After a few posts of not really saying much about what a great coach, I have decided to put in a few good words: Chuckie V. I know that it is not usually the case (if hardly ever) that an athlete gets a chance to work one-to-one with their coach. I know a lot of people go the route of emails, programs and camps. Chuckie and I do this as well but when I get the chance to take some time off work and train with Chuckie day in and day out - the benefits are (and will be) unbelievable. Everyday I learn about training, nutrition, (and odd topics/politics/personal opinions - a lot of these - in which I just tune out his voice :) !) but most of all, how to train and be a truly professional athlete. He really is a great coach - or I wouldn't let him bark orders at me! He seems to take on a very personal approach to his athletes - in the programs and emails that he writes and also on a level where he truly wants to see them succeed in their dreams/goals. He has every detail down to the tee. He answers your everyday mindless (if not relentless) questions as quick as you send them out. And he offers not just training guidance but life guidance. He preaches he is not a life coach - but he just as well could be! He is the one person I know that can live in the wild and BE HAPPY - with nothing but a backpack. In our day and age, meeting someone who really is happy with nothing is remarkable.
And all of who he is and what he stands for stems into his coaching. He is very smart at what he does and explains things to you so you can get it, understand it and USE it. Just go to his blog! Through my limited knowledge of how coaches these days set out their programs and online training schedules, it seems as though a lot of coaches go the generic route and provide you with the minimal guidelines (if not cookie-cutter and pasted) to their athletes; i.e., swim 1 hour, run 1hour, and bike 2hours at 80%. What does that mean? Chuckie, on the other hand, gives you more detail and specifics that every day is a learning experience. He teaches you to coach yourself and continually claims that YOU are your best coach, if you're only willing to learn. Why pay someone to tell you what to do for a year and you learn nothing out of it? He is very smart, motivated and inspires you to be the best you are capable of being in this sport.
I have only been one of Chuckie V.'s athletes since April 2007 but I think I learned more from him in the last 8 months than I have with my 12 years since I started running as a track athlete.
I only have one bad thing to say about him - he writes very well and will correct your grammar and spelling like you are a student in his English class. I have yet to get above a D yet, and I apologize if it shows here!