Mark Allen
Mark Allen

who needs a coach?

Without bragging, the total amount of training I did in my career was the equivalent of circling the globe nine times! More than 220,000 miles were logged. That’s around 22,000 hours of training, over twice what experts say you need to master your craft! And with that amount of time I tried just about every combination of blending swimming, cycling and running, speed work and base training, rest and tapering. There are three reasons I could have used a coach, and the same three apply today.

Mark Allen
Perspective

the second opinion

The person with the least objective view on where your triathlon fitness is at and how much progress you are actually making is always you. How many times have you felt like you needed to do more training when in reality you needed someone to be there to help you rein it in? How many times have you changed the course of your schedule because someone else was doing something different...

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The Matrix

lots of moving parts

Unless you're a full time professional, or a member of a National Team, you have a life that probably includes at least forty-hours a week at work, additional family commitments before and after that, and a whole list of priorities that are not about training. And even though having a great experience in the sport can be a priority, many triathletes train in ways that hinder the chance of success...

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Trial By Error

the trials of errors

No matter what any triathlete, article or book tells you there is no such thing as a "one size fits all" training program. Some athletes respond well to short, intense workouts, some to longer slower work, and all possible combinations of both. Since we all started in the same place, our first triathlon. All of us learn (or not) by trial and error Without bragging the combined experience...

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