Fall is the time where I see the most interest in new clients and it is the perfect time to begin interviewing candidates. I usually start my conversations with clients around both of our expectations and characteristics. After coaching over 70 athletes in the past decade, I have a good sense of whether I will be a good fit for their needs. Every coach has their own way of doing things and some specialties within the vast sport of cycling. (Or they should!) The questions to ask your coach should include:
- What is your philosophy for coaching?
- How do you create a plan specifically tailored to my needs?
- How do you know what is the right training for me?
- What is your experience in (mountain biking, track, cross, etc.)?
- How do you incorporate HR/Power in your programs?
- How do you communicate with me and how often?
- How much do you know about diet and nutrition? How do you incorporate this part of training into my workout programs?
- What type of clients do you currently coach?
- How do you measure success as a coach?
- How do you set your fees for coaching?
- Can I have some references?
As a coach, I have my own set of questions that I use to get a good feel for whether I am a good fit. The last thing I would want is an unsatisfied athlete due to differing expectations.