Why I Coach

After typing out the headline for this post, “Why I Coach,” I was tempted to simply write “Because” and call it a day. But that wouldn’t be inspiring. Or even come close to articulating the love I have for coaching endurance athletes.

Most of us at some point in our lives have had that nervous energy, adrenaline rush or anticipation of a big milestone or event. Whether it’s your first 5K race, an FTP test, your 4th Ironman, opening night of a theatre performance, or even a job interview or big presentation, it is something we all anticipate and dread at the same time. But there is something special about toeing that start line or looking out at your audience before your opening remarks when you are confident that you’ve done everything in your power to prepare for that moment.

How did you get there? Chances are you didn’t do it alone. You had a friend, mentor, coworker, parent, sibling, etc who was part of that journey. To some extent, you had a coach or a few coaches who genuinely wanted you to be successful and supported you along the way, sharing advice, guidance and expertise.

I discovered that I find more enjoyment, fulfillment and satisfaction in helping others achieve their goals and conquer their milestone moments than I did as an athlete chasing my own personal goals. My experience as a triathlete shaped my personal values and priorities. But once I transitioned from competitive athlete to coach, I discovered a whole new source of inspiration that challenges and rewards me in ways I never expected.

There are three core values that I hold true and which embody my approach to coaching endurance athletes. 

Community. Courage. Growth.

In my next few posts I’ll dive into each of these values, what they mean to me, and how they have helped shape my vision for Soles Inspired.