A Cherokee parable describes a grandfather sharing with his grandson a fable of wolves at war within each of us. We all have a “good” wolf, filled with positive energy, and a “bad” wolf, consumed by frustration, bitterness and negativity.
The “good wolf” is no less fierce than the “bad wolf.” The grandson asks which wolf wins in a fight? To which the grandfather replies, “The wolf you feed.”
Whether you're new to triathlon or distance-running, an aspiring pro, or somewhere in between, Good Wolf Coaching believes linking precision performance data with a strong mental outlook is the winning path in training and racing. While consistent training is vital to achieving success, we believe that the mental and emotional approach to training and racing is even more important.
If your inner wolves have been at war with each other, Good Wolf Coaching can help.
Think of these as your Bill of Rights as a Good Wolf athlete.
These are our five promises to you.
In business and in life, it's good to have a plan.
But not just any plan. YOUR plan. Tailored for you, based on your uniqueness.
INSCYD is a powerful, emerging software platform that some of the world's best pro cycling teams and pro triathletes are quietly using to answer the age-old question: "How much should I consume per hour to maintain performance?"
Good Wolf Coaching is proud to be the first and only certified coach in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties, and among the first 100 coaches in the United States, to use this sophisticated platform with our athletes.
INSCYD will benefit your training schedule and performance with both a scientific foundation and precise predictability. With INSCYD you will get a full picture of your physical capacities and a guide to your training and racing outcomes.
Imagine arriving at a race knowing what you ought to consume to sustain your desired paces.
Imagine training every day knowing your zones are based on lab-level science -- without the high cost and inconvenience of finding a testing lab.
You don't have to be a Good Wolf-coached athlete to benefit from training with INSCYD.
Good Wolf Coaching can partner with your existing coach to create the test parameters and optimal timing, analyze test results, and make recommendations to your coach for a scientific-based training approach.
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Good Wolf Coaching has developed an aspiring pro triathlete, coached advanced clients to podiums and first-time age-group World Championship spots, and guided emerging athletes to previously unseen results. These are some of their stories.
"The family of athletes in Good Wolf Coaching lives the values of Fxck Cancer, and that's why we've been partners since the beginning. Ryan teaches how triathlon can change people's lives for the better, and that means a lot to me. Ryan has a passion for turning each athlete into they best they can be, while having an understanding of life you live outside of the sport.” (Jayson W.)
"I have had several coaches over a number of years but my experience with Ryan and Good Wolf is unparalleled. With Ryan, it is more of a collaboration process of laying out our goals and developing a plan to achieve. Along the way, he is extremely open regarding the science behind our plans. But more importantly, the atmosphere amongst him and the fellow squad is just so positive and inclusive. So glad to be associated with Ryan and team. Cannot recommend them highly enough." (Steve C.)
"All I know is (Ryan is) a really good coach and (he) needs to get that passion and drive out there. It's contagious and hard to find." (Gib, A.)
"I don’t have a single word that defines Ryan - he is the perfect balance of both a coach and a mentor. "
"In my time working with Ryan, I made some of the greatest performance gains of my time in sport, both physically and mentally. Ryan truly works to understand the athlete, meet them where they are, then construct a plan most conducive to that individual athlete achieving his or her goals. This approach, along with Ryan’s drive to continually progress himself as a coach/mentor, makes him an excellent choice for any athlete - from beginner to elite level." (George H.)
"Six weeks out from my first Ironman, I developed a minor meniscal problem in my left knee. Ryan's guidance and training plan tweaks, along with a strategic race day plan, were instrumental in getting me through the final weeks and finish line successfully." (Scott R.)
"Ryan gets it. He designs smart workouts, and is patient with my random travel schedules. I trust his judgment when it comes to helping me reach my goals." (Doug P.)
"My personal perspective on Ryan's skills and effectiveness are not entirely novice. Although I'm not an elite athlete, I have received some fairly demanding and effective special forces training, as well as specialized law enforcement tactical training. I understand the relationship between goals, work and results. Ryan Schneider epitomizes the ability to functionally navigate the process for others as a mentor." (Steve F.)
"I have been in this sport since 1988 and trust me when I say Ryan gets it! He understands work, life, family balance and that is so critical for many of us!" (Dave D.)
"I have worked with Ryan for one season so far, and I am very happy with the results.
I had recently had a blow up in a 70.3 after several months of self training. While my results over the previous few years had improved, my racing and training were still very unsatisfying. Over several months, Ryan helped me train smarter and more importantly race smarter.
Ryan taught me how to get out of my own way and learn to enjoy the process. I got not only better results but more joy from all my hard work." (Jon P.)
When it comes to improvement, I think personal pursuits, career goals and family life are inter-related. Focus too much on any one aspect and we run the risk of increasing debilitating stress, which can lead to injury, illness and flat-out being unhappy with the quality of life itself.
I know, because I've been there before. As a husband, father, game development studio executive, coach and triathlete -- I know how hard it is to maintain a satisfying life balance.
I also know maintaining that balance is possible while racing at a competitive level. I'm a two-time USA Triathlon age-group All-American, Ironman 70.3 World Championship finisher, former member of the Wattie Ink elite triathlon team, and have completed nearly 20 full-distance Ironman and Half-Ironman distance events (along with many more triathlons and running races) while juggling a hectic schedule.
I've trained directly under some of the sport's most well-known coaches whom I'm proud to call mentors, including Gerry Rodrigues and Jim Lubinski at Tower 26 Triathlon Swimming, and Brian Stover and Dusty Nabor at Accelerate3 Coaching. Further, I'm proud to be among the first 100 certified INSCYD coaches in the United States, and the first in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties.
If you are passionate about improvement, I'd love to help you on your journey to better.