Frequently Asked Questions

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TrainingPeaks or Direct Coaching

There are two options to engage us; either sign up using one of the three 'service-level based' TrainingPeaks coaching options, or come direct if you'd prefer our one-off starter, team building or employee well-being packages, with the option to move to Trainingpeaks coaching at a later stage.    Pricing is monthly and includes an initial consultation, progress calls, a coaching plan and support (I am an email or phone call away). 

Do I really need a Coach ?

This depends on your own personal level of motivation, your understanding of the key metrics needed to maximise your weekly workouts and manage the impact on your fitness without burnout, fatigue or simply reaching an unsatisfactory plateau.  

We have both self-coaching plans,  or if you'd prefer more guidance, direction and letting the coach do the analysis so you get the best out of every ride, then sign-up as a coached athlete.  The choice is yours.    

I’m very busy, how many hours per week do I need to put aside ?

This depends on your goals and ambitions.  

At the bottom level our beginner’s plan “Foundation to Fitness” is based on 2 x 1 hour sessions midweek and 1 to 2 hour rides at the weekend.   We build from there at your pace and taking  into account your family or work commitments.   

If you are training for a particular event then as a coached athlete we will tailor your workouts using an Annual Training Plan and when you have built base fitness, then we may shift attention towards intensity rather than volume, but this depends on the specific event.

Do I need to be fit to cycle ?

The quick answer is no.  Before we start we may ask you to complete a short medical questionnaire to ensure there are no underlying reasons why you cannot exercise.  After that our programmes start with very light workouts no more than 20 minutes in duration, considering technique more than exercise.   It’s at your pace, you build fitness and lose weight gradually as suits your current health and fitness.  This is about creating sustainable change in terms of fitness and wellbeing, not as a short-lived diet or exercise fad. 

What kind of bike do I need ?

Initially any bike will do as long as it is roadworthy, so don’t worry that you need to go and buy a new bike, however once you get into cycling, then a new bike is often a great reward for your efforts and achievements.   For winter we can offer advice and guidance on the use of indoor trainers.

How often will we meet or review my progress ?

There are three tiers of service if you sign up with Trainingpeaks.   If you come Direct we will talk on the phone at least once a week to review progress, answer any concerns or questions you have.  You can also email us at any time.   Accompanied rides are available, the cost depends on whether I come to you, or you come to me (in Oxfordshire or Cornwall)


Your Journey is One Click Away

Perhaps this is the first time you have considered improving your fitness and wellbeing, maybe you don’t know where to start, have decided to do a charity event, join a club, get fitter or just want to pick up cycling where you left off.    Wherever you are on your journey, we can help. 

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