In the past few years I have given several talks about the importance of failure as a vital component of success. My story of becoming XTERRA World Champion at age 37 on my 15th try was not a direct line of achievement but a series......
Many of the qualities that Josiah and Yaro have as endurance athletes and their enthusiasm for the outdoors was forged years ago during their organic upbringing. They often refer to their family homestead as the Middaugh training camp because they built nearly every conceivable sporting field on the property, and they could be seen running or cycling all over Northern Michigan. Yaro was always stronger and faster, which served him well in both team sports and track and field, whereas Josiah gravitated to and excelled in distance events. Now they both pursue endurance sports with similar goals but different strengths and weaknesses. Working together has allowed them to share ideas on athletes and training methods. As coaches they have experience working with all types of endurance athletes. They have worked with triathletes, runners, cyclists, adventure racers, and general fitness athletes from the novice to professional. They specialize in block periodization which allows for many peaks throughout the year, and is much more realistic for athletes with many races throughout the year.
All of their coaching is done online through Training Peaks. Training Peaks is a useful tool allowing coaches to keep open communication with athletes. Daily e-mails direct athletes on their next workout and Josiah and Yaro receive e-mails whenever a workout is entered in the training log. The monthly coaching fee includes the Training Peaks subscription and contact via phone and e-mail. Additional services are also available such as video analysis and one-on-one training sessions.
Middaugh Coaching has helped me tremendously with my training for triathlons. The workouts are personalized, detailed and challenging, yet achievable. Every triathlete, whether professional or beginner, will benefit from the knowledge and information you will receive from them. Middaugh Coaching the real deal in an industry full of wannabes and is the standard by which any coach should be measured.
Over the course of a few months training Middaugh coaching completely prepared me to compete in my first triathlon. During these months of training Josiah's extensive knowledge and background in endurance competition provided a resource that is of immeasurable value. Including pre-race coaching, what to expect in each stage/section of a triathlon, minimizing downtime in transitions and proper nutrition. It allowed myself to go from a complete novice athlete to someone who has the confidence and preparation to compete in many more races in the near future.