As a coach I have had to deal with a whole range of things for athletes. I thought I would share some of these and my thoughts on why I am prepared to help an athlete deal with them. Oh, most of these will not appear in any coaching manual. Here is my dream, my professional life ambition. My ambition is to take an athlete all the way to Olympic gold. Whilst doing it I want to get the absolute best out of all the athletes which cross my path on their triathlon journey... oh and I want them to enjoy, as part of a team, what they are doing in the process. I know that my number one goal is athlete dependent and I cannot control whether an athlete with that ambition or talent will cross my path, but, I will continue working as hard as I can to enable that opportunity to happen.
"Control the controllables. If you can not affect it, do not let it affect you." - Toni MinichielloIf I want to achieve that goal then I will become more than a coach to an athlete... and as I said most of these aren't in any coaching manuals.
- Bike Mechanic
- Marriage / relationship counsellor
- Driving instructor
- Maths teacher - thanks 100% to my teaching (erm... probably not) the athlete got 90% in the test
- Financial advisor
- Travel agent
- Pack horse
- Dealing with parents (not mine)
- Taxi driver
- Wedding planner