| Coach Steve: I began my endurance sports career as a cyclist,
competing in more than 1000 events over 17 seasons while racing for
both corporate sponsors and the U.S. National Team in numerous National
and International competitions. After many wins and top placings in
all types of road racing events, I retired from bike racing and took
up duathlon in 1990, then triathlon in 1997.
I've won age-group National Championships in cycling, duathlon,
and triathlon. I've qualified to represent Team USA at the World
Championships every year since beginning multisport competition,
finishing no worse than 8th at short course Triathlon Worlds, plus
a couple 'podium' finishes at both Tri and Du Worlds (athletic
I began coaching competitive cyclists in the mid '80s, then multisport
competitors in 1991—beginners to elite athletes. I've helped
cyclists, duathletes, and triathletes to podium finishes at National
and World Championship competitions. Several of these athletes achieved
this level of performance with no prior competitive experience.
More importantly, I've guided many first-timers to their endurance
sport goals with great success (testimonials)
I've coached for USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, and was certified
as a personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise. I hold
a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University
| My Coaching Techniques: The coaching process begins by asking
questions about your current fitness level and where you want to go.
The next step is an objective assessment of how much time, energy,
and motivation you have to get there.
Based on this information, a long-term schedule with gradual buildups
to major race goals are targeted. Then, smaller short-term goals
comprised of less important competitions are planned. These races
build speed, endurance, and confidence along the way to the greater
As daily workouts are planned, long-term goals and your time constraints
are kept in mind. Each workout has an optimal level of intensity,
ranging from active recovery days, to speedwork, with heart rate
monitoring to gauge and control the efforts. Alternatively, workouts
can also be described in terms of RPE (relative perceived effort)
for athletes who prefer not to use a heart rate monitor.
When workouts of various intensities and distances are properly
combined through short and long-term periodization, your training
will come together for optimal race day performances. This balance
between training duration and intensity is key, and dependent upon
your unique physiology, psychology, and distances of competitions
targeted. My goal is to help maximize your training's effectiveness
while minimizing your risk of injury or burnout.