Exercising is about spending time, training about spending time in order to get better in something. Thus, training has the purpose of approaching a well-defined performance goal. In endurance sports the goal is to get faster for longer. Any workout must have purpose in that sense, designed to trigger well-defined functional adaptions all along the performance supply chain. This is no less important for the age-grouper than for the pro, quite the contrary. The time-crunched age-grouper cannot afford to spend precious time on "junk miles". Every workout must count. Every hour must produce maximum "bang for the buck". But how to do this?
When goals have grown beyond finishing with a smile this question becomes pressing for any age-grouper that faces limits in scaling up training hours. Training must necessarily become more efficient. Limiters must be clearly identified, and workouts must provide stimuli that push the constraints away. There two alternatives at this point: either hire a coach or become a coach. As a naturally curious mind this choice was not a difficult one. Ready-made training plans are not for me, I want to understand what I'm doing, why I'm doing it, and how to do it better. Since I'm reading a lot about exercise physiology, biomechanics and training science to improve my training anyway, I helped myself with a bit system. For the 2019 season I started to study for a Fitness Trainer C-license and Coach for Endurance Sports A-license at the Academy of Sports, taking myself as a case study subject.
My approach is driven by scientific evidence and deep data analysis. Besides self-coaching I currently collect experience in helping friends. In due time, I plan to help out in coaching recreational athletes and youngsters in local clubs.