To put it short:
If you want to compete at a high level, then you will likely improve much faster under the guidance of a coach. A coach can help you not only with training, but equipment and strategy decisions.
I would recommend that you take on a local coach, especially at first to help sort out lots of things that a remote coach just can't do over the phone and via email.
The key to finding a good coach is to ask around and see who's name keeps coming up as a response. There will probably be lots of coaches that are willing to take you on, but a track-specific coach that has expertise in the kilo and/or pursuit disciplines will probably be best.
Originally Posted by gtrob
Roadies can run tempo all year as that's what humans were designed for. If you want to be a cheetah, lay around and lick your paws more.