Welcome to FasCat Coaching! Please read through this new athlete handbook to help make your coaching experience the best it can possibly be. All FasCat coaches communicate freely and take pride in providing sustainable, long term coaching relationships. The most difficult time (yet exciting) in a coach/athlete relationship is getting started. This handbook is a way to make this transition easier and more enjoyable for you as an athlete. Here are a few basics:
- We craft your training plan in TrainingPeaks which is ‘in the cloud’. It ensures plans are easy to change and provide excellent customization. You’ll enjoy access to your training on a variety of platforms thru Android and iOS devices.
- While a power meter is not required for coaching we HIGHLY recommend their use.
- Please prepare for your coaching consultation by reading thru this handbook and bring lots of questions and points to discuss.
The key of any coach/athlete relationship is communication. At FasCat we prefer to use the communication method you prefer. Some athletes love e-mail, others prefer the phone. Texting is OK for updates but not for effective coaching communication. We want to use what’s best for you. We normally attempt to return athlete initiated contact on the same business day during normal business hours. Using a power meter and having data files for your coach to review serves as another key component of communication.
As a reminder, what differentiates us from other coaches and coaching groups is our communication. If you have to work late and are going to miss a workout, gives us a call or email – we’ll revise your training plan. If you aren’t feeling well, let us know in advance & we will advise. Similarly if a business trip pops us, just let your coach know and he or she will come up with a plan B for you. While we encourage communication, the amount of communication you are to receive is dependent on the coaching plan you choose. See more below.
You’ll receive your training calendar in TrainingPeaks and similarly you will upload your GPS, Heart Rate & Power Data also in TrainingPeaks. Your coach will receive an automatic email notification that you have uploaded your data and then analyze the workout and give you feedback and additional instructions. We recommend a “Premium” level TrainingPeaks account which is included in our Chase and Kill level Coaching Plans and discounted for the Hunt level plan.
Your coach will show you how to upload you data but you can also watch this instructional video.
First and foremost you can expect to get a lot faster on the bike! All of our coaches adhere to the FasCat Core Values. If at any time you feel like your coach is not working at or above these standards please contact owner and founder, Frank Overton.
As a FasCat athlete we expect you to follow the training calendar we prescribe for you as closely as possible. As such, it is essential that you communicate ALL potential issues affecting your ability to carry out your training to your coach BEFORE they build your next schedule. We also expect to receive regular feedback from you in your own words. The post activity comments in TrainingPeaks is the best place for that in addition to the regular coaching phone call consultations.
Lastly, we will be scheduling a regular coaching consultation at least once a month in order to check in with you about your training. This is an essential conversation to planning out your next training block. Be in front of your TrainingPeaks looking at your training during the call (not driving). Prepare for this phone call by having your entire work, family, travel schedule entered into TrainingPeaks. A successful coach-athlete relationship relies on your communication and feedback.
TRAINING CALENDAR REVISIONS
Plan changes due to illness, injury, or weather related limitations are always part of all FasCat coaching packages. Please let your coach know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE when these events arise for advice and to have your plan updated. If you require frequent plan changes due to dynamic work and/or family schedules please consider a higher level coaching plan that involves more contact to ensure your changing needs are always met in a punctual manner.
It is imperative that you examine and choose the correct coaching plan. It is highly recommended that athletes desiring more attention choose a higher coaching level to ensure the most productive coach-athlete relationship. All plans include abundant communication with your coach when you are getting up to speed with your plan as well as if you become ill or injured. Communication Frequency & Coaching Level specifications may be reviewed here.
We bill every 4 weeks which is different than a monthly bill cycle. This allows us to stagger calls and new training blocks design over the course of the month and not all at once at the end of the month, Please review the terms and conditions on our sign up page. Every 4 weeks you will receive a new training calendar & your card will be run unless you have chosen a 24 or 48 week discounted payment plan. You will receive a sales receipt by email. You will know when your billing cycle is by the “end block” on your training calendar.
At this point you have already filled out your new athlete questionnaire and have scheduled your initial consultation with your new FasCat coach. Some items to consider for this meeting:
Goals and/or races to focus on for the coming year
- What your goals are/ What you are training for!
- Limitations affecting your training (work, family, weather, hobbies, etc)
- Preferred coaching level and communication frequency
- Questions about sharing your power data
Thank YOU and we look forward to helping you achieve your goals! If you have any questions in the meantime please don’t hesitate to call or email.