Q: What if I don't know what races I want to do this year?
A: The nice thing about this program is that we can take it one step at a time. We can build a plan for short term goals while keeping long term desires in mind. We can either plan the full year, or plan the next step, and everything in-between. Good coaching is malleable and adaptable and plans are made, knowing they may change. This coaching format works well with change.
Q: I'm not sure which program to enroll myself in, how do I figure that out?
A: You don't! After enrollment we schedule a meeting with you to discuss your plans, thoughts and desires. We get to know you and we come up with a starting point together. Then we take care of the rest!
Q: How does payment work again?
A: You pay an enrollment fee, complete our getting started steps, and then we meet for an in-depth phone chat. That meeting is extensive where we get to know you, understand your season, your history, you name it! During that meeting we decide which phase you are going to start with and then we get to work on writing your schedule. Once it's posted and ready to go, your coaching fees begin. They are paid based on a weekly rate, but billed every 4 weeks. So if you enter into IronTide and we decide you are going to do a 12 week running block over the winter, we write you 12 weeks of schedule. On the first Monday your schedule is posted we would bill $180, and then bill every 4 weeks until your block is up. Before the 12 weeks is up, we agree on the next course of action and change coaching fees as needed.
Q: What if my schedule needs to change when I'm in IronTide?
A: You mean, WHEN your schedule needs to change! All schedules need tweaking and adapting over time. We have weekly office hours that are in live webinar format. When you attend we pull up your schedule and make the changes needed right in front of you in response to what is needed. We also have a private community (in Facebook) where you can ask general or specific questions, including making a request for a schedule change. Chances are if you have a question, someone else has the same one. All of our coaches frequent that page daily. Finally, if your question is personal in nature, we have a private Q&A email line for those sorts of questions.
Q: I want to start coaching later, but want to hold my spot?
A: You can pay the enrollment fee now, hold your spot, have a meeting with Sonja and decide on a start date at that time. You can then either decide to enter into Auto-pilot for the time between so you have access to the community and bonus goodies, or you can delay your start date and additional fees to a later date.
Q: Can you tell me the fees and how they are charged and how the workouts are communicated (e.g. Training Peaks, email, other)?
A: So, all Coach Mikki does is write schedules (okay, she does Mars research too). She has a PhD in geology (was on the project that just found the first lake on Mars) and she is a data queen. She keeps up to date with all the nuances of Training Peaks, and she loves the data. So she takes the first crack at everyone’s schedules. Then your coach of choice reviews and approves every schedule that goes out the door. Schedules are posted in Training Peaks, and everyone is upgraded to a Premium account in there. We mostly train off of heart rate, can incorporate power if you have it, but always rely on perceived exertion and “know thyself” as the most important data measure.