Going the Extra Mile for Endurance Athletes
Many clubs have members who are dedicating their time to train for marathons and triathlons, but how do you know if your club is supporting these members properly?
Erin Carson, the owner and operator of RallySport Boulder, said it’s all about the environment and equipment. “Clubs that want to support their members in training for marathons and triathlons have to be able to offer a consistent environment in which training can be time efficient,” she explained. “Equipment has to be reliable, consistent and available.”
RallySport Boulder offers certain programs that are specifically designed for endurance athletes. These programs include Master’s Swimming, indoor cycling and specialty strength classes geared toward education and performance in endurance events.
Carson also recommended two other key ways trainers can help support members preparing for specific race events. First, she explained trainers have to possess a performance mindset, rather than a fitness mindset. “Having a proven record of outcomes with past members/athletes really helps,” she said. “Second, it truly helps if trainers share the passion for performance in endurance sports. Walking the walk is always a big plus.”
Another way to support members who are training is by cultivating a group training setting. By creating training groups that encourage adherence to training programs, clubs create a great way to not only prepare members for their races, but also foster a community and a deeper connection to the club.
Club teams that are competing and raising money for a worthy cause can also create some cool energy around the club and might draw in more members. Overall, Carson believes any program or class that encourages member-to-member interactions and friendships is beneficial for supporting members who are training for endurance races.
Supporting members who are training for marathons and triathlons can look different club to club. But in order to properly support this niche group of members, your staff must be dedicated and educated.
Regardless of what this looks like at your club, supporting your members in all they do can help make a deeper connection between members and staff, and set you apart from the competition. “I believe the education of my staff and their adherence to continuing education and performance has set us apart in the endurance community of Boulder,” said Carson.