I would like to switch my cycling coach.
The one I currently have is not bad, but he seems to lack the coaching experience and to really help me reach the level of racing I want to be at for the 2008 season. It seems that my coach does not take coaching seriously enough, and he is a little unreliable. I have some people that my teammate is helping me get into contact with, however I don't know how I can really tell my coach that I am switching to someone else.
I mean, I have definitely had a good season with a few wins and a couple podiums and top 5 placings in new england junior races. It's not as if my coach hasn't played a role in my success, it is just that I feel he has not trained me hard enough- I definitely could have done better in my late season.
For training, he always gave me short sprint workouts or intervals that really did not help me develop power over longer periods of time. A teammate and ex-pro told me that If I do not stop working with this coach immediately, I will never be competitive on a national level...which is really where I'd like to be next season.
So.... the question is: How can I break it to my coach that I want to switch to someone who takes cycling a little more seriously and is experienced coaching at the national level? I definitely want to be firm, but not offensive as he is a local guy who I will still see occasionally. What do you guys think?