#1: Welcome to the Coach's Blog
Updated: Aug 8, 2020
Welcome to the Coach's Blog, powered by Dillman Coaching. This is the first blog I am posting so I just want to run through some of the reasons for the blog and why I am starting it.
For My Athletes
The main reason I am starting this blog is for the athletes I currently coach. My athletes are the primary target as I write each blog post.
As a new coach I am starting to realize how hard it is to communicate the same ideas to 10+ people. So I often find myself wondering, did I already talk to Athlete A about Race Day Nutrition or was that Athlete B? So the goal of this blog is for me to write down my thoughts and methods on topics pertaining to training and racing and then refer my athletes to said blog post. So instead of having 12 different conversations with 12 different people I can point them all to the same blog post and we are all on the same page and I don't have to remember what I said to each individual person.
However, I don't want this to eliminate individual communication with my athletes. Rather, my hope is that this will actually spark more conversations with each athlete. If it goes as I imagine, athletes will read the posts and then have questions pertaining to their unique situation or circumstance, but the blog will at least give us a foundation to start from. For example: If I write a blog on daily nutrition and one athlete has a particular food allergy then we will have a conversation about how to handle that particular situation but we will also be one step ahead because they will already understand the fundamentals behind nutrition that I mentioned in the blog post.
For All Cyclists
My initial thought was that I would only share the blogs with my athletes since they are the primary audience anyways. But after giving it some thought, I've decided to share the blogs on Social Media to anyone who wants to read them.
My original thought process was that I didn't want to just hand out free advice to people who aren't paying me as their coach. And after some thought, I realized that is a pretty poor attitude. First of all, I'm not really in this for the money as much as I am for the opportunity to share my knowledge and watch people progress as athletes and as people. Personally, I find more gain in seeing people accomplish their goals and having a part in that process rather than a paycheck. Money will come and go, but watching people strive after their goals and getting to help them on that journey is far more satisfying. Secondly, I want to help people. And I believe the best way for me to help them is to start an individual coaching relationship with them. However, if I can share a simple blog post that will give them some helpful advice then why not?
Also, the goal is that these blog posts will generate some attention to Dillman Coaching. I've never had a very good presence on social media. I am one of those people who think "People don't care what I had for breakfast today" so it really has to be something worthy for me to post it. So if I have home-made whole wheat pancakes with Michigan maple syrup and avocados on toast then that is a worthy breakfast post. So by posting these blogs on Social Media it will hopefully attract more eyes to Dillman Coaching and lead to more coaching opportunities.
It would be pretty hard for me to have 12 conversations with 12 different people and try to get the same 5 points across to each person. I'd probably get distracted and start talking about that cross race last week with Van Der Poel and Van Aert, which by the way was so awesome to watch. Wout looked so good on the first lap and Van Der Poel had to switch bikes, but then he caught back up and now you see my point...
Publishing a blog allows each athlete to get all the information they need pertaining to a particular subject. On top of that, they will always have the opportunity to refer back to each blog post if they forget some of the main points. I want to make it easy for my athletes to gain the knowledge they need to excel in racing.
Dedicating more time to a blog post that tackles a single topic will also allow me to delve a little deeper into the details. I will have more time to clarify my thoughts before I publish the post, therefore the actual content itself will be better as well. I know my athletes don't have time to pick up the latest "Training with a Power Meter" book so I want to make that information available to them in a quick and convenient way and I believe this blog is the best method.
I want this blog to be helpful and engaging to my athletes in particular, but to all cyclists in general. With that being said I'd really love to have feedback or topic suggestions from anyone and everyone.
Also, one of the goals is to gain athletes through this blog so if you or someone you know is interested or looking for a coach, you know where to send them. Even if you have questions about coaching, I'd be more than happy to talk to you about it.
And finally, I want to say thank you to all my athletes for trusting me as their coach and continuing to trust me. I'm grateful for the chance to push people to their limits and to see them grow because of it.
Let me leave you with one final story:
You all may know local Louisville junior cyclist, Luke Scott. Luke has been with Dillman Coaching pretty much since its inception at the beginning of this year. Luke is an awesome kid. It is truly a pleasure to work with him. Luke is pretty new to racing and back in March at the Louisville Omnium weekend Luke was racing his first Cat 4/5 race. When I showed up on the venue Luke's Mom was at registration and was ecstatic because Luke had just won the race! A few minutes later Luke shows up and we get a picture together and he says, "I couldn't have done it without you." Wow! And just like that I had felt like I had already won and I hadn't even raced yet. These are the moments I look forward to as a coach. Thank you Luke.