Looking for a training plan that will provide structure to your training and fit around your life? Or do you want to work with a coach who will steer you towards a specific goal?
Coaching or training plans, what will work best for me? Let's start by comparing.
What is a training plan?
A training plan is a once off program individually designed for you by a coach. The plan is built for a specific duration and steers you towards your specific future goal, you are to follow it independently without providing input and or feedback.
Advantages of a training plan:
A training plan may be a good introduction to structured training for new cyclists.
It is more affordable than coach. Although your budget should not be the only determinant in deciding which is best for you, other factors to consider is the level of attention you require to achieve your goal.
If training within it guidelines, a plan may lead to improved consistency, recovery and results.
Training plans may suit cyclists who have worked with a coach before and are able to follow the strategy over a set period without any coaching guidance and feedback.
Disadvantages of a training plan:
Plans are set in stone and will have to be re-written if adjustments are needed.
There is no training analyses or monitoring so the plan cannot be adjusted over time to take into account different rate of training response.
Because there is no feedback and input, details that may have had a negative or positive impact on certain session are not recorded and noted for future reference.
A plan on its own may not be enough for -
More advanced cyclists.
Cyclists who need frequent input or guidance in order to build fitness progressively.
Cyclists facing obstacles and challenges in training such as illness and injury or obstacles and challenges in work and or life.
Cyclists wanting to build fitness more rapidly at a controlled rate,
Cyclists with specific goals or who are moving to the next level of competition.
What is coaching?
The process of coaching gives you the athlete an opportunity to work with a coach who is certified and a specialist in their sport, and who will be able to provide guidance, feedback and support to help ensure that the your targets is reached.
Advantages of working with a coaching:
Factors in your individuality.
Analyses and monitoring of the training process and response, and adjusts when needed to ensure progression.
Provides accountability so that you will stay on track.
Provide guidance and feedback.
It is excellent option for cyclists -
Needing frequent input or guidance in order to build fitness progressively.
Facing obstacles and challenges in training such as illness and injury or obstacles and challenges in work and or life.
Wanting to build fitness more rapidly at a controlled rate.
With specific goals.
Who are moving to the next level of competition and need to increase their training complexity.
What disadvantages of working with coaching could be:
A higher level of discipline and communication.
More costly than a training plan. Again your budget should not be the only determinant in deciding which is best for you; other factors to consider is the level of attention you require to achieve your goal.
Summing up the difference!
Enhance your knowledge
Builds a less formal relationship
Is much more formal with set rules
If you need some guidance, need assistance to prepare for an event, want to commit to weeks or months of training or have any questions then the easiest way to get in touch is by using the contact form or this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org