One of the more interesting things that has come out of conversations with lots of junior cyclists (racers under 19) is that often they've been discouraged from going or staying vegan by their coaches . Most of the time these coaches have little or no actual training in nutrition.
I imagine this holds for many aspiring athletes over 19 as well.
With the growth of personal coaching through the internet, many people who have never been coached are hiring coaches to help guide them through their training.
What I'm interested in is finding vegan-friendly coaches or coaching services.
My experience is limited the very (very) small world of cycling, so I welcome hearing from athletes from all sorts of sports about their experiences.
I've been lucky and have worked with coaches from Cycle-Smart since 2004. Cycle-Smart president, Adam Myerson is a pretty outspoken vegan and his coaches are all very supportive of my dietary choices.
Adam has also written a few articles on vegetarian sports nutrition from his own experience as a supplement to the Cycle-Smart training manual.
The Vegetarian Athlete, Part I: Rules of the Road for the Meat-Free Cyclist
The Vegetarian Athlete, Part II: Micronutrients
The Vegetarian Athlete, Part III: Eating on the Road
So, if you're coached, or have been coached, what has been your experience as a vegan athlete? Was your coach supportive? Unsupportive? Any recommendations for those in the market?