Today’s guest is Sue Sotir. Sue is currently a coach at Breakthrough Performance Coaching, where she coaches athletes from complete endurance/triathlon beginners to those that cross the finish line at the Ironman World Championships.
Today’s guest is Sue Sotir. Sue is currently a coach at Breakthrough Performance Coaching, where she coaches athletes from complete endurance/triathlon beginners to those that cross the finish line at the Ironman World Championships. Before Breakthrough, Sue was a D3 swimmer at Tufts University and raced her first triathlon in 1989. Since then, she has raced triathlons from sprint to Ironman distances. In this episode, I discuss with Sue the training and coaching aspects of swimming, the art and science of coaching an athlete for an endurance event, as well as performance nutrition and post-race recovery. As someone new to endurance sports, some of her thoughts around stretching, nutrition, and recovery were eye-opening for me and may also be for a lot of you listening. Hope this episode provides some new and valuable insight for all you athletes out there!
00:01:40 Her expertise as a coach, swimming background
00:09:35 Swimming's impact on the body vs. running and cycling
00:13:15 Importance of technique in swimming
00:19:15 When did she start coaching
00:24:21 Her coaching philosophy
00:26:04 Why do people want to do Ironman triathlons?
00:29:33 The art of coaching
00:33:23 Journaling/tracking training, good-better-how
00:38:10 Yoga for endurance training, is stretching beneficial?
00:44:35 Importance of body self awareness during training
00:48:35 How long should you train before doing your first Ironman?
00:51:00 How did she get into competing in triathlons
00:53:58 Effects of stress on training*
00:59:22 Nutrition pre-race and during the race
01:14:45 Recovery and rest after and Ironman
01:20:00 What's kept her driven as a competitor and coach
01:23:14 Words of motivation for someone looking to compete in their first endurance event
*Stress is the best predictor of injury, but past injury is also another good predictor of future injury