Saturday, March 14, 2009

In Good Hands

So, after a long period of deliberation and consideration and meditation and several other "-ations" that I can't think of right now, I've finalized with a new coach. I was fortunate enough to have a choice between two very excellent coaches - Chris Jones of Great Britain and Michael Kruger of Denmark. In a lot of ways, it came down to almost a coin-flip, as there was no way I could make a wrong decision. Ultimately, my instincts told me that I was a better match with Michael, and so that was really what drove the decision above any sense of one coach being better than the other. It was about what I felt was right for me.

Michael is currently the head coach of the Danish National Triathlon Team, but with Denmark being a small country, he is able to take on a few other athletes. In addition to native Dane Rasmus Henning, one of the most successful triathletes in the world, Michael currently coaches several other athletes inside and outside of Denmark. Until this year, he was also the coach of uber-biker Torbjorn Sindballe, so I'm hoping that I can deliver him another Kona course record (or, really, that he can deliver me my first Kona record).

I want to thank Joel for all his help in the process of finding a new coach, and also I'd like to thank Michael and Chris for taking the time to have very thoughtful and professional conversations with me during this process. I'm very excited for the opportunity to learn from somebody new, and hopefully this year will be yet another solid cobblestone on the road to excellence.


khai said...

Congrats on the decision, bro. That's awesome news!

I will of course be eager to learn from your new coach we well... :p

khai said...

Damned lefty typing... That's supposed to read "as well"

Anonymous said...

If I may ask, (I'm not trying to stir the pot so need to comment if there is something more to it that I am unaware of) but I am curious as to why, after having had much success over the last couple of years, you have decided to change coaches. I guess what I am trying to get at is what do you see your goals as now and are they different from what they were before (e.g., a change in training philosophy, stopped adapting to previous training protocol, etc).

rappstar said...


It wasn't a decision made by choice; it was a decision made out of necessity. Joel accepted a fantastic job with Great Britain Triathlon, and therefore was not able to continue coaching me. So I *had* to find a new coach. That being said, I don't look at this as a negative thing at all. It was a necessary decision, but still one that I think will be a good and productive one.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the explanation. All the best to successful, champion '09 racing season.