Where Do I Start ?
There are two options to engage us; either sign up using one of the three 'service-level based' coaching options (see Consulting and Coaching below) , or choose a Training Plan is you'd like a helping hand and some structure to your training. Pricing for coaching is monthly, with TrainingPeaks' refund policy. For for training plans, the cost is one-off and includes an initial consultation, progress reviews, a plan and support. Refunds are on a case by case basis to protect our intellectual property.
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 us 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, or if you are not yet ready to ride on public roads we 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 us through our partner Trainingpeaks, with the Gold service being unlimited access. For the training packages, it depends on which one you take; with the Foundation, Accelerate and Endurance programmes you will get regular progress reviews and can ask us questions you have. For the "off the peg" plans, they are designed as standalone, but we recognise that there may be some technology issues that you may need help with, such as linking Strava and TrainingPeaks, etc and we will try to answer your questions on a "best endeavours" basis.