Every Fall the one hundred plus athletes of Bart Coaching to sit down with their coach and have a 1-on-1 session to review their past season and plan for the next.
After figuring out an athlete’s goals, schedule, and availability, head coach Bart Rolet says that in the past he would go home in order to build an Annual Training Plan with training loads that made sense given the athlete’s past experience.
“It was quite a long process,” says Bart. “I was doing it manually on a spreadsheet.”
Building ATPs live, in front of athletes, using Bereda.
After adopting Bereda, Bart says that he is now able to build ATPs live, in person, with each of his athletes during their 1-on-1 sessions.
“It proved to be really really efficient.”
When asked how the athletes are responding to the new format of the meetings, Bart said “They love it. They love how everything is right in front of them, so there is no hiding anything from the athlete.”
Bart explained the benefit of mocking up different scenarios for athletes on the computer screen, giving an example: “If you have two races back to back, look what it’s doing. You can’t peak all the time during the season. Visually, they can understand better when we explain what they should do. It gives them confidence in what we’re saying to them.”
When he made plans at home, this type of explanation would fall through the cracks. “Being able to do it during the meeting is just better for everybody.”
Periodization and understanding the season’s structure
Bereda lets coaches build a library of custom training periods, which can then be drag and dropped into the mesocycles on a plan.
“We do all the periods during the meeting,” Bart told us. Once an athlete’s weakness is identified, “We can say, you need more force, so we’re going to focus this period on developing your strength on the bike. So the athlete can see when he’s going to get that work, and that if he misses the work here, he doesn’t have time to do it later. So he can say, ‘I have to do my work, it’s now or never.'”
Building confidence between an athlete and a coach
Now that they’re using Bereda, the athletes of Bart Coaching know there is a target for every week.
“The good thing is these numbers are really personalized to the athlete,” Bart told us.
“In terms of the relationship between the coach and the athlete it’s really really unique because when the athlete receives an update he knows that it’s really for his training plan and his numbers. That’s an issue with many coaching companies. They have so many athletes, every week you have a weekly update and you’re just like ‘okay next week you do that’, but why? What have I done last week, what am I going to do next week, is it really for me? Is it really the load I need?”
He adds, “In Bereda, you adapt the plan. It’s dynamic, that’s what’s cool, it’s not a static plan that you design at the beginning and that’s it. It’s super dynamic so you react to what the athlete is doing.”
When you develop and maintain an ATP together, the athlete knows that the training they get each week is specific to them. Bart confirms, “It gives confidence between an athlete and a coach, you know you’re working on the same way.”
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