It’s changed since I got coached. One of the big benefits I blogged about originally was the “freedom” being coached offered to my mind. I used to have to think about the long term progressions and build towards an event, but with a coach you trust, you can just switch off from that.
He loads up the following weeks sessions normally on a Friday, starting the next Monday, so I always have a few days notice of stuff at a minimum. And during key parts of the build he might lay out some key sessions a few weeks in advance, and then layer on the rest of the sessions the week before as standard.
We’re always pretty flexible with me dropping notes in my training peaks about upcoming social plans, work trips, meetings, etc, so things might get tweaked around that. But there are some pretty standard sessions that are just there each and every week (when things are normal).
Monday lunchtime endurance swim. Wednesday morning club swim.
My key weekend ride is nearly always Saturday morning and long runs on Sunday. Historically my OW swims have been Sunday morning.
I used to be a bit more flexible with when I fitted other stuff in when just dating, but now we’re living together my gf has her regular classes that she does on certain days of the week. So it’s become fairly logical for me to just do turbo’s and the like at the same time she’s doing those.
I will generally just get stuff done, even if the weather sucks, and the minor element of accountability to a coach helps that. But I have the freedom to move things around if I really want