This past week, I was in Boulder, CO at the Endurance Coaching Summit (ECS), that was put on by Training Peaks and USA Triathlon. I needed to get my CEC’s (Continuing Education Credits) for my USA Triathlon Level I and this knocks out 12 out of the 15 credits, I need to get every two years AND I was heading to Boulder, CO. Win. Win!
The conference was at the University of Colorado – Boulder. What an amazing venue, tons of coaches, along with Pro Athletes, Influencers and people wanting to learn about triathlon and how to improve as coaches, business owners and athletes.
The Man. Dave Scott. 6 x Ironman Triathlon World Champion. He was the first speaker and his talk really hit home. He talked about technology now to technology back in the days that he won his Ironman Triathlons, especially his first Ironman Triathlon in 1980. Dave said this…
“The technology that I had in 1980 Ironman Triathlon was “Can I do this?”
Then, he pulled out his bike that he used for the 1980 Ironman Triathlon. No aerobars. No Power Meter. No Garmin, Polar or Tom Tom.
After Dave spoke, I took this thought with me throughout the whole conference and started thinking about my athletes, my coaching and my business as well.
During the conference, I learned about:
- How to Grow a Racing Team
- Strength Training & the Triathlete from a Strength & Conditioning Coach from UCB
- Nutrition from the Gatorade Sports Institute
- How to Grow my Coaching Business
- Getting into the mind of athletes through Sports Psychology
- How to Grow my Coaching Brand even more so!
As you can see, it was an AMAZING conference. As you know about conferences like this, you take in what you want to take in and how it applies to you and your business.
The final “Good Bye” was from the owner and co-founder of Training Peaks, Gear Fisher and Dirk Friel.
Gear’s talk was short and sweet but hit home and tied into Dave Scott’s talk very well. Gear said:
“The #1 need that a triathlete wants from their coach is feedback.”
As an athlete myself, I couldn’t agree with them more. I value the feedback that I receive from my coach.