Enter our competition to win a year's worth of Personal Triathlon Coaching ...

Racepace athlete Wendy Drake has competed for many seasons in the sport of triathlon, covering multiple distances from sprint up to iron distance events.

Over the years, Wendy has developed to the point where she can deliver her best performance when it matters most. Her capacity to interpret her training and subsequently prepare and execute a race is now incredibly high. We're very proud of what she's achieved and how she's achieved it.

She has represented the GB AG team in Australia and Canada and has a significant insight into the benefits of an open, athlete – coach relationship. Always looking for the next challenge, Wendy is keen to develop as a coach herself and pass on the wealth of knowledge she has acquired over the years.

Wendy's soon to undertake her BTF coaching qualifications but is keen to get a head start, so she's looking for an honest, motivated athlete - who's excited at the possibility of being personally coached.

To enter the competition to win up to a year's worth of personal coaching with Wendy, all you need to do is like and share the Facebook post and direct message or email your answers to the following questions along with your full name, address, DOB & telephone number.

  1. What would you like to achieve with a coach.

  2. Reasons why you would make a good athlete to coach.

  3. What are the most important qualities you'd look for in a coach.

The competition is open for entries for 8 weeks from Monday 5th August until Monday 30th September. Wendy will then review all the entries and shortlist three athletes. She'll then contact them by phone for an informal chat and to clarify their personal circumstances.

On 7th October she'll chose the winner based on who she thinks she would work best with and who she thinks would benefit most from being coached. We will publish the winner on social media later that day.

In order for the chosen athlete to maximise the coaching, it's important that they're willing to travel for 1-2-1 coaching sessions. Wendy is based in Langho nr Clitheroe, Lancashire - and the majority of sessions will take place in and around that area ...

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Why I want to be a Triathlon Coach by Wendy Drake

When I started out in the sport of triathlon, I would never have imagined that I could ever consider myself a suitable candidate for becoming a coach. I had bags of enthusiasm for what I considered to be an amazing, although slightly bonkers sport!

I quite quickly realized that despite the immense enjoyment I got from training, I always felt slightly out of my depth at races, and never felt that I was able to give my best performances. At this point I decided to use my sense of frustration in a positive way and decided to get myself a coach to see if I could improve. This proved to be one of the best decisions of my athletic life!

By being a 1-2-1 coached athlete for nearly 7 years I have developed beyond anything I could have imagined. I have been challenged physically and mentally throughout that time and learnt a great deal about training and racing. I have developed my skills and confidence to a point where I feel that I can rise to challenges that I would never have considered possible.

It has been a great experience for me to have a coach working along-side me, encouraging and motivating me to achieve my goals. Now, my intention is to be a 1-2-1 or 'hands-on' coach myself, and I'm excited at the idea of working with enthusiastic and coachable athletes. I think the majority of those who would like to be coached, would want the coach to spend time with them, get to know them personally and invest in helping them become the best athlete they can be.

I don’t believe that this sort of supportive and constructive relationship can be achieved by using an online coach, even if there’s a so-called bespoke training plan. It may help you get fit, but it won’t teach you new skills or help build your awareness and confidence. An online coach can't observe you train. They won’t watch you compete at an event and give feedback in real time. And they won't necessarily be able to identify your strengths or teach you how to prepare properly for a race.

Working face-to-face with someone is in many ways more challenging than following an online coaching plan, even if it is “bespoke”. It requires more accountability, and, if the coach is there for the right reasons, you will be challenged mentally as well as physically. But ultimately, in my opinion, the rewards are much greater. You become far more than a fit athlete. You become a confident, well-rounded, individual who thrives on getting the very best out of yourself.

My goal is to develop and empower the athletes I coach in this way. It’s what I’ve experienced, and I know it works.