Scot Van Asten
|Name||Scot Van Asten|
|Bachelor Of Science-Kinesiology University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire|
|National Endurance Strength Trainers Association (NESTA)|
|Cycling (Road, Mtb, Cyclocross), Running, Triathlon|
Date of Birth:
September 16, 1976
Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Appleton- Wisconsin; Eau Claire- Wisconsin; Springfield- Missouri; Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; Madison, WI
“Champions are everywhere, all you have to do is train them properly”
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Exercise Physiology & History
I decided to pursue training and education as a coach because:
Coaching is the best way for me to apply and share my knowledge of exercise physiology and sport. It’s an ideal avenue to travel to new places, meet new people, and challenge myself and others on a daily basis. The reward of helping an athlete reach a goal is like nothing else I’ve ever experienced.
I decided to join CTS because:
CTS is simply the best! As the leader of the industry I wanted to be part of the elite team of coaches who sets the bar for coaching quality and standards.
What I liked best about the CTS coaching residency program:
The continuing education curriculum and networking with other coaches.
The greatest lesson I learned during the CTS coaching residency program:
The importance and effectiveness of using power as a training tool for cyclists.
I like coaching for CTS because:
I have a flexible schedule and get to correspond with enthusiastic and motivated athletes from all over the world each day.
My most rewarding coaching experience:
Too many to list but nearly each week someone experiences a new high, a personal best, or overcomes a challenge they thought was not possible. Additionally it is always rewarding to meet athletes at their goal events and watch them succeed.
The best thing about being a coach is:
Receiving a phone call about a successful day of training or positive race result!
My coaching philosophy is:
Train slow so you can train fast plus a dose of patience, dedication, & trust.
I have guided many athletes in a variety of sports to top finishes, personal records, and beyond what they thought they were capable of achieving.
My coaching goals:
To give each athlete the guidance, support, and knowledge needed to achieve their respective goals and to do it by developing a training strategy that accommodates their lifestyle.
My proudest moment as a coach:
2007 Outdoor Track & Cross Country Season with the Harrisburg Cougars
My worst coaching experience:
An athlete who had given up, lost his internal drive, despite a 110% effort on my part
My most embarrassing coaching experience:
Nothing so far……..
My area of coaching expertise is:
Cycling & Running
My strongest coaching quality is:
Dedication to my athletes. I take each athlete’s goal and make it my own.
Athletic Career Highlights
When I started cycling and what got me started:
I started cycling after being talked into purchasing my first mountain bike while working at a sporting goods store during high school (1995).
Numerous Road and Cyclocross victories, Several Trail Running Race Wins & Regional Duathlon Series Champion, White River 50
What cycling and running means to me:
It gives me the chance to share sweat, competition, and conversation with many individuals I would never otherwise have the opportunity to meet. Traveling to events is also a great way to see some new and exciting places.
What I like best about cycling and running:
The variety of places I can ride and run. Everyday can be a new adventure if I choose.
What I would have done differently in my competitive days if I knew what I know now:
While training I would have rode & run slowly more often
What I would not change:
The races I have competed in, even the bad ones
My near and far-term athletic goals:
Continue to race cyclocross, triathlon, and ultra distance running races
Activities I do for fun and exercise:
Run & Ride
My favorite race/competition and why:
Cycling: Super Week – coolest amateur cycling stage race in the country and also happens to be near my home town.
Running-Mt. Washington Road Race- this is the place pain and pleasure intersect
My best athletic experience:
“Praire”-Roubaix in Minnesota - first bike race I ever won
My worst athletic experience:
Mt Evans Hill Climb in Colorado….took bonking to a new level!
My most embarrassing athletic experience:
Riding with a friend who had to use a church bathroom for an “emergency” while church was in session.
My strongest athletic quality is:
People who say what they “can’t do”
I get pumped up for competition by:
Listening to music
When I’m not coaching or training I like to:
Read, watch sports on television, drink coffee
The person I most admire in the world is:
My wife, Christine
The mentor who influenced me the most is:
Professor at university
The best advice I ever got was:
”Don’t underestimate your abilities”
I can be characterized as:
The neatest thing I ever found on a run/ride was:
The Southern Alps
Something non-sports related that no one would guess about me:
I enjoy a nice glass of wine and have been known to enjoy a fresh pint of Guinness
If I wasn’t a coach, I would be:
Adventure Travel Guide
My favorite meal/dessert is:
“Bad” food I just can’t resist:
chips and salsa
My favorite music is:
My favorite psych-up music is:
My favorite book is:
Arthur Lydiard’s Master Coach
My favorite website is/websites are:
My favorite place in the world is:
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
When traveling, I never leave without:
My running shoes
In my car you’ll find:
PowerBars and trail running shoes
The oldest piece of sports equipment I am still using:
Rock Climbing Shoes
In 2020, I plan to be:
Racing and competing as much as I ever have
The best small bit of advice I can give is:
Don’t be afraid to set high goals
If I could meet anyone in the world, it would be:
Brother Colm O’Connell
Where I would most like to go and what I would most like to do on a dream vacation:
Go back to Ireland and run in the Wicklow’s
Pure relaxation is:
Riding or running effortlessly on the perfect road or trail
I’m a real slacker when it comes to:
Early morning rides
You would never mistake me for:
Hobbies and interests:Trivia