Reflective practice and becoming your best you.

As as a coach and health-care professional, reflective practice has informed a good chunk of my learning and development. In order to progress, we must assess what we are doing and whether it serves us to reach our goals. This is especially important for athletes on their coaching journey to success, and building resilient, self-aware athletes is a huge part of what we strive to do at Anna Beck Coaching. A good way to really get inside an athlete's head is to ask them to write notes daily in regarding to their training; how were they feeling, what else is going on, what are their fatigue levels doing, and how did the session go. In order to get better at racing, the goal is to analyse what h

The data only works if you do

As a Level 2 cycling coach, I get data. I have the ability to analyse efforts, sessions, weeks and seasons with the help of complex training software at my fingertips. I can build to a CTL, daily TSS, weekly ATL and target a ramp rate. We can do power efforts in any of the targeted zones to achieve optimisation. And we do. But the reality of coaching is that unless you’re training high-level track-letes (track athletes, I made that up, go me!) or very dedicated power-equipped roadies only, the data needs to be taken with a grain of salt. For example, I work with many power-based athletes, however a number of these lack power on their primary race bike (either a cross-country or gravity mount

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