Sunday, November 23, 2008

Coaching Opening

It’s that time of year—end of one season and the start of the next. It's time to start thinking about 2009. I have an opening to coach one more athlete—triathlete or road cyclist—for the coming season. I coach only 5 athletes a year and offer just one level of coaching—full service. That means customized and periodized training following the principles in my Training Bible books. I review your workouts daily through; analyze your power, pace and heart rate files; send you weekly charts illustrating fitness, fatigue, form and more along with my comments; talk with you weekly to refine your program and answer questions; assist with your nutrition and sports psychology needs; use the latest in scientific training methods for you; and a lot more. The bottom line is that I will help you achieve your goals.

I don't coach just anyone. There is a screening process. I know I work best with certain types of athletes and want to make sure that we are compatible. I also look for athletes who have set high goals for themselves, ones that are achievable but a good stretch. Age, ability and gender are not concerns.

A power meter and heart rate monitor are requirements, as is a speed and distance device for triathletes along with WKO+ software (I’ll teach you how to use them all). We would start with you spending a couple of days with me (in Scottsdale, Arizona) for VO2/metabolic testing, physical assessment, bike fit and skills refinement. This would be scheduled as soon as possible, but at your convenience.

The bottom line is that you will receive coaching service second to none.

My fee is US$1500 per month ($8000 if paying six months in advance). If you would like references, my current athlete-clients would be happy to answer your questions about my coaching. You can also learn more about my coaching at

If interested, please contact me by email at


At December 4, 2008 12:51 PM , Blogger Doug said...

Hi Joe,

I'm not a candidate to be coached by you, but I do have a related question. Have you coached anyone that used an iBike for their power meter, or would you have any reservations about doing so?


At December 4, 2008 3:39 PM , Blogger Joe Friel said...

Hi Doug--Thanks for your note. I've neer used an iBike but have talked with Hunter Allen who has. He says it is a good device to get started with. I equate it to becoming interested in photography but you're not sure if it's right for you. In that case you wouldn't go out and by a Nikon with expensive additional lenses. I think once you started using an iBike (or Polar p meter) you'll learn it is very helpful to your training and start saving your pennies.


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