Coach’s blog – 19/06/2017

This week is a bit of a self-indulgent blog, just letting you know what I have been up to and how everything is going with the business.

The run club session times have settled down and we now run them at 6.15pm on Monday and 6am on Thursday mornings. The group sizes are small but we are having a great time and the Armadale council have been amazing with their flexibility with the sessions giving me time to allow them to grow naturally without having financial pressure…

We have also got the weekend group runs up and running but they are taking a bit of a hiatus over the next couple of weeks as I am racing at Eagle and Child on Sunday then we are heading up to Exmouth for the first week of the school holidays so I will get them cranking again on my return!

I’ve got a small but enthusiastic core group of athletes. I have runners training for marathons and city to surf. I also have runners training for ironman, triathletes training for run events and runners who think triathletes are crazy. They wouldn’t be far off the mark!

I really enjoy dealing with the different personalities and the challenges that each athlete brings in putting together their training.. I feel like a mother hen sometimes and often fuss and worry about my charges as well as being super proud of them all. This is why I wanted to coach to be able to give something to people and to get them involved in community and sport.

My Riverside park pony clubbers are doing so well.. Tonight I was told that one of them won their cross country at school and another made the interschool for the very first time.. One of the young lads is absolutely killing park run already down into 22 minutes something as an 8 year old… I’d love to take credit for that but he is just so naturally talented.. I just love all their youth and enthusiasm…

My volunteer coaching gig at Perth Hills Tri club, is just another highlight.. The people and the culture is amazing and I love the diverse personalities and how everyone just bounces off each other. There is a range of athletes from beginners to very competitive and the support shown amongst them all no matter the level is great to see. We now have a great coaching group and what we offer can only grow the experience for our athletes. We have a number of athletes doing both half ironman and ironman in December and I look forward to supporting them on that journey. I’ll be overseeing the PHTC 70.3 program again and I can’t wait!

As for myself, week 5 of IMWA training is underway.. No injuries yet, touch wood! I’m trying to coach myself as if I would another athlete.. It’s tough sometimes as you can’t always view yourself objectively.. One thing you can do as an athlete though is take note of what is happening with your own body.. If something doesn’t seem quite right then, act on it… I’ve been doing just that and it’s been working for me. Taking an extra rest day where it is needed or adjusting my training… I think self-feedback is really important even if you are getting coached by someone so don’t be afraid to speak out or ask questions if your body isn’t responding the way it should!

Anyway, that’s my self-indulgent blog done and dusted. I hope everyone is enjoying my sessions, no matter whether it is through run club, PHTC, Riverside Park Pony Club or if you are getting coached by me privately! I am enjoying coaching you!


Peta from Energise Coaching is a Triathlon Australia Development Coach and an Athletics Australia Recreational Running Coach based south east of Perth. She offers personalised training programs for triathlon/swimming/running, generic training plans and structured run sessions for all levels and abilities. Contact Peta and ask what she can do for you!