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After a cycling coach for mainly road cycling, prefer someone local in Melbourne, Australia.
I hear there are now a lot of online coaches, would be happy to hear your experiences and any recommendations.
I have never been coached before or had any training plans written for me.
Given the SRM is on its way... I'd read through Training and Racing with a Power Meter first, then test yourself and look into the training plans in the back of the book to start with.
Your main issue will be finding coaches locally that have a good understanding of training with Power...
I've heard good reports about Alex Simmons, but he is based in Sydney. http://www.rstsport.com
Full Disclosure - I train with and occasionally race for Marcus.
- Set goals
- Specificity - Make your training match or at least break down your goals
- Balance - Train all energy systems by doing a mix of short, medium and long efforts each week, but also spend a good amount of time riding at base levels or resting
- Progression - Simple linear progression is a good start. Once you plateau, some cycles and periodisation might help
- Monitoring - Write down what you did and how you feel
Get the simple stuff right, then it doesn't really matter if you measure progress using a stopwatch, speedo, HR or power meter - all will get you there.
I am looking for someone capable of doing MTB plans / coaching.
grover wrote:Aaron, definitely talk to Jenny King http://pedallab.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
I will give her a bell later in the week. Have you used Jenny, or know of someone that does?
I'm getting pretty quick on the roadie, just need to transfer that to the MTB now...
I do a bit of riding with people she does coach though and have seen good progress. Whether it be Elite riders wanting to reach the top of the sport, young riders that need some nurturing or those just wanting to get the best out of themselves. She's a podiatrist by trade and is better equipped than most for bike fit which is a benefit. She has links with other health care professionals such as dieticians. She doesn't expect that you utilise all these services but it's good to know all bases are covered if needed. She actually gets out on the bike with you occasionally and with a good pool of riders in Victoria gets a decent bunch mtb ride going where you can pick up some tips/skills from quicker dudes. The service can be very relaxed guidance all the way to daily discussions and personalisation of the program with all facets covered.
P.S. I would completely offer my services to you, at a reasonable price, but I am in the US and not meeting someone, ever, makes it hard to coach them! Distance coaching can be super effective however, no actual contact ever isn't the best course of action. The people at speedcyclingsystems.com seem to have their stuff together, but look like mostly off-roaders (also, the guy's last name is speed, so that alone should get you some wins, right?).
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Here he is smashing everyone (Including a couple of pros) at the St Kilda festival crits a few years ago.
He's got an office/'studio' in St Kilda, but lives bayside, so I think he does the occasional after hours "sit-down" session on his way home from work
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