'Training Footprint' Leads to Success

By Marilyn Trout | 05/09/12
'Training Footprint' Leads to Success

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We’ve teamed up with Marilyn Trout, certified USA Cycling Elite Coach to answer Voler Newsletter List members’ training questions. You can view her coach profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/mountainpedalscoaching80903 Send your cycling inquiries to Marilyn, and for a limited time, if yours is selected to be answered in our Training column, Voler will send you a $20 gift certificate that can be used towards any purchase from the Voler Store at http://www.voler.com. To submit your inquiry, e-mail her at Marilyn@MountainPedals.net, and type “Voler Training Question” in the subject line of the e-mail.

"Training Footprint" Leads to Success

Dear Coach Marilyn,

A little over a year ago we corresponded about Senior training (http://www.voler.com/connect/detail/li/Training-Principles-to-Training-Footprint). All trainingschedules I had come across did not apply to my Senior needs. The coaching I had been getting did not think a Senior could improve much past their baseline training wattage. I took your expert coaching advice. I did very well for the little preparation training I had going into 2011 Senior National (Olympic) Games. I just finished State Games in San Antonio & am pleased with those better results too. In other words, your advice to me to get real coaching has improved my game.

My coach started out by testing me in the lab, similar to what I can understand as a cycling stress test. From there he assigned me tasks to improve my cycling endurance, strength, skills and cadence. Some training was inside with weights and yoga/Pilates. Most training was outside and some indoor biking. My coach treated me seriously in meeting my goals. I felt better with his guidance in understanding me as a Senior cyclist who enjoys racing. Another nice result of this coaching, I can do club rides easier keeping up with people many years younger.

Thanks to the seeds you planted, I now understand that there is no uniform formula for training. It is individual & personal. Finding the right Coach does take time and patience. I tell my fellow Senior racers, "I threw my leg over a bike at age 50. I don't expect to win a Tour.  I do expect with training I can improve.”  You were right! I wish I could hug you.... Thank You!

 Dorothy Zarbo

P.S.   It may be of interest to you to look up results from 2011 National & Texas State Games in San Antonio. I tied for silver in 5 K TT I got bronze and qualified for 2013 Nationals for all events. Thank you....again.

Dear Dorothy,

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

One of the greatest rewards of the coaching profession is to see an athlete get a glimpse of the potential that lies within. Thank you for sending along a follow-up to our correspondence, (Training Principles to “Training Footprint” 6/11:  http://www.voler.com/connect/detail/li/Training-Principles-to-Training-Footprint).

All the best in your training and racing endeavors this season,


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