I resisted the coaching thing for a long time. I guess I took pride in the idea that I could be fast by just goofing off and not formally training. I didn't want to be that person who can't play because I had intervals, and there is a stigma about having a coach in the group of guys I ride with. Then I started getting more serious about racing. I started doing the US Cup races and XCTs. I found myself rattled by not really knowing what I was doing, in training and right before and during a race. Then, in August 2 years ago, a friend told me about how great his CTS coach was, and the idea was like a seed in my mind.
|A picture to break up the words :)|
|Coach even rode bikes with me once because I thought I was slow at descending!|
I think maybe the most important benefit for me is that I am prone to over train, and Matt has convinced me it's a good idea to take a few days off the bike each month (well, almost convinced me). I've actually really enjoyed adding some structure to my cycling, and even in the off season I feel like coach is making a huge difference in helping me keep my head on straight/still have fun riding and not killing myself (or Carl). So I guess my greatest piece of advice to anyone who wants to be faster/have more fun on bikes, try the coaching thing out!
|Even Brendan is on board with coach's core routine!|
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