// Group Coaching
Simply put, EPC’s Group Coaching is a training plan taken to the next level. Imagine getting a detailed monthly training plan that takes you through all of the necessary training phases to have your reach your peak for you target event(s). Pretty cool. You can find plenty of great training plans online, in book, magazines, from your local stud or stud-ette athlete in town; but it’s up to you to decipher the plan, stay on track and maintain overall motivation.
Well, take this killer training plan developed by professional racer, coach, family man, Cody Waite; and include with it a monthly recorded call/webinar where you can listen in and learn all the ‘ins & outs’ of the plan and gain additional wisdom, insight, and motivation from the man himself. Pretty rad! Now what if we put the proverbial ‘cherry on top’ of the program by including email access to Coach Cody throughout the entire process? That’s right, you have a question about a piece of the plan, or “Should add this local training race in?” or “How do I modify this particular workout?”; you can contact Coach Cody by email and get your questions answered! You’re probably thinking, “Holy crap this is good stuff.” Why yes it is, thank you.
// Frequently Asked Questions
WHO IS GROUP COACHING FOR?
For 2015 we have both Ironman and XTERRA programs on tap. There are three individual XTERRA programs available: XTERRA West Championship, XTERRA Southeast/East Championships, and XTERRA Mountain Championship. The Ironman program is geared towards Ironman Boulder in August, but will also accommodate Ironman events in August, September, and October by simply adjusting the final build up to your race (explained in the program). Both XTERRA programs include a continuing program all the way through to XTERRA USA and the big show at the XTERRA World Championships. Also for those doing multiple XTERRA Championship events you can join in the others after your first one. That’s 10 months of training plans, explanations, and direction!
Okay XTERRA make sense, Coach Cody is after all an XTERRA athlete himself, but Ironman? Yes we are offering a Group Coaching program specifically built for Ironman Boulder, and yes, Coach Cody has done an Ironman himself (despite not having the tattoo to prove it) and has coached many athletes to IM PR’s over the years. Why IM Boulder? Well that’s easy, because we have a lot of local Colorado athletes signing up for that one and they are wanting some direction on how to prepare for it. The IM Boulder program will run through August (including some recovery direction post race).
HOW EXACTLY DOES GROUP COACHING WORK?
Our Group Coaching programs are pretty clever, if we do say so ourselves. We create a dynamic program that progressively builds from least specific, general fitness training to the most specific race prep training as you near your goal events. Each week is built around two “key sessions” in each sport each week. That’s six sessions a week that you make your top priority. Then we layer a third session in each week that complements the training for that block. These sessions are highly recommended to include, but if your schedule is tight you can opt to omit them as needed. Finally we layer the ‘extra’ sessions, typically recovery/aerobic sessions, you can choose to include assuming you are nailing your priority events and recovering well between sessions. The training weeks are laid out in an ‘ideal session order’ but you can easily move sessions around to fit your schedule and time available.
The sessions themselves are written with a warm-up, a main set (with a range of interval quantities), and a warm-down that are the focal points to achieve. You have to option to keep the sessions short and to the point to get ‘er done. Or you can choose to extend the warm-ups/warm-downs to accumulate some extra volume, and/or perform the main set intervals on the higher end of the range to get a ‘larger dose’ of the training effect, and/or include additional aerobic volume following the main sets to get as much volume as you need or desire. Each sessions is easily adaptable to your desired training load and time available. Pretty slick!
I AM NEW TO TRIATHLON AND HAVE LIMITED TIME TO TRAIN, WILL THIS WORK ME?
Indeed it will, my friend. Our Group Coaching program is highly adaptable to nearly any athlete regardless of experience or time available to train. If you’re on a strict time budget then you can simply stick to the two key workouts in each sport each week and give them your best effort. That’s only six workouts a week, fit into 4-6 days of training per week as you prefer. On top of that, each workout can be personally modified in duration to fit your daily schedule. Most weekday training sessions are designed around 45-90 minutes, and the weekend sessions from 1.5 to 3 hours (of course a bit more in the final build up towards an Ironman). You can get in serious shape and race ready in as little as 6-10 hours a week of training. No way?! Yes way.
I AM PRETTY FIT AND EXPERIENCED, WILL THE PROGRAM BE BADASS ENOUGH FOR ME?
You know it! If you have the time and fitness to put some serious training time in, then you can choose to hit most or all of the posted sessions and/or tack on extra intervals and volume to hit your goals. The program can easily allow for 25+ hours a week of quality training for those studs and stud-ettes out there looking to dominate. Do however keep in mind that training volume is not the key to success, but rather training quality. Lucky for you we provide a dialed in balance of both so you can get fit, stay healthy and kick butt all year long.
WHEN DO I START? CAN I JOIN IN LATER?
The programs officially begin in January, and the earlier you join in the better off you’ll be. However, you can join in at any time. Keep in mind our programs are very progressive and the training and workouts build upon the earlier training performed. If you miss our official start date, as long as you are not coming off the couch in spring and expecting to get in shape two months before a goal event, you can join in mid-program and make the most out of the time you’ve got with us.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
We keep it simple with a one time fee of $500 for the entire year of training. This is our most economical training package and way to be a part of our team of athletes. No membership required, no set-up fees, no extra monies required.
Bonus deal…If you have a spouse or son or daughter that also trains and competes in the same/similar races, we can include them in your program fee and get them set up with their own program at no extra charge. Let’s get the whole family fit and fast this year!