I recently answered some questions for a written interview, and as the answers are often edited or don't appear in full, I thought it would be useful to post a few here:
What kind of training cycles (macro and micro) do you use ?
We generally don’t use traditional training cycles, and instead apply a consistent progressive approach, each one building on the last block of work, incorporating the majority of the elements of preparation year round.
Can you compare your current training group/method with previous groups you have coached.
My coaching practice has evolved over time in many aspects, however the principles of individual approach, and focus on doing the basics very well have remained the same.
How would you describe your training environment?
One where independent athletes are surrounded by like-minded, and committed athletes and staff, making it easy to do the work necessary to progress toward world class performances.
Do you incorporate the latest and greatest technology or take a more down to earth approach to training and recovery?
We use technology, in a simple and straightforward way, to add information, with which to make better decisions holistically.
How do athletes join your group? Do they come to you? Do you seek out athletes?
A combination of referrals from current athletes, inquires from prospective new athletes, and in specific cases we contact those who might be a good fit and could contribute to the group.
What are the key criteria you look for in a triathlete. Do you feel you can predict which athletes will be more successful and if so, what common characteristics do they exhibit, or is there no common formula?
Primarily it’s about attitude: driven to maximising preparation and performance, resilient to setbacks, able to be both completely committed to achieving success, able to have appropriate perspective, and finally enjoys the process of preparation and loves competition.
If you could summarise your group in less than 5 words, what would you say?
Surrounded by commitment, success is inevitable.