Too often, athletes who are looking for coaching and support are provided with a generic program and are expected to 'make it work' for them. They are left to their own devices to make the program accommodate their work schedule, their family commitments, their lifestyle, and their physiological needs.
More often than not, this is not the best approach for what the athlete really needs. This can create additional pressure week to week to try and fit everything in, to try and achieve the objective of each session, which can result in self doubt. When the questions start creeping in...'did I manage my program right?', 'was that the best possible prep I could have done for this race?', 'maybe I should have done things differently?'. Inevitably, these questions manifest in your performance, leaving you with results that you know you can improve upon.
At Team 360 Performance, we exist to eliminate this scenario. We custom design each program for each of our athletes because we understand that no two athletes are identical, and what works for one athlete may not work for another. We take a holistic approach to developing programs that are entirely unique to the athlete to help them reach their performance potential.
We'd like to introduce our Head Coach - Michelle Duffield (aka Mim). Mim brings over 15 years of experience in the sport, she has raced and stood on the podium at multiple world championship events as an age grouper, followed by international podiums during her career as a professional athlete.
Since retiring from full time racing in 2017, Mim has re-directed her passion and knowledge for the sport into her coaching. With her heart in long course racing, it shines through her coaching into the results of her athletes. Mim will be travelling to Kona this year with 4 of her Team 360 Performance athletes while working with others who prepare for the 70.3 IRONMAN World Championship. Her enthusiasm is infectious and coaching knowledge will prepare anyone to perform at their best.
For your fellow team mates, for your competitors, for the volunteers, for the officials, for your coach. When you are training and racing, you are representing yourself as an athlete, as a human being, and as a Team 360 Performance member. All Team 360 athletes are to show respect for others. Poor sportsmanship, or disrespecting others in the sport will not be tolerated.
Team 360 athletes are high achievers, it comes with the territory. As high achievers, it is important to be humble in successes. And on the flip side of that, not every race will be your best - and it's being gracious in defeat that says a lot about an athlete and who they are as a person. Together, we must accept full responsibility for your successes and your failures, and be accepting of whichever way it goes.
We are so fortunate to be healthy enough and wealthy enough to participate in this wonderful sport. We believe that we owe it to ourselves and for those who aren't as lucky as us to appreciate each session and each race for the opportunity it presents - even the ones that don't go our way. Approaching each race and each session with gratitude helps to keep perspective and context on the 'big picture' and how lucky we are in life. It's nothing to be taken for granted.
As coaches, we are committed to our athletes, to our professional development, and a continuous process of learning and study. We expect the same from our athletes. That they commit to the process, be prepared to read, learn, grow, follow their program and trust that come race day they will be ready to perform.
The coach / athlete relationship needs to be built on trust. The athlete needs to trust that the coach is acting in their best interest, and the coach needs to trust that the athlete is accurately following the program and instructions. The foundations of trust cannot be bought but must be earned, and will only work if both athlete and coach are prepared to trust each other and the process. We are prepared to invest in this process, and need our athletes to do the same.
All coaches and athletes are expected to act with integrity. They are who they say they are, and do what they say they'll do - no matter who is watching.
Take responsibility for your own actions. For your safety. For the safety of others. This includes maintenance of your equipment, particularly your bike. It is the athletes responsibility to know the race rules, to know the road rules, to know their obligations under their governing bodies Code of Conduct and World Anti-Doping Code. With this knowledge, comes the responsibility to abide by these rules and regulations that govern our sport and training environments.