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Coaching endurance athletes is an art, a science, and a craft.

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Professional triathlete Skye Moench runs in a purple triathlon race suit during a triathlon race in a city park.

13 // Coaching Elite Athletes

As pro athletes redefine the limits of performance, coaches are continually refining their strategy and leading a collaborative effort.

David and Megan Roche on a trail with their dog.

You Are Born for Coaching

The backstory of SWAP Running attests to the value of curiosity, naivety, and a good dose of grit. David and Megan Roche channeled their love for the sport into a coaching business with a reputation for winning.

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How to Analyze Running Form

Performing a gait analysis may be necessary to troubleshoot recurring injuries or improve run speed.

Joe Friel kneels at the edge of an indoor pool to talk with an athlete in the water

Are You Ready to Step Up to Coaching Pros?

Supporting performance at the highest level will cost you time and money. Coach Joe Friel shares a balanced approach to the high-stakes game of working with pro athletes.

A group of women triathletes runs into the water at the beginning of the swim leg of a triathlon.

12 // Coaching Female Athletes

Learn how to help female athletes reach their potential with the latest knowledge from a stellar cast of experts and coaches.

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With Is Greater Than Against

When female athletes are encouraged to work with their competitors—not against them—it raises everyone’s game, as Coach Lauren Vallee knows only too well.

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What Gets in the Way for Women

Body image, underfueling, negative self-talk, comparison—these are just some of the things that commonly prevent female athletes achieving their best, yet they don’t have to. One coach shares her way of turning this around.

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Coaching Resilience, Every Cycle

Lauren Vallee brings a unique perspective to an athlete’s menstrual cycle, viewing it as an opportunity for coach and athlete to build resilience every single month.

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Changing the Conversation from Weight Loss to Performance

The misconception that “lighter is better” has undermined endurance athletes of all genders, but a shocking number of female athletes have been emotionally and physiologically destroyed by weigh-ins and negative body talk. Coaches can learn how to best navigate conversations on this topic with these simple guidelines.