It's been one week now that I publicly announced the squad formation and reception has been great. I've received inquires about the squad from more than 30 athletes, and around 10 have sent in complete applications. We're still 2 weeks from the deadline to turn in applications, so keep them coming!
Since I've gotten many questions regarding the squad, I thought I would publish a FAQ. If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
Professional Triathlon Training Squad
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What is it?
A new-concept professional triathlon squad. Under my direction, this new squad offers both emerging and established elite triathletes a high-level training squad operating mainly in North America
What is its mission?
The mission of the squad is to develop elite triathletes capable of competing successfully at international level. Triathlon is a sport where athletes don’t reach their full potential and race their best until several years after starting to race at the professional level. Therefore, the purpose of this program is to provide a comprehensive, positive and supportive environment that prepares emerging elite triathletes for their highest performance ability in the coming years. Toward that end, the program provides an optimal training environment as well as the guidance necessary to gradually yet progressively develop the skills required for world-class performances in triathlon.
Who is Coach Paulo Sousa?
I am a certified triathlon coach who has the unique ability to combine the science of endurance training with the art of real-world coaching. A student of the sport for close to 15 years, I continue to apply advances in sports science to his training programs. My influences include “Doc” Counsilman, Jan Olbrecht, Tim Noakes, Jack Daniels, Brett Sutton and Joel Filliol.
What are the core values of the squad?
- Commitment to excellence
- Loyalty and honesty
- Long-term approach to high performance
- Stability of methods and technical approaches
What are the basic attributes athletes belonging to the squad need to possess?
- Ability to recognize challenge and adjust mentally and physically to positively face the challenge
- Enjoy competing with yourself and others
- See the benefit of a competitive environment to personal development
- See obstacles as a necessary and useful part of the learning process
- Display initiative, self responsibility and independence in quest for progression
- Ability to prioritize lifestyle to encompass all the work needed to progress
- Acceptance of the different forms and tools that offer feedback
- Ability to turn negative criticism into a positive learning tool
- “Be the best you can be, everyday”
What is the process to join the squad?
Selection for the squad will be composed of two phases:
Phase 1 – Application to join the squad (October 2010).
Phase 2 – Evaluation after attending a trial training camp (January 2011).
Phase 1? What is that?
Applications for Phase 1 of the project are open until October 31st, 2010. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your athletic resume and a statement on your motivation to join the squad. All athletes applying to the squad will receive a reply, stating their acceptance or not into the squad. The athletes selected for Phase 2 will be announced on November 15th.
What if I go through to Phase 2?
Those athletes will attend a two-week training camp in Las Cruces, NM in January 2011. At the camp, the athletes will be evaluated as to their potential to be part of the squad in 2011.
I am already an established athlete, do I have to go through Phase 1?
No. If you’re an already established athlete with excellent results, please contact me directly.
I am not a pro, should I apply?
If you believe you can be a world-class athlete, you should apply.
How will the squad function in 2011?
The training camps will be the center of activity of the squad in 2011. Locations for training camps will not be decided by lifestyle considerations, but on what is the best training environment for the athletes to work. The squad will have a semi-permanent location for 2012 and beyond.
Where and when will the training camps be?
Training camp #1 – Las Cruces, NM – January 15th to January 30th
Training camp #2 – Tucson, AZ– February 19th to March 13th
Training camp #3 – Las Cruces, NM – April 9th to May 8th
Training camp #4 – TBA – June 6th to July 3th
Training camp #5 – TBA – August 8th to September 4th
I can’t join the squad, but I would love to be coached by Paulo, is that still possible?
Yes. The squad will run concurrently with my online coaching practice. Those athletes coached by me will have privileged access to the squad.
I’m an age-grouper and I would love to have a chance to train with the squad, is that possible?
Yes. There will be training camps specifically targeted to age-groupers and running at the same time as the squad camp. The format of these camps will be announced shortly.
Will the elements of the squad have to race the same races?
No. Athletes in the squad will have individual race schedules. Occasionally, it is possible that more than one squad member will be racing the same race , but that will depend on individual goals.
Is coach Paulo going to be present at every race?
My presence at races will depend on financial support from the athletes. In the case where there will be several athletes at the same race, it will be very inexpensive for athletes to pitch in and support my travel expenses.
Who else is joining the squad?
Do you want to join the squad for yourself and what you want to accomplish, or for the athletes that will be in the squad? The squad will provide an opportunity to work in a team environment with like-minded individuals, that is the main strength of the squad.
How much will this cost me?
The main cost of belonging to the squad is lodging/food during the training camps.
I want to join the squad, but I want to keep my current coach, is that possible?
No. But you might want to ask yourself if you are working in an environment that will allow you to achieve your goals.