Guiding Endurance Sport – Caroline Gaynor

KeyWords: Para-cycling, Parasport, guiding, tandems, paratriathlon, purpose, why, training
Caroline Gaynor joins us to tell us about her adventures guiding visually impaired endurance athletes in Ironmans. She talks about training around a full-time job, how to find guiding opportunities and discusses the highs and lows of putting your energy into helping someone experience crossing the finish line.

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BIO

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Carolyn and Molly raced road bikes collegiately together—for different schools and we didn’t know each other that well back then, but there’s a great photo of us racing at a crit together

Where to Find Guiding or to Become a Guide:


Questions 

Caroline’s Racing/training bio

Transition to ironman / crazy endurance stuff from more ‘serious’ racing
-> if require a guide it is good to have many guides for training
When/How  did you get into guiding?
  – asked to cover an ironman 5 weeks out!
  – looking for ‘what was next’
Guiding experience ? 
– have guided 5 including one of first female guided blind athlete
– recruit new guides – hard to connect

What was different, what was the same?

what does training look like now for you?

Balance work and training
  – in college had way more time
  – get miles in for bike and run
  – most effort into bike when can
  – run when travel for work
    -> 2 min at 5k/1-2 min off
     -> treadmill ladders w. Increase speed
– bike- get a coach , use old workouts that have wirked in past .
          -More frequent changes if indoors
  – Caroline is a good swimmer so less time for that
  – strength and sleep
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Best guiding experiences?

– Hawaii
– great finishes, 2 people across line
 – inspire others , overcoming challenges
Cost of guiding?? 
  – most experiences are as volunteer
   – respect other person’s goals and abilities, it is not a free trip

do you miss competing on your own?

which is more stressful: guiding or competing

how can other people get into guiding? 

what are some mistakes new guiding people make? 

best advice for swim guiding/bike guiding/run guiding

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