About Para Endurance Coaching

Para Endurance Coaching has the mission to help others achieve their athletic and wellness goals in a safe, purposeful, and healthy manner. “Para” means to “come alongside”. That is the heart of our coaching services: alongside, together, supported, encouraged, and enabled to be successful. Our athletes improve their physical abilities as well as their knowledge base in endurance sports. This fosters confidence to overcome obstacles and exceed boundaries they previously didn’t believe they could in their journey. The culmination of their athletic experience translates positively over into daily life.

Scott Bennefield is the man behind Para Endurance Coaching. He exemplifies what it means to have the ‘essentials’ as well as the ‘credentials’. As it has been said many times about vehicles, running shoes and even Indiana Jones says about himself, “it’s not the years, it’s the mileage”. Scott’s personal journey is comprised of over 40 years as a pastor; 25 of those years in competitive endurance sport; multiple finishes at the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 distances; almost a decade as a certified coach, recent caretaker for his daughter, and now being a cancer survivor. These and much more authentic life endeavors have provided a rich experience of success and failure in getting to the finish line. With all this mileage of life, it has forged in him a blend of empathy, patience, competency, insight, and a little bit of wisdom needed for a healthy and prosperous coach/athlete relationship. (More info on Scott and his story here)

Scott Bennefield IM finish line

In our current culture, there are many who practice non-personal, quick fix, “one-size fits all” approaches. This might work for some, but is not always in your long term best interest. If you are wanting to capitalize on your time, efforts, and results, which comes from custom training plans and guidance that is specific to your needs and goals, then check us out. We start where you are and help you get where you need to be. Whether you are just starting or a seasoned athlete, we are here for you. Want to make minor improvements, or struggling to overcome serious challenges? Able bodied or adaptive athlete? We finish together.

As part of my coaching services, athletes will receive:

  • Strategic coaching in balancing athletic goals while navigating life issues
  • Periodized training program based on your schedule and goals
  • Weekly training schedule
  • Phone and email access to coach
  • Consultation & partnership deals on equipment and nutrition
  • Mental and physical training tips and techniques
  • Guidance on recovery
  • Pre and post race consultation
  • Appropriate data analysis
  • Geography is not a hindrance
  • Relevant insight on racing and endurance events

Para Endurance in Action

Camps and Clinics

Paratriathlon Camps

Adaptive Athletic Camps

Swim Clinics

Fun Run Clinics

Individualized training

FTPo (Functional Threshold Power) testing

Personalized swim technique instruction

Bio-mechanical movement assessments

Group ride training

Support for Injured Military

Injured Military Camps and Clinics

Injured Military Triathlons and Races

Frequently Asked Questions

What are all your qualificications and certifications?
  • USAT
    Level 2 certified coach (2018)
  • USAT Paratriathlon 
    certified coach (2017)
  • US Masters Swim
    certified coach Level 1 & 2 (2017)
  • USA Cycling
    Level 3 – certified coach with Distinction (2013)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine
    Certified Personal Trainer (2016)
    Fitness Nutrition Specialist (2017)
    Performance Enhancement Specialist (2019)
  • Training Peaks Certified
    Level 1– (October 2017)
  • TRX 
    certified instructor (2012)
  • Journey Paratriathlon Camp
    Founder & Director
  • Catapult Paratriathlon Camp (Houston, TX)
    Designer & Director (2019)
  • Paratriathlon Representative 
    USAT: South Central Region (2018) 
    Rocky Mountain Region (2016-2018)
  • Dare2Tri (Chicago, IL)
    Coach: Injured Military Paratriathlon Camp (2018 / 2019 / 2020)
    Learn2Tri Paratriathlon Camp (2019)
    Volunteer Coach: Paratriathlon Camp (2016)
  • Challenged Athletes Foundation (San Diego, CA)
    Assistant Coach: Paratriathlon Camp (2016)
  • USA Paratriathlon/PVA Wheelchair Talent ID Camp
    Coach: Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO (2019)
  • Triathlon Business International Conference & USAT Race Director Summit 2019
    panelist & presenter “How to Include Adaptive Athletes in Triathlon”
  • No Sight, No Limits Paratriathlon Camp (Chula Vista, CA)
    Assistant coach – Chula Vista Elite Training Center (2018)
  • Adaptive Adventures- Albuquerque VA Adaptive Cycling Clinic 
    (March & October 2018)
  • Master Coach
    Bolton Endurance Sports Training (2019)
  • American Red Cross
    Certified CPR/AED (February 2020)
  • SafeSport
    Trained – (July 2019), Completion Code: 7ecc858c-6ffa-4f86-8355-d34bba41900e
  • National Center for Safety Initiatives
    Status: safe, ID Number: 9437-9500-3423-7115
Who do you train?

Adult men & women; novice and experienced; personal strength & conditioning; paratriathlon; triathlon; form analysis; bio-mechanical assessment; swimming; cycling; running; overall wellness

What does your program training consist of?

Assessment; agreement on goals; custom periodization programming; review; reset

Does your training program have commitment time frames?

For triathlon/multi-sports the commitment is 6 months; personal health training and single sports are negotiable time frames

What are the first steps to being trained?
  1. Complete & submit intake forms
  2. Consultation – either in person or call
  3. Commitment – both parties agree to go forward
Do you train athletes who are local to Albuquerque, NM or geographically abroad?

Both.

What are vital elements in a coach/athlete relationship?
  • Chemistry – In my experience, and those I respect as
    coaches, this is held as the highest valued element in
    establishing and maintaining a successful relationship.
    Embracing all the pleasant and the challenging aspects of a
    covenant requires a strong connection and forthright
    communication from both sides of the equation.
    Without credible chemistry, all the knowledge, work, time,
    and passion invested will have be ineffective and not reach
    its potential.
  • Competency – Both the coach and athlete must
    demonstrate a “coachable attitude” in order to be successful.
    No one knows it all. Knowledge will evolve, but there are no
    mysterious secrets known to a select group. Therefore, we
    all maintain a learning posture.
  • Coherence – This relationship is a growing process as the
    athlete and coach navigate the joys and challenges of
    training and racing while maintaining balance in life. It will
    involve stress that can promote or hinder the unity towards
    reaching the goals. A healthy approach will urge us to exhibit
    character, be realistic, view attitude being vital as ability, and
    accept critique as constructive, not destructive.
  • Colleague – While there nothing wrong with striving for
    accolades and awards, the key to obtaining success lies in
    progress, not perfection. We are in this to begin and finish
    together. You can have the confidence that you are never
    alone in your endeavors.
What is the investment value options with Para Endurance Coaching?

Click the link below to schedule a call to discuss options.

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