Coaching Philosophy

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Communication is Key
No relationship can thrive without ample communication. Ongoing communication and learning is the foundation for the success of the athlete-coach partnership. The coach must explain the what, when, how and why of various training and recovery modules and their relevance to the athlete’s development. The athlete needs to communicate experiences had in training and racing, physical and mental sensations, and any pertinent thoughts, questions and concerns with the coach. Only through understanding a given athlete inside and out will a coach be able to do the best job possible… With a thorough feel for where each athlete is coming from, we can work out the best approach to get where we want to be.

Specific to the Athlete and the Sport
Nate knows that for any athlete to achieve his/her greatest potential, training must be specific. Obviously, training has to be specific to athletic events and performance goals, but also to the athlete’s sporting background, life outside of training, personality and unique physiology. The uniqueness of each athlete should not be underestimated, and even with a given workout with a specific goal, two athletes will rarely do best to conduct that workout in the same manner. Nate will take this into account and prescribe workouts and rest more specifically and optimally as he gains an increasing understanding of your specific abilities and needs… General physiological principles apply to everyone, but no two athletes are the same, and Nate believes that the athlete’s training should reflect that fact.

Each athlete’s development is dynamic and your training should account for this. Nate has had the best success when his training has been both well thought-out and purposeful, but also highly flexible. Outside stress, work obligations, weather, or other factors may provide sufficient and necessary cause to alter a given training plan. Through adequate communication, we will find the most effective way to maximize the athlete’s potential through ongoing evaluation and modification of the athlete’s training load and recovery strategies.

The benefits of periodized training are widely recognized, but that doesn’t mean that an athlete should not be engaged in a multiplicity of intensities throughout the season. To maximize an athlete’s development and enjoyment of the sport, inclusion of multiple intensities throughout the training year is key. Nate will not recommend months of “base-training” in which the athlete is restricted from performing higher-intensity work. Rather, the proportions of various intensities, volume of training, inclusion of cross training, and amount of rest will vary, depending on the season, the athlete, and the athlete’s goals, but training should always be fun and variable.

In some regards, fun is among the most important and most overlooked part of an athlete’s relationship to his/her sport. Everyone should enjoy the sport in which they are engaged. If you don’t enjoy it, why do it? Of course, not every moment of every day will you necessarily enjoy your sport without reserve. Being an endurance athlete is challenging and requires a great deal of commitment and often sacrifice. But, at the end of the day, you should love what you do, and Nate is committed to making things as enjoyable as possible for his athletes.

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