Buckets of Internal Drive
In the absence of an objective set of eyes to propel athletes along the road to fitness, intrinsic motivation simply must be present in those opting to go it alone.
“If the train is only half full of coal it’s not going to run at full steam,” one of my old training partners used to say. Madsen agrees.
“Internal drive is possibly the most important factor of all, because, without a strong personal motivation, being self-coached simply isn’t possible. Triathlon is a sport that demands many hours of training, perseverance and tweaking. No matter if you’re coached or self-coached, you need that internal motivation to wake you up in the early morning and keep you going for those after work sessions when you’re feeling beat before you even start.”
The first question one needs to ask when considering the idea of coaching yourself, according to Madsen, is do you have enough ongoing internal drive.