One of my pet hates in sport are those athletes that run around after trying something “New” ( That they were probably given at an expo ) for a week and claim its made a massive improvement for their performance.
One thing I have learnt over the years is that in order to benefit from something you need to give it time. When making a commitment to Theia I believe we agreed to give it 6 months. You need time to figure out the different approach but most importantly you need to form some type of trust. You wouldn’t hand over a scalpel to a friend and ask them to cut open your knee and scrape out the scar tissue. So why would you take advice from a friend on pushing your body to its maximum potential over a 12 week training block.
Although my first major race, after moving to Theia, is still two weeks away I feel it important that credit is given based on what Theia has done for me over the past 9 months. Race day is my problem but I’ve enough experience to know that I’m in great shape.
I do believe the trust was formed fairly quickly which meant I generally got on with the program. Certainly some highs and some lows but Theia was always able to find the positives. Working and building on the weak points while further strengthing the strong points. Always able to adjust to my own schedule with an overview of the final goal.
Her attention to detail, every little detail even questions around the time I’m waking up on race morning, have been so professional. I’d like to think she’s learnt a few things from the crazy world of triathlon too but if anyone is having second thoughts about using her as a coach I can’t recommend her highly enough. This goes for both the gents and ladies.
P.S. If you can afford it get a direct drive smart trainer! ( Unfortunately I wasn’t given one at an Expo! )