Use pressure to focus energy.”
~  Mark Allen

EVOLVING THE IDEAL

No matter what any triathlete, article or book tells you, there is no such thing as a "one size fits all" training program. Age, experience and life circumstances can make the “ideal” training program look very different year to year even for the same person! Of course a wise starting plan must be put in place. But from there, the signs along the road of training will tell you how that needs to be modified if it will ever evolve into the truly ideal training that gets you to your goals!

Setting the course is somewhat easy! Putting a season’s training program together was a skill I refined until it was second nature. What great coaching can do with that is make sure that the “ideal” does not override the “reality”. No one will ever be able to predict how life is going to influence and demand changes in your training until you start and see what happens.

Setting the course is somewhat easy! Putting a season’s training program together was a skill I refined until it was second nature. What great coaching can do with that is make sure that the “ideal” does not override the “reality”. No one will ever be able to predict how life is going to influence and demand changes in your training until you start and see what happens.

I needed a coach to be the voice of reason and take what I was feeling and modify the strategy based on that. When you can do that, the original base program turns into a dynamic ever-evolving high-performance training program that indeed becomes ideal!

I became an experiment of one in the trial and error method of becoming world class. I tried everything sensible and certainly a few things that were fairly insane. If something worked, I kept it in my program. If it didn’t make me stronger and faster I dropped it. In the end I developed what proved to be extremely effective ways to reach new heights year after year.

In my career I won the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii six times, I was the champion of the very first Olympic Distance World Championship in Avignon, I was victorious in the Nice International Triathlon all ten times I raced it, I won 20 straight races over a three year period from 1988-1990, and was named The Greatest Endurance Athlete of All Time by EPSN. There have been huge gains in technology since the early years of triathlons to help athletes measure and quantify a lot of elements of getting fit and racing fast that I had to be figure out by simply tuning into my body. But every piece of the core training wisdom that I used is still the same. To help athletes measure and quantify a lot of elements of getting fit and racing fast that I had to

be figure out by simply tuning into my body, but every piece of the core training wisdom that I used is still the same. Our genetics have not changed a whole lot since 1982! Those basic workout necessities can seem repetitive. They can look fairly simple on the surface, but it’s an art form to bring out the upper limits of what you are capable of. And that can only be learned over an entire career if you are trying to figure it out on your own, or of course in much less time if someone shows you how!

People sometimes say that after all these years I may have lost touch with “modern training methods.” My answer is always the same, ” “If I’ve lost touch then why, in 26 years has no one run a faster marathon at the Ironman in Hawaii than I did in 1989 when I posted a run split of 2:40:04?”

A coach can help you evolve your training to be ideal by:

  1. Helping you adapt your training as you both see how you are responding to it.
  2. Being the voice of reason and experience if life’s demands require any significant modifications to your training.
  3. Because I enjoy helping others unravel the intricacies in theirphysical and mental preparation that can take their experience in triathlons from good to great to life changing.
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A coach can help you evolve your training to be ideal by:
  1. Helping you adapt your training as you both see how you are responding to it.

  2. Keeping your focus and commitment intact through candid interaction and the trust that builds over time.

If you have any questions on the direction you want to go this season, feel free to email us at support@markallencoaching.com> and we will take a look at what you are considering and give our thoughts.