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Athlete-Coach Relationship

We will work on all aspects of the training process as partners. Throughout the process we will continually re-visit goals and re-establish the path that best leads us to these goals. I value truth and expect each athlete to communicate with me consistently.

Our relationship will remain confidential as I will not at anytime divulge information, personal or otherwise, gleaned while working with the athlete.

Athletes may call or email me at any time if advice is needed, if there is a problem or if there is a desire to share a success with me. If I am not available at that moment, I will return the communication promptly. I do not bill for additional time, as I always enjoy speaking with athletes.

Coaching Programs

Individualized Training Programs

1. BASIC PROGRAM — For athletes whose needs are met within the scope of this training program.

Includes:

  • Needs Assessment
  • Periodized & detailed daily training program designed in a 4 week format
  • Progressive Triathlon Specific Strength Training Program
  • Two (2) formal assessment meetings — The first may be over the phone. If possible, the last one is best done face-to-face. 
    *The first meeting is part of the initial relationship and carried out before any programs are created.
    *The second meeting is planned when the race season is over to review results & aspects of the previous training year, discuss some initial goals and thoughts for the future, etc.

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2. BASIC + PROGRAM — For athletes whose needs are met mostly within the scope of the basic program but require a bit more.

Includes:

  • Needs Assessment
  • Periodized & detailed daily training program designed in a 4 week format
  • Progressive Triathlon Specific Strength Training Program
  • Two (2) formal assessment meetings — The first may be over the phone. If possible, the last one is best done face-to-face.
    *The first meeting is part of the initial relationship and carried out before any programs are created.
    *The second meeting is planned when the race season is over to review results & aspects of the previous training year, discuss some initial goals and thoughts for the future, etc.

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  • One (1) 30 minute coached training session per month. (Travel within a 50 mile radius included in cost, anything further costs extra.)
  • Annual Training Plan accompanies first program.

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3. EXTENDED PROGRAM — For athletes who want to take their training and performance to a higher level of intensity and focus.

Includes:

  • Needs Assessment
  • Periodized & detailed daily training program designed in a 2 week format
  • Progressive Triathlon Specific Strength Training Program
  • Three (3) formal assessment meetings — The first may be over the phone. If possible, the last two are best done face-to-face.


    *The first meeting is part of the initial relationship and carried out before any programs are created.
    *The second meeting generally happens before the race season to go over strategy, any larger questions, approach to the season, etc.
    *The third meeting is planned when the race season is over to review results & aspects of the previous training year, discuss some initial goals and thoughts for the future, etc.
  • Periodic Testing of sport-specific fitness — 2-4 times, as decided between athlete and coach before race season begins.
  • Two (2) one on one coached sessions per month in swim, bike, run or transition. (Travel within a 50 mile radius included in cost, anything further costs extra.)
  • Annual Training Plan accompanies first program.

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Fee Plan:

Program Coaching:

$88.00 – $210.00 per month depending on the program chosen.

Coached Training Sessions:

Includes: Individual or Group training/technique session in swim, bike, run or transition.
If you choose to have a coached session in any of the sports, the duration of this session will be 1-2 hours as needed and as mutually agreed upon.

$70.00 per hour for individuals,
$80.00 per hour for 2 athletes.
$90.00 per hour for groups of 3 to 4 athletes.

One on One Consultation:

There are times when an athlete is self directed but may desire some guidance from a knowledgable coach. This service fulfills that need by providing the athlete with a one time meeting which includes taking an overall and recent athletic history, discussion of  athletic needs, short term and long term goals, answering questions and discussion of any relevant subject matter. The athlete is then sent a written summary and guide.

$100.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training Tips

 
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TOOLS:
DVD & poolside guide Suzan Ballmer's
Swimming Drills


CD-ROM — Off Season Functional Strength Training for Triathletes, Created by Suzan Ballmer, Triathlon Coach and Dr. Brett Coapland

• Film Analysis in 3 sports
including underwater

LINKS:
• USAT
• NH Active Care,
(Dr. Coapland)

• Granite State
Triathlon Club

• Laconia Athletic and
Swim Club

Fitwerx

Other available support
and affiliations for athletes coached by Suzan
:

• Massage therapists
• A.R.T.
• Chiropractors
• Nutrition
• Bike Fit — Fitwerx
• Running-Stride analysis

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