Thanks Corey, I can’t remember what I ended up doing at that time. In general I’m prone to overtraining - basically I love digging down in the suffering pits of hell and happy to keep flogging myself for far longer that I should. Something I’ve had to learn the hard way. I’m getting better at identifying it, but it’ll probably always be a work in progress for me.
I have tried one of the custom Wahoo plans, however it wasn’t a good fit for me. I did provide a lot of detailed feedback to Rupert at the time, but to boil it down:
- Coach Spencer was great - really enjoyed interacting with him, and the calls with him were really useful / productive / helpful.
- The insights from how he tweaked my existing routines was useful.
- My issue was that there’s almost no feedback during the process. For example - you leave a bunch of notes on how the ride went / RPE / etc etc etc, but you don’t get any feedback on any of your activities, unless it’s in one of the scheduled video calls.
- Similarly the program is not setup to provide feedback to adhoc questions. “Hey I’ve got 9 Hammers scheduled tomorrow but I’m feeling a bit ordinary | totally awesome | whatever, how should I tweak my ride based upon this?”. Or - “I did Kitchen Sink today, pushed it really hard and am totally exhausted now” → what modifications should you make to your scheduled program in the following days, to respond to how you rode today?
These are structural issues with the program - it’s simply not designed for this type of interaction. I realise that there’s an option to purchase additional Zoom calls, but that gets really expensive really quickly.
So for the athlete - you need to work out what kind of Coaching experience you want - and make your decision based on that. I don’t regret trying it at all - it was a good experience, but it wasn’t the right fit for me.
I am currently working with a coach who works with the “High touch” model, and that’s been a really useful / helpful experience so far.
As for the question around goals? I have general goals around fitness / performance / speed; in addition there’s an event that I hope will run in Australia in early December (Drops & Hoods) - 270Km / 5000m road race. I’m OK with the distance & altitude, I’m hoping to get a good time in the race. So currently planning training around that event… assuming it’ll go ahead. If it doesn’t, then I’ll work out what the next event of similar difficulty is and adjust accordingly.
I will have a poke at the podcast, always happy to learn more. I’ve been getting a lot into learning about adaptations & physiology around endurance events, how do you target the desired adaptations etc.