ASK COACH: TEAM GB TRIATHLETE MARK YEOMAN
Mark, How Did You Get into Triathlon?
Why Did You Decide to Set Up Your Own Club and Become a Coach?
Viceroys was set up originally by a group of likeminded people in 2006 looking to train together and share their stories along the way. At the end of the first year through lack of direction the club faded away.
As my own personal results progressed over the next couple of years so did the questions from friends or people around me. So with that in mind I decided to restart Viceroys and provide people with a club to join to be proud of but wasn’t intimidating to join in. Clubs can put people off with the over competitive nature of a few, however Viceroys was designed to be warm and friendly and if you wanted to attend all the sessions to improve you could or if you simply wanted to meet up for a coffee and cake ride or chat down the lake after your swim then you could do that too. Zero stress.
Being a passionate PE teacher, coaching was a simple extension to what I was doing and I greatly enjoyed group coaching and tailor making specific, individual coaching programmes and helping people achieve their goals. I have around 30 – 40 athletes on my programme who are looking to either complete their first triathlon through to those wanting to improve or gain selection to represent their country.
Getting guidance through 1-2-1 sessions down at the lake for example or a training program is key to achieving those goals. It’s like having someone with you all the time and many of my athletes with call me or drop me an email about a forthcoming session, race or kit advice. Knowledge is about it being passed on and as a coach and experienced triathlete I see this as one of my key roles.
What Would you Say Have Been Your Best Achievements to Date?