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

In today’s vlog, I don’t talk about swimming, cycling, running or lifting. I chat with you all about learning how to “Creating YOUR Mindset.” I had a dear entrepreneur/friend talk about “Mindset” and I wanted to share it with you! Thanks, Rick Martinez for always providing knowledge!

You need to really listen to this one. Trust me on this. Learn to get in touch with YOUR MIND before each and every workout, it will make your race, so much easier!

It was an honor to be asked to help with an article about triathlon in The New York Times. I connected with a writer about a year ago, and she has asked me for advice for a lot of articles (Runner's World, Triathlete Magazine, Men's...

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