The person with the least objective view on how much progress you are actually making is always you. How many times have you felt like you needed to do more training, when in reality what you needed was someone to be there to tell you when to go home and sleep? How many times have you changed the course of your schedule because someone else was doing something different? A coach would have been able to give you the confidence to stay the wiser course that was going to give you the results you were after!
It begins by assessing the amount of training that is realistic for you then building a training program around that to match the matrix of your life, your commitments, your goal races and your fitness. It's a tall order, but it's also something that is easy to accomplish with the guidance of someone who has been in the trenches and learned what can never be taught in a book! A great coach will push you when you need to be pushed. A great coach will make sure that you are ready when the "all out" training day arrives. A great coach will make sure you back off in your training when backing off is essential. A great coach will have the bigger perspective of your season in mind when your training plans are created.
There is no such thing as a "one size fits all" training program. Age, experience and life circumstances can make the “ideal” training program look very different year to year even for the same person! Finding your own true starting point is one of the most important choices you'll make.
If you have any questions on the direction you want to go this season, feel free to email us and we will take a look at what you are considering and give our thoughts.