MelRad Coaching Resume as a short story.
As a self coached athlete, I learned early on how to plan training to be ready for a specific event. Coaching yourself is not unlike coaching a spouse or partner though – certainly it shows you can get success but spending 24/7 with someone is an easy way to keep tabs on somebody! 🙂
MelRad Multisport has produced champions. I have coached a male athlete to an ITU Multisport World Championship title and the podium at XTERRA Maui in M 30-34, coached a F40-49 to an XTERRA Canada victory and a trip to Maui her first year of mountain biking, coached a M45-49 to multiple age group IM 70.3 wins and IM World Championships, coached a F45-49 to her first podium ever in her life, and have helped athletes find personal bests across all disciplines of triathlon, cycling and mountain biking. This is not a complete list but more to illustrate I coach athletes of a variety of ages, disciplines and experience and all of their goals are meaningful and exciting to me.
I’ve seen what does and does not work.
It doesn’t matter if a coach actually was a pro, or even a good athlete. However, it matters what that coach knows, how many years of experience, how well he/she communicates, and whether the coach is curious to know more. I have over 20 years in PROFESSIONAL endurance sport. Over the years I have seen a number of training FADS come and go and have seen the fundamental principles that stand the test of time. There is a lot of misinformation available on the internet. There is no magic workout and there is no revolutionary training system.
Certification is not the same as experience. A weekend course is not the same as years of coaching.
Professional athletes are immersed in sport. They work with the top coaches, therapists, psychologists and interact with the best athletes in the world. This experience is invaluable.
I was lucky to learn from the best ITU, Ironman, UCI and development coaches. This wealth of experience has shaped my approach to triathlon coaching which is my own. I have my own philosophy and approach which is an amalgamation of the knowledge I took from years of mountain biking, road cycling and triathlon racing. Training science is universal and sports are specific. Training for so many different sports has shaped my understanding of how general preparation leads to specific fitness for any sport.
My influences are coaches like Houshang Amiri, Cliff English, Joel Filliol, and Joe Friel’s (just his book). In 2020, I was fortunate to complete the Altis Apprentice Coach Program and be immersed in an elite running training environment. Learning from world class coaches Stu McMillan, Dan Pfaff, and Kevin Tyler (and others) about running mechanics and programming was invaluable to my coaching development. This is not an exhaustive list of coaches I admire and try to learn from. We are fortunate to be able to learn from coaches that share their knowledge on podcasts so many new coaches are added all the time.
I’ve been coaching since 2004.
I have certification.
I’ve completed NCCP Level One cycling and Level 2 triathlon coaching through Triathlon BC. I also have PMBIA Level One certification – Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association. This is the gold standard of skills based mountain bike coaching and I completed this certification in 2018.
I’m a science nerd and a data geek.
I’m a lifetime student of sport. My degree (chemisty and biochemistry) taught me to think analytically. My career is entirely documented as a gigantic science experiment on how to optimize performance over time towards shifting goals. I have complete training logs and physiology from the late 1990s. Using a record of everything I’ve done since training with the National Cycling team, I taught myself how to train myself and others to optimize potential.
When I started in XTERRA there were NO COACHES that understood the sport. Learning how to train (coming from cycling) was an invaluable experience. Taking what was relevant from great ITU coaches, it took two years in triathlon before I started finishing first or second in nearly every race for a decade (before turning my attention full time to Ironman). Self coaching was only successful because I could access advice, mentorship, and education from amazing coaches. Every coach has learned from someone. I believe I understand how to train for offroad triathlon as well as any coach in the sport but I gained that knowledge by actively pursuing the knowledge from others.
In 2012 I decided to learn everything I could about IRONMAN, to ensure I could serve any triathlete who turned to me for advice. I asked many coaches about their philosophy, tried a variety of approaches, and along the way learned for myself what it is like to come back from a devastating injury. This type of experience is worth more than any coaching course could possibly offer. There is a lot of mental coaching required for athletes going through this and that experience is priceless.
Keeping the process fun is my primary mandate.
The MelRad Racing Squad has fun working hard towards their goals. All of this training is supposed to be fun after all.