Jen Rulon

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.

As a triathlon/strength coach, I have worked with numerous athletes throughout the years: From sprint distance triathletes, to 7x Ironman Triathlon triathletes. I have  AMAZING relationships with some of the athletes that I have coached, and not so great relationships with others. I have had some athletes who have gone to other coaches (totally fine; it’s a growing process!). I have had some athletes quit the sport completely. I have also had to fire some of my athletes. Why? I was putting more work into coaching them than they were putting in for themselves. I don’t work that way.

The other day, I received a question from a potential athlete, and I LOVE what they asked me: “What are my expectations as a coach?” As I started thinking about her question, I realized that I need to tell my potential athletes my expectations from the start. Maybe the athletes that I fired were never “aligned” with my expectations? Maybe the athletes that went to another coach wanted a different approach to coaching. Another thought that I had was that the athletes that I am coaching now and the athletes I have coached in the past Exceed my Expectations. Why? These athletes, aka friends, know that I expect GREAT things from myself as an athlete. Why would I think any differently with the athletes that I coach?  To make it clear cut, I came up with:

 Jen Rulon’s Coaching ExpectationsCoach Monica-2

Today, let me give you my “Rulon Rules” to a Deadlift. Deadlifts are a fantastic overall workout, IF done correctly. I am a big fan of Romanian Deadlifts (RDL), but some athletes have a hard time doing the RDL’s due to tight hamstrings.

What muscles do deadlifts work? Boy, what muscles do they NOT work? Here you go:

  • Trapezius Muscle
  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Gluteus Maximus
  • Hamstrings
  • Quadriceps (All 4 muscles)
  • Erector spinae – Stabilizers of the lower back
  • Rectus Abdominis
  • Obliques