#52 Meeting the Athlete Where They Are

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Dean and Paula discuss recent interactions with athletes helping each along their training and racing journeys. Coaching is more than copying workouts onto a calendar. It is getting to know each athlete and sharing experience and research to help them daily along that journey. Coaching involves data analysis, video analysis, nutrition recommendations, race reconnaissance, race plan review, and more.

Also in this episode, they discuss Ironman California, Ironman Florida, and the Wendell Foster Half Marathon.

RyR is a team of runners and triathletes who receive comprehensive and customized coaching. The team name has dual meanings. The first is based in Hebrews 12:1 in which Christians are instructed to run the race set before us. In this context, RyR stands for Run your Race, with an emphasis on meeting you (the athlete) where you are and coming alongside you to help you reach your goals. The verse emphasizes patience, endurance, and perseverance. These qualities are essential for success as both athletes and coaches.

The second meaning is based on the enduring friendship and marriage between the founding coaches, Dean and Paula Roberts. In this context, RyR stands for Roberts and Roberts. While our primary mission is to help athletes set and reach fitness and performance goals, we understand that this must occur within the context of each athlete's daily life. We strive to form an individual relationship with each athlete and make sure weekly training fits seamlessly into family life and work schedules.


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