Hello, my name is Jerry but a lot of folks just call me Coach. Before I tell you a little about myself I would like to explain why I am writing about myself. I normally do not blow my own horn. But I truly believe that it is important that if you are going to listen to what a person has to say and then take that information to purchase a product then I believe that person should validate their credibility.
After working as an engineer for 23 years I decided to change careers and started teaching high school math and coaching the high school boys and girls track and field as well as cross country teams. I have been running for over 50 years and competing as a triathlete for over 30 years. I ran and competed in high school, college, was on the US Army Track Team and have completed numerous marathons (including the Boston Marathon) and triathlons.
My career as a high school coach did not start out well. To make a long story short the teams I started with were terrible. I realized immediately that all of my years of training myself would be needed to improve these teams. What happened over the next ten years was beyond even my high expectations. Over this ten year period the teams won seven conference championships, three state championships, and qualified for three national championships.
In addition to all of this more than two dozen athletes went on to compete at the college level.
This success was attributed to hard work, dedicated athletes, much support from parents and school administration as well as a detailed athlete specific training regime.
One of the most important tools that I started using was a heart rate monitor. I purchased my first Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS with Heart Monitor. It was a used one that I purchased from a triathlete that was upgrading to a newer model, the Garmin Forerunner 310xt GPS with heart monitor.
I had personally been competing as a triathlete for about 12 years before I actually started coaching in high school. I started using the Garmin Forerunner heart monitor about 6 years after I started competing as a triathlete. The heart monitor itself was a little bulky on my wrist but after several weeks I got used to it. I did a lot of research and spoke to other athletes on how to utilize the heart monitor in my personal triathlon training. As I learned more and more about the heart monitor and started utilizing it to improve my training I started to see a remarkable improvement in my triathlon as well as running results. Being an engineer and math teacher I was very interested in the technical aspect of using the heart monitor. I was finally able to track my heart rate as well as other data that I finally had available to me such as distance traveled, average cadence, elevation increase/decrease, average heart rate, highest heart rate and much more.
Once I starting coaching in high school I took what I had learned and applied to my training to the training of many of my high school athletes. I was able to purchase a second used Garmin Forerunner 305 GPs to use in my high school coaching career. I did not use the heart monitor watches the first 2-3 years because I wanted my athletes to know what it was to be a runner and not burden them down with all of the technical things associated with a heart monitor. I did utilize the same training technics that I was using in my training but without the heart monitor.
I will say that once I started to use the heart monitor on select athletes I saw an immediate improvement in their training, their competition results as well as their willingness to train more and harder.
I could go on and on about the success that I had as a coach and the great student/athletes that I had an opportunity to coach and teach math in the classroom.
But this website is all about helping you to select the best heart monitor for you but more important how to utilize it to meet your goals.
I hope that I can help you achieve your goals and hope you will contact me to let me know how you are doing and ask me questions that you need answers. I will do my best to answer them for you.