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

We offer this selection of coaching-related articles, videos, workshops, and guides to help coaches begin to explore the support available for coaches through Fast Talk Labs.

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How to Harness or Stoke Motivation

Coach Rob Griffiths describes the method he used to help an athlete shift her passion and motivation to make positive changes and avoid burnout.

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Understanding Motivation and How It Affects Performance

Motivation is key to the performance psychology puzzle, dependent on fundamental human needs. If those needs are not met, an athlete’s passion for sport and their self-esteem can suffer.

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What Is a Biopsychosocial Approach to Coaching?

We are products of our social, mental, and biological processes, but what does this mean for coaches and athletes? Andy Kirkland explains how to adjust training for better results.

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How Sport Psychology Can Unlock Athletic Potential

Sport psychology is proving to be just as important—if not more so—than physiology, but how do you incorporate it into your coaching for the benefit of you and your athletes?

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Troubleshooting Performance Plateaus

Joe Friel addresses the problems that athletes most commonly face en route to their goals: training plateaus, inconsistent training or lack of motivation, inadequate sleep, and prioritizing performance at the expense of health.

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Is Your Athlete Approaching Their Athletic Potential?

There’s a fine line separating performance and athletic potential. This case study illustrates the real consequences of overtraining and how training load can be better managed to avoid the high-stakes gamble altogether.

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Coach Joe Friel discusses race-day readiness on The Craft of Coaching

Race-Day Readiness

In this video, Joe Friel discusses how best to bring an athlete to form by striking the right balance between fitness and fatigue. It can be a fine line—and will be different for every athlete.

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How to Gain Wisdom in the Aftermath of Racing

Every coach will be involved in athletic performances that fall short of expectations, leaving both the coach and the athlete dissatisfied. What is the best way to handle these situations?

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Sports Psychology for Cyclists Pathway from Fast Talk Laboratories

Sport Psychology Pathway

All athletes reach a point where progress depends more on the skills they can build between their ears, more than the strength of their legs or lungs. The very best athletes are as strong mentally as they are physically. Grant Holicky, Dr. Stephen Cheung, Dr. Simon Marshall, Lesley Paterson, Julie Emmerman, and Julie Young help us explore these critical and often overlooked mental skills.