Exciting news for you today as we welcome a new coach to the Rising Tide Triathlon company - Coach Hailey. I am super excited for you to meet Hailey as she is another hardworking, awesome athlete! Interested in learning more? Well, read on to learn how Hailey got into triathlons, what inspires her, and what her coaching philosophy is for her athletes.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Delaware, OH. However, I currently live in Redwood City, CA, working as a Banker.
How did you discover your love for triathlons?
Through my sister. My sister did a tri before me while she was in grad school. When I moved to California in 2002, she was still doing them and in 2004, I did my first "Tri for Fun" with her and I've been hooked ever since.
Now that you have quite a few triathlons under your belt, which leg is your favorite?
So, is coaching something you knew you always wanted to do?
Not initially. I think I didn't believe I had enough knowledge, but now I have been around in the sport for so long I feel like I do have something to give back. I am excited to help others achieve their goals.
Okay, if you could only tell me three things about yourself, what would you choose?
- I love to move my body
- I love really good espresso and wine
- I always look on the bright side - thus LOVE the sun and hate gloomy days
Do you have any pets?
Nope. We travel a bit too much right now to have any.
Important question here: what food could you not live without?
Bacon and kale. Life would be sad without bacon and kale.
Any sports other than triathlon you used to do/currently do?
Yoga. If I didn't do tri, I would probably be a big yogi.
Who is your role model/hero?
My mom. She gave me the gift of loving fitness and she is still so active and strong.
Alright - what is the craziest thing that's ever happened to you in a race?
Ok, I have a truly TERRIBLE memory - when bad things happen, I usually forget them. So, the craziest thing might be at Ironman Texas 2016. I could hear the thunder as I made my way to the finish and not long after I finished, the storm really opened up and folks on course had to stop. I got stuck in the massage/med tent for about an hour while we waited for the weather to clear. It was the craziest weather I've ever experienced on course.
HAILEY'S COACHING PHILOSOPHY:
What is your coaching philosophy?
I believe with good, consistent work, everyone can achieve their goals. I advocate listening to your body and really focusing on nutrition/recovery to optimize results. I will be my athletes' biggest cheerleader, but I come with a side of tough love when necessary.
What is your favorite part about being a coach?
The best part for me is hearing about both the ups and downs in training, and helping people to problem solve so they can become their best athletic self.
So, what do you hope your athletes learn from you? And vice versa, what do you hope to learn from them?
I hope to teach my athletes even though we will work really hard to achieve results, we need to be having FUN while we do it. I know they will teach me patience and perspective.
We all face obstacles in our training cycles. How do you help your athletes overcome obstacles, whether physical or mental?
I tend to be a problem solver, so I will ask questions to try to help determine the root cause of the issue. I also reassure them this is normal for everyone and as long as we stay consistent, we can overcome any obstacle.
How do you balance your time between coaching, work and your own training?
This is something Coach Jess and I have been talking about a lot lately. I think it is good to set aside time for each and when you are in that block of time, you have to tell yourself, "I have nothing to do right now but X." Doing this lets me really focus on what I need to do and not bounce around from one thing to the next in each moment. Setting blocks of time aside for each task helps me ensure success in each area.
Tell us, what does your training look like when you're prepping for a big race?
When I'm in big training mode, life gets a little less "exciting" from an outsider's perspective. I tend to hunker down a bit. I try to make sure I get 8 hours of sleep every night, and I try to be best prepared for the next day by packing my work/training/food bags the night before so all I d when I get up is GO! I focus throughout each day to ensure I am getting enough kcals at the right time and hydrating so I can get the most out of every session.
I also have a big focus on mobility so I will spend time each night in front of the tv rolling, stretching and (trying to) mobilize my body so it keeps humming without injury.
Who inspires you?
I am inspired by really strong women who have crafted balance in their lives. Women who kick booty in tri and then turn around and kick booty at work, as a mom, etc.
So finally, what was your favorite triathlon you ever ran? And why?
My fave will always be Kona. I love the heat, humidity and that island. Madame Pele has her hooks in!
So there you have it! Now you know a little bit about Coach Hailey and why we are SO excited to have her on board with us here at Rising Tide Triathlon Coaching.
If you are interested in working with Hailey or learning more about our coaching programs, CLICK HERE. We can't wait to talk with you!