"Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdoes both ability and skill."
USA Triathlon Coach of the Year
My coaching style is ‘process focused’ vs. ‘results focused.’ When working with an athlete, their understanding of how and why they are improving is always going to take precedence over any race result. Yes there is an end goal, but in over 2 decades of coaching, experience has shown me that if you do the right work, and for the right reasons, the results will follow. And if you understand and enjoy the process, the likelihood of achieving your goals will increase ten fold! I always say, “If you aren’t having fun, why are you doing it?”
When I start working with an athlete, I take into account their life circumstances and athletic related factors, such as: how many hours a week they work, their family commitments, how long they have been training, previous injuries and race goals. Every athlete is unique and I build each plan specifically for that athlete. And although consistency in training has its place, so does flexibility. Every athlete encounters situations that affect their schedule and ability to train and you will too. No problem. We will adjust your training plan to accommodate the changes in your life as they happen and make sure that we stay on target to reach your goals.
I have a long history of helping athletes, starting from my early days coaching high school swimming, up through writing the training plans for Team USA for the past several years. I’ve helped many an athlete qualify for Ironman World Championships in Kona, helped ITU draft legal racers crack the top ten at the US Pro Championships. From 2009-2013, I coached the University of Colorado Triathlon team to four consecutive Collegiate National Championships. In short, as a Level III Elite USAT Coach, I’ve worked with and enjoy all levels of athletes, from beginners to elites and everyone in between. I’m here to help you achieve your goals, whatever they may be. I consider every coaching relationship a team effort with both of us working together to determine the best path for success.
I look forward to working with you, and I am certain you’ll be happy with the end result!
The announcement about Coach Mike’s National Coach of the Year award can be found here: http://www.triathlete.com/2014/02/news/kathleen-johnston-mike-ricci-named-usa-triathlon-coaches-of-the-year_94498