Not only do I race professionally and have a career in film, I also have my own coaching business! I offer individualized coaching programs for triathletes of all levels. Together with my husband, Dr Simon Marshall, we also offer BraveHeart Brain Training — customized plans to help you overcome race nerves, build motivation and confidence, and develop in-race mental toughness.
Here’s some thoughts on my philosophy:
Coaching is, fundamentally, a relationship. Sure, there’s a whole bunch of science-based training techniques, drills, splits, and progress assessments, but at its core it’s about building trust and working towards a common goal — helping you reach your potential as an athlete without forgetting why you’re there.
Many triathlon coaching programs on offer today are relatively faceless–you get a generic training program e-mailed to you with a list of stipulations about when you are “allowed” to contact the coach. Following a one-size-fits all program will hurt your wallet and possibly your body. My approach to coaching is based on state-of-the-science training principles adapted and delivered in a way that puts you first. If you are looking for an e-mailed program with no “face time,” then I’m not the coach for you.
As you probably know, triathlon coaching is dominated by men. As a woman, I bring a different perspective to coaching. This is because how you coach is a reflection of you as a person. And I’m a woman. In fact, I’m a whole lot of different women. I’m a professional athlete, a film producer, a Scot, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend…these are me. And I draw on all my “me’s” to be a good coach.
All of my coaching programs begin with a discussion about you and me. Who we are and what we want out of it. It’s relationship building and it’s important because I strongly believe that the person makes the athlete, not the other way around.