Naperville, IL , United States
I love working with athletes of both ends of the spectrum -- "newbies" to those who are very advanced/extreme. The key qualities that I appreciate in athletes are those of inquisitiveness, and the ability to make self-corrections with guidance and instruction. I have a firm belief that there are many opportunities for growth lying within us all--the trick is having someone help an athlete FIND those opportunities. I work with triathletes of all distances: sprint, Oly, 70.3 and 140.6.
I am a USAT Level 1 and USAC Level 3 coach, along with being a Licensed Massage Therapist. I came into the sport of triathlon later in life, so have had to "work" for all of my disciplines, with a huge focus on FORM ECONOMY, along with mental skills. The concept of awareness to HOW we swim, bike, or run, is a big part of my coaching -- the more an athlete understands their biomechanics and the more they "own" their movements, the further they can grow themselves and extend their ability.
Mental skills training is another big piece of my coaching. I come from a background of classical piano performance, which honed mental skills tremendously. One must SEE something happening, to truly have it happen with purpose. The process of getting to a goal is much more predictable and enjoyable, when one can own the steps along the way, choosing to take those steps. This concept flows through workouts, to races and events themselves.
Our body awareness -- i.e. how are muscles are "moving" and "contracting" is another piece to how I love to coach. The greater our awareness, the greater our ability to make subtle changes to our swim stroke, pedal stroke, or run gait...which in turn allows us to capitalize on everything we have available to us. I've personally experienced and worked through numerous injuries coupled with physical therapy to give extra insight to this.
As a massage therapist, I am also keenly aware of muscle patterns, and how to teach/correct/enhance those.