|Do I need you?|
I have been wrestling with the possibility of adding a coach this year. I have read several blogs from fellow athletes who are singing their coaches praises and having a very successful training season . Here's one. I have not had a coach since high school. Back in 1984, there were only a handful of girls on the track team. We were given the same exact coaching as the boys. We even shared the same coach. Mr. Schnell expected a lot out of me, and pushed me just as hard as the boys. He made me throw the boys shot put and the boys discus in practice. When I lifted the girls shot put and discus in competition to throw, I understood immediately. He also had the girls run with the boys. Even back then, I like beating the boys.
From talking to others who have coaches, I wonder if it would be beneficial for me. I have heard both good and bad stories. I have a lot of motivation, a lot of internal drive, I am a self-starter, I can push myself, I am goal oriented, etc... You get the idea. I am self-taught, have done my own research, stalked how other athletes train, asked questions of elite folks, etc.. I have been "building my beast", solo style, for the last four years. I wonder what a coach could add to this.
Do you have a coach? A same-sex coach? What do they do for you, that you can't do for yourself? Is it worth the money? What does it cost? Do they push you? Do they write out your weekly workouts? How are you held accountable? How would I benefit from one?
I have a lot of events I would like to complete this year. I am in the research phase and appreciate all your feedback. Feel free to email me. Thanks.