I’ve never been the most powerful rider or athlete at 165 cm and 53 kg. Even in school I was of less stature than other pupils, so I had to work out ways of gaining an advantage over them to win, believe me I wanted to WIN. For me this was about technique, skill, reading game play and being fully committed. I represented my school in regional competitions at high jump, javelin, cross country running, football and rugby. This was not down to stature but using my head and technique. I have brought this thinking with me into cycle racing and finally into my Coaching ethos.
It’s not just about how powerful you are, it’s about how you put it all together.
My Cycling Background
I’m in my 40’s and I still enjoy my racing, I also work as a boat builder and I have a social/family life. I compete in Road races which last 2-4 hrs and Hilly time trials, I specialise in racing Hill Climbs, Cyclocross and Criteriums, I also Mountain bike for fun and adventure.
I’ve been racing for nearly 15 yrs where I have reached CAT 1 status in Road Racing gaining some wins along the way, finished top 10 in the British National Hill Climb Championships and won the Veterans National Hill Climb Title in 2018. I myself have been coached in the past which I believe helps me understand the athletes/your needs. I train between 8 and 10 hrs most weeks and still compete at a good level. I’ve never been a pro and this I believe helps me better understand your needs.
I don’t believe that one approach suits everyone, each athlete is different and unique and that is why they need an Individualized plan to suit them.
My Coaching Background
I have been coaching now for 8 yrs, first starting off coaching close friends and team mates then expanding slowly as others asked to be coached. In this time I have completed the British Cycling Level 2 award, become an Accredited Anti Doping adviser, completed Training Peaks University course, Training Peaks Power Certification as well as the Advanced Training with Power and Data using WKO5 software.