Roundtable: On Coaching Beginner Athletes Versus Veteran Athletes

Cycling coaches Melanie McQuaid, Grant Holicky, and Ryan Kohler discuss the differences, similarities, nuances, and challenges of coaching beginner athletes versus veteran amateurs. 

Cycling Coach Ryan Kohler Fast Talk Podcast

In today’s episode, we’ve assembled a fantastic group of coaches to discuss the differences, similarities, nuances, and challenges of coaching beginner athletes versus veteran amateurs.

 This episode is filled with myriad topics, all related to the coach-athlete relationship. And it starts by defining some terms. What constitutes a beginner, and a veteran? Can you be a beginner if you’ve ridden for 10 years but don’t know much about how to train? We’ll discuss.

 What should beginners focus on most? What should veterans focus on most? How does a good coach most effectively work to identify each athlete’s needs?

 How can an athlete get the most out of working with a coach, and how does that differ if you’re a beginner or a veteran? These questions and so many more, today on Fast Talk.

Our guest coaches today include Grant Holicky, someone you’ve heard many times before on Fast Talk; pro Ironman triathlete and XTERRA world champion turned coach, Melanie McQuaid, who appeared in episode 99; and Ryan Kohler.

Ryan is the former manager of the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center and—exciting news here—the new Head Coach here at Fast Labs. With Ryan on board, we have exciting things coming, so don’t miss it – get our email newsletter by signing up at www.fastlabs.com. You’ll be first to know what Coach Kohler is up to.

Now, get ready to roundtable!

Let’s make you fast.

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