Today I started a new role – coaching outdoor cycling groups with Activ Cycle Coaching. The ride I led today was an intermediate level outdoor recovery river loop (an iconic Brisbane cycling route) and being in the coach’s role today made me appreciate what a privilege it is to be able to mentor and help other riders in the sport. My perception of coaching is that it is both an art and a science and even though I’ve been involved in coaching others for many years, it’s an area where you never stop learning and developing.
Today’s ride challenged me both mentally and physically – in the mental sense the coach is the eyes and ears of the peloton, continually monitoring and watching for traffic and other hazards, whilst also watching each individual rider. On the road, I’m also discovering that there’s also some skill involved in giving the correct coaching cues and technique adjustments, whilst all the while maintaining a positive and friendly atmosphere. Then there was the personal task of making sure old “ham-on-the-bone” was up to the job! I am pleased to say that I’m hanging in there on that front.
A good coach will spend time connecting with their participants as well as keeping themselves up to date with the latest happenings and research – one reason why I find the coaching role mentally stimulating. However, the best part of coaching for me has been watching client’s physical improvements as well as their personal growth and development. There is nothing nicer than seeing the rewards of your coaching in the expression of a happy, content and fit client/athlete – something I will never tire of!
To be involved in today’s ride was a privilege and I’m looking forward to improving my skills in coaching outdoor riding every Friday.
If you’re in Brisbane and keen to catch up for a ride, come and visit Activ Cycle Coaching on a Friday – I would love to see you 🙂