How much time are you investing in your training? Eight hours of training for 50 weeks ends up at 400 hours each year. That's 16.6 days... are you wasting a percentage of that time on bad training? Even if you're wasting 30% of those training hours on junk workouts, are you OK with that? That's almost 5 days wasted each year! If you're concerned, continue reading...
Three points to life saving
1) life requires time
2) time wasted is life wasted
3) saving time = saving your life
Q: How could I be wasting time with my workouts? They're all pretty hard and I feel worked!
A: Intensity is the key here - are you training at the right intensities at the right time? Effective training means that you're acknowledging that fact that your body requires hard days, easy days, a lot of low intensity volume at specified times, short intervals, long intervals, etc. It's like making a pie. Tweaking the recipe a little can destroy your dessert.
Q: How is using a coach any different than using a training plan found in a book or online?
A: A good coach knows how to interpret workout feedback and data and ALSO knows how to take that information and plot the best course to your goals. Training plans don't adjust for bad days, tired legs, hard day at the office, family stress, etc...all of which affect your ability to perform. Managing all of those variables and getting you to the start line feeling strong, fresh, excited and ready to execute on race day is a tricky balancing act. No one without a functioning crystal ball can pre-plan and take all of those variables into account, rendering all pre-made plans unsuitable for anyone who's serious.
Q: Is it best to use a coach who gives you a weekly plan? My current coach provides one month at a time.
A: One month at a time may as well be some random plan online. It doesn't take into account variables and is unsuitable in my mind. An effective coach will adjust daily if necessary. Who wants to attempt hill repeats if your legs are tired and sore? Not a good idea. It possibly could cost more but it all depends on what you're after.
Use a coach who has a vision of what you will become!
An effective coach not only practices visualization with their athletes, they also use it themselves. I visualize daily how I want each athlete to look, feel, perform, and race. If a coach doesn't have that vision, how do they know what to create? This is where artistry comes into the coaching profession. Science with an artists touch.
Don't waste time. Make the most out of each minute spent training.