Join Date: Apr 2005
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I'm not a great fan of structure either; however, the older I get, the more I realise that this is a weakness. I really respect other people for not wanting structure though -- it can rob a lot of the pleasure from an activity. I've started to realise my pattern: I get engaged with something quite deeply until the point when I realise I'm going to need to focus on technique, on the science of the activity, to get better. Then I usually drop it. So what I've done this time, as a kind of compromise, is rather than get a coach, I've hired someone to write me a programme. This way I have some liberty to alter it. The base structure is there, though. I'm really enjoying having some structure actually; otherwise, I tend to go out and do a lot of miles at about 70-80% which really is a large waste of time.
Another thing to think about when getting a coach is philosophy. Even the most hasty survey of coaches will tell you that cycling coaching is not a science. It can be a rather intimate relationship (if you opt for that) and you do want to find someone who shares your basic approach to the sport; or, who is sensitive enough to be able to modulate their approach to suit different clients.