There are big differences between coaching and mentoring:
Coaching is task oriented. The focus is on concrete issues, such as training more effectively, learning to build safely, and learning how to race strategically. This requires a content expert (coach) who is capable of teaching the coachee how to develop these skills.
Mentoring is relationship oriented. It seeks to provide a safe environment, where the mentoree shares whatever issues affect his or her training success. Although specific learning goals or competencies may be used as a basis for creating the relationship, its focus goes beyond these areas to include things, such as training/life balance, self-confidence, self-perception, and how the personal influences athletic performance.
If you would prefer, run a marathon - totally satisfying and fun - if you do it right. Whatever your age!
Setting up the bike for World's Half Ironman Championships, Las Vegas. Camping is a great way to keep the family happy.
There's an art to enjoying Ironman. It's not just about training - this is where an Ironman Mentor can keep you, and your family, on track.
More Fun For You, And Your Family, With A Mentor
Coaching Is Task Oriented
Mentoring Is Relationship Oriented
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The Services Of An Ironman Mentor
To Carry You AND your family
to the finish line, happy and hungry!
Until May 15th, 2016
$87 value for $10
INCLUDING YOUR First Ironman
Over 50 Success Checklist.
A Dynamic Document
Responding To YOUR Needs
- Be involved in content selection.
- Designed to save you from injuries.
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- Your questions answered promptly.
- Access updates whenever you want.
A 30-minute conference call,
with actively competing, 6x Ironman Finisher, FitOldDog.
Want to know more about the First Ironman Over 50 Mentoring Program?
You'll receive FitOldDog's 10 Best Ironman Training Tips, based on 20 years experience in this great sport.
If you want to know what it feels like, to do your first ironman, just go to the bottom of this page.
How does feel to undertake an Ironman.
Especially with a major health challenge? Well, for me:
I felt the excitement of the challenge, the enjoyment of a solid workout, the sense of being alive, while running in a thunder storm in a foot of water, the dismay of knee surgery, the exhaustion of a category one bike climb leading to a sense of awe at the cyclists in the Tour de France that can only come from completing such a climb, the fear of failure or crashing on a long descent, the disappointment of a poor performance, the nausea of bonking, the anxiety about being twice the age of almost everyone else in Ironman training camp, including the coach, the anger of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), the pride of a better swim time in the pool, the wonder of swimming with dolphins in Hawaii, permitted by a high level of fitness, the confusion of a problem unsolved, the delight in finding the answer, the trepidation of that first race-day morning on the beach, the happiness of hearing my family and friends supporting me from the side-lines, the relief of reaching the finish line, the pain in my thighs as I struggled back to the hotel, the explosion of flavors in my mouth from the best pizza in the world, the satisfaction of a well-earned beer handed to me by a friend, the appreciation for my support team and great coaches, the gratefulness to my son, Nigel, for introducing me to this fascinating sport, the calm of a good nights sleep, awakening the next day to the anticipation of planning my next race.