaks because we feel they remain the best option out there for managing a robust coach-athlete relationship. We’re not simply familiar with TrainingPeaks, we are experts in utilizing its functionality to maximize your potential as an athlete.
Do you offer bike fitting?
No we don’t. We focus singularly on the one area we know best, coaching. We have too much respect for skilled bike fitters to try and pass ourselves off as experts in a separate discipline.
Do you have a brick and mortar location?
No we don’t. For one primary reason.
In order to make a brick and mortar location financially viable, you have to be a salesman. Special packages, upgrades, supplements, apparel, insoles, bike parts, training aids, the list goes on and on.
The “upsell” might be key to making a brick and mortar location stick, but we think constantly being in “sales mode” is poisonous to the coach-athlete relationship. We don’t want to be salesmen, we want to be coaches. We will never upsell an athlete on anything, ever.
Working remotely (with less overhead) offers us the flexibility to focus 100% on supporting you as an athlete, that’s what we’re most passionate about. In the meantime, we love getting together with our athletes in the real world; grabbing coffee, going for a ride, or hanging out after a race.
Are you willing to coach athletes in a different country?
Absolutely. Fitness technology makes this simple.
Why the name “Data Driven Athlete” for your coaching business?
As a general rule of thumb, We believe athletes who use data and science as the foundation of their training will be afforded the greatest probability of success. Being a “Data Driven Athlete” is simply the process of listening and responding to data and science. To read more about the philosophy behind Data Driven Athlete please click here.
Science, data, sheesh…I’m bored already…isn’t athletic performance more than numbers?
No, it’s all about numbers. OK, kidding aside, numbers are a great place to start a conversation on training. They also provide an objective means to plan and track your progress.