Coach Simon did an amazing job with my training. I was 59, grumpy, out of shape and miserable. My goal was to complete my first 70.3. I had been somewhat of an athlete as a kid but had no idea how to prepare. I tried a real life coach but I didn’t really want so much attention. After a while this “live” coach got on my nerves. A friend recommended Training Peaks and through TP they have a coaching option and they assigned Simon as my coach. Simon is from the UK and I was training and travelling in Switzerland. It worked beautifully. Workouts were easy to follow, flexible and the workload was just right for my age and schedule. I never met Simon. I don’t even know what he looks like, but I feel like I have known him for years. He is a professional. He knows his stuff and is eager to share all of his Triathlon knowledge and experience. He is also a pretty good cheerleader. During my training I always imagined the little devil Simon on one side of my head and the little Angel Simon on the other. Cheering me on, telling me always never to go too hard yet congratulating me at the same time for my efforts. Asking pertinent questions on my training. Analysing and graphing my workouts, preparing my long term training plan and showing me were I needed to be for my 70.3 race. 8 months ago I couldn’t run 1Km without stopping. Simons plan worked for me. I finished my first 70.3 and my time was very respectable. Thank You Simon.
We will need to do this again soon.
Kathryn Robertson Arrebola
Working with Simon has been fantastic. Over the last seven months he’s really taken my swimming, cycling, and running fitness to the next level, beyond what I’d expected in such a short space of time. With his help, I’ve dropped my 5k PB to under 20 minutes, increased my FTP by almost 20%, and competed for the first time at an international age-group competition – all whilst staying injury-free and enjoying my training more than ever! For me, Simon’s value comes from his knowledge and patience in designing carefully periodised workouts, his flexibility and willingness to adapt to changing life circumstances, and his diligence in tracking how each workout went and developing a close relationship with his athletes, in order to strike that balance between maximising improvements and staying healthy and injury-free.
Robby Du Toit
Completing the Ironman 70.3 Mallorca in May-19 would not have been possible without the support and coaching of Simon. Within the space of 3 months Simon totally changed my self-taught, destructive training approach and created an enviroment where firstly I enjoyed my daily training regime and secondly, was able to build confidence in my endurance ability prior to the event.
In hindsight, I do not think I would have finished close to the time I did without the specific and technical input gained through the coaching.
We achieved a lot in a short space of time and with a race time of 5:47, I am now continuing my trianing with a more aggressive strategy to target that sub 5hrs next time round.
Money spent on coaching is well worth it when you consider the time, energy and money spent on training and racing otherwise.
I contacted Simon when I was considering signing up for my first Ironman. I have a
demanding job with frequent travel, and a young family, and so wasn’t even sure that I was capable of training for Ironman. I approached Simon as he specialises in providing flexible programs for time stretched athletes, to get his thoughts. From the very first meeting, I knew that I was in expert hands. Although I’d been doing shorter triathlons for 8 years already, I’d never had much of an idea of how to structure my training, and really wanted to take the guesswork out of the process. Over the course of the following 11 months, I can’t stress enough how valuable Simon’s advice and guidance was. He structured a great training program, taking into account the available time that I had and regularly making adjustments to accommodate changes to my schedule and availability due to work and family commitments, and as a result of illness and minor injuries. He was always on hand to patiently and expertly answer the myriad questions I had, and was a reassuring guide throughout my training process. Without his program and ongoing support, I doubt I would have made it to the start line, and I certainly would not have got to the Ironman finish line with a smile on my face, knowing that I’d achieved something that I genuinely wasn’t sure I’d be capable of when I signed up. I’m eternally grateful – thanks, 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 is always able to give good advice before purchasing the huge amount of kit Triathletes need!
Simon is excellent and helped me prepare and do my first sprint and Olympic triathlons this year. We are now working on my next goal. He is always available to answer my often stupid questions and he never makes me feel as though I can’t do things. In fact, he is great at relating various issues I have to his past experience.
I thoroughly recommend Simon.
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
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.
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 ! ! !
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.