Rather than riding along every weekend, looking down at the garmin and seeing some interesting numbers that mean nothing, I now see motivation
After 5 years of triathlon and two Ironman races I decided to ask Simon to coach me. I have trained and worked with Simon for a few years, but the deciding factor was Simon’s flexible program, which he is happy to tailor and adjust to my unpredictable & often hectic lifestyle.
Like many small business owners it is hard to plan my week; and if a job comes in or an opportunity to take a client out for lunch presents itself, then training gets shelved, again. Meaning for the past 5 years I’ve not improved, and suffered numerous injures due my inconsistency.
Simon has bought some order. Cutting down the hours I send training, ensuring that I actually prioritise rather than just react – ‘wow I’ve got morning free, let’s ride/run/swim’ with no thought to structure.
Simon has focused me on easily measurable metrics that I can use to see real progress. It’s almost made the dreaded turbo fun. Or at least interesting.
Rather than riding along every weekend, looking down at the garmin and seeing some interesting numbers that mean nothing, I now see motivation.
Previously I wasted a lot of time getting the bike out, getting kitted up, and riding to Richmond Park, with no plan and no gain (except to overtake as many people as possible) now I’m down the garage, on the turbo and can see my FTP improvement immediately. All in under an hour.
The training went well and so did the Ironman, despite the 40mph winds and lashing rain, I enjoyed it and it was great to know I’d been able to rely on Simon every step of the way.
I started with Simon once I’d made the decision to do my first Ironman. I’d been doing triathlons for a few seasons but after trawling through loads of different information on training plans realised I badly needed some help..especially as I’d really dropped myself in the deep end with Ironman Wales. It was a great decision, from the moment I started working with Simon he built a training plan around my needs, recognising all the challenges I had – busy work, and a busy family with three demanding kids! The training went well and so did the Ironman, despite the 40mph winds and lashing rain, I enjoyed it and it was great to know I’d been able to rely on Simon every step of the way. Even dealing with my last-minute panic having seen the weather forecast! Post-Ironman, I’ve continued to work with him and look forward to tackling many future challenges with his help!
Simon established and then guided me through a structured training programme that took into account my goals and changing availability
Simon has really helped me take my cycling to the next level. Before I didn’t have much structure to my training and I didn’t really know what I was doing – I just naively thought all training was time well spent, regardless of what I actually did.
Simon established and then guided me through a structured training programme that took into account my goals and changing availability. Together we’ve produced significantly improved results and I’m a lot better prepared. It’s not just about data analysis – Simon has also improved my approach to nutrition and my cycling technique.
Simon has been training me for the London Duathlon for two months now and i’m amazed at how far i’ve come in this short period of time. It’s motivating to witness measurable improvement to my performance day by day and that is thanks to our coaching programme. Simon’s structured training plans provide me with order, discipline and some fun along the way. Especially when i’m bike training on the turbo trainer! He’s also flexible with my plans to accommodate my unpredictable and often busy work schedule. His timely feedback on my work outs keep me accountable and motivated. I also enjoy our coached sessions together because I always leave them feeling smarter and better equipped on all things gear-related, mechanics and form. Simon’s detailed knowledge and passion for the sport is palpable. Working with a coach as patient, professional and friendly as Simon is a great pleasure. These go a long way for a novice duathlete like me. I’m looking forward to taking my game to the next level with Simon.
Simon has been excellent in helping me move from being a runner into Triathlon. What is particularly good is that Simon has been there and done it despite his young age. Sessions are well planned and thought out with clear instructions of aim of the session – feedback is timely, relevant and encouraging. In particular Simon has helped me improve my cycling skills through riding with me and also given me great confidence in my open water swimming by helping me with me first session. I came away from the swim wanting to do another session immediately, despite me having zero confidence and fearing it at the start of the session. Simon always seems to find something positive and encouraging to say. He also has great technical knowledge of relevant kit so id always able to give good advice before purchasing the huge amount of kit Triathletes need!
In the time we have worked together, I have dropped a dress size and am now much more confident about my figure and fitness
In eight weeks Simon has transformed me from a terrified non-swimmer who refused to go near a pool, into a confident swimmer, capable of swimming 504m (front crawl).
In the time we have worked together, I have dropped a dress size and am now much more confident about my figure and fitness. Simon’s coaching has also benefited me in my hiking and hill walking, as I have been able to transfer the skills he has given me.
Simon developed a challenging (but also reasonable) programme for me, and in the time we have worked together, I have been able to recognise and track my progress and self-development.
I hope to continue to work with Simon and reach my goal of being a Master Swimmer.
I highly recommend Simon for all levels of athlete and I am looking forward to working with Simon to reach my goals for many years to come
I hired Simon to help me complete my first IRONMAN 70.3 From the very first moment Simon has been excellent. Advice on swimming which I find the hardest discipline and worked with me at building a plan for me to meet my goal of completing an IRONMAN 70.3 Great workouts that are posted on time with notes and each workout explained so I know what is expected of each time I Swim, Run or Cycle. Simon is also around for any questions or queries that I may have about my training and is also working with me on recommending which 70.3 I should be taking on and also planning when I should be doing some warm up Olympic triathlons. I highly recommend Simon for all levels of athlete and I am looking forward to working with Simon to reach my goals for many years to come.
I have been one year with Simon, and it has been great. He has helped me to prepare for an Ironman 70.3, from zero to the point that I am now I can see my evolution and it’s just great. He is always available for you, and reply to your message and give you training feedback quite fast so you can have a very good idea of how it has been. I have been able to finish a triathlon and looking forward to more! Simon is very friendly and approachable, it has been a great year and I am looking to improve my skills day to day with him as a coach. I could not have chosen a better coach than Simon
I will be working with Simon again for IRONMAN number two and I can recommend his services to anyone that is looking for a coach
I absolutely recommend Simon as a coach. His approach to training, knowledge and attention to detail made him the perfect fit to coach me round my first IRONMAN race. Simon got me to the start line, fit and injury-free with a solid race plan. I also had a smile on my face at the finish line..! I will be working with Simon again for IRONMAN number two and I can recommend his services to anyone that is looking for a coach
“To cut a long story short, I completed my first 70.3 in Edinburgh and I can honestly say this would not have been possible without Simon’s help”
Having never done a triathlon before, a lot of people told me it would be a good idea to get a coach, but I had always thought that online training plans and generic advice would see me through. Long story short they did not. After struggling with my way around the London Marathon I realised I needed some outside help. I engaged with Simon through IRONMAN U and it has been such a great experience. Simon is EXTREMELY knowledgable in all things triathlon and has a way of explaining techniques, training methods and delivering feedback which makes you feel like an amateur. My biggest issue ahead of my IRONMAN 70.3 was the open water swim. The idea of which would keep me up at night. Simon took this on board and focused on getting me out of the safety and comfort of the pool, taking me to a local lake and also to a choppy sea to help me overcome my anxiety and acclimatise to open water conditions. To cut a long story short, I completed my first 70.3 in Edinburgh and I can honestly say this would not have been possible without Simon’s help. We are now moving onto phase two, which id focusing on technique and performance so I can smash Weymouth 70.3 in September ahead of the ultimate goal of a full IRONMAN in South Africa next year ! ! !