WHY YOU NEED A COACH

I'm often asked "Why you need a coach?" by riders who have historically done their own thing and coached themselves.

Cycling goals are varied. Personal challenges onboard a bike. Perhaps a title you dream of winning . . . . Club Champion. Gold Medalist. World Champion. Maybe a challenge you aim to complete . . . . Land’s End to John O’ Groats. London to Paris. L’Etape du Tour. Whether your challenge is to be better than the rest or better than you are, a structured training plan will help you succeed. Attempting to create this for yourself can be an overwhelming task due to the shear amount of information available. Where do you start?!

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Time is a precious commodity. You will want to make the most of the time you have to train. A coach will help you to do this and to create a balance with other commitments, such as work and family. A coach spends time tailoring detailed training plans and carefully analysing their effectiveness, ensuring that you make the most of time spent in the saddle. No time wasted on inappropriate sessions. Every session will count. A coach will prevent you from wasting time through overtraining which can result in illness and injury. They will enforce vital recovery time between training sessions.

ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS

Achieving your cycling goal is a mental as well as physical challenge. Your brain can feel like your worst enemy at times, undermining your best efforts, intent on derailing your dreams! When you feel mentally weak it will be too cold and wet to train. Your brain persuades you that you are too tired and too busy to start or complete a training session. A coach will help you to remain mentally strong with their encouragement and positivity. You will be less likely to let your coach down than you are to let yourself down! Human nature is such that you will strive to please and impress your coach by executing the training sessions to the best of your ability.

KEEPING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE

 

A coach will provide that vital outside perspective on your training, telling you what you are getting right and, more importantly, what you are getting wrong. The areas of weakness which are holding you back will be obvious to a good coach and these will be highlighted and worked on. You may never have recognised these problems yourself.

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The internet and bookshops offer a vast amount of information on cycle training. This can seem confusing, complicated and contradictory at times, bewildering if you are attempting to coach yourself. A good coach has assimilated this knowledge and will share it with you, sparing you lots of research and trial and error. You will benefit from sharing the knowledge that a coach has gained through their many years of successful training, racing and coaching. They will give you a fresh and honest perspective on your riding.

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A coach will be your partner for the duration of your challenge, listening to and allaying any worries or concerns you may have. Offering you reassurance and encouragement. At the point that you falter and have self doubt a coach will remain focussed and will not let you lose sight of your goal. When you employ a coach your cycling challenge becomes their challenge and your success their success. A coach is driven to help you become the cyclist that you want to be.

"It’s amazing how much better you can be with a coach. I’ve been a British Cycling Level 2 coach for seven years working with youngsters and adults within a large club. I’ve also read lots of books on training for cycling. I thought I could coach myself. But after 30 years in the sport, following my own training plans, I was losing ground as the years went by. Time for drastic action. I’m not one for giving in to the ageing process and that’s why I signed up with Holmes Cycling.

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I have always wondered how Roy managed to stay at the top in Veteran’s road racing. Now I know! It’s not just that he provides a very focused and well-structured training plan. It’s not just that he knows what it takes to improve and be a winner. It’s the close attention he gives to every workout and to every race, plus the detailed feedback about my performance.

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Anyway, it’s working. I am catching riders in cyclocross races that I didn’t catch before. I am going faster. And I am turning back the clock. I only wish I had got myself a coach years ago!" 

 

- Gary Rowing-Parker

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     roy@holmescycling.co.uk