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Rob Chaffe

Rob Chaffe

I have been a runner since high school, peaked with my fitness as an Army Officer in the 90’s, 3hr marathon in the early noughties and then became a sedentary Daddy after that! Mid forties and my midlife crisis came all too soon, I had to get back out there!

I entered the local Sprint Triathlon on my mountain bike and this is where my journey began. For two years (with an upgrade of the bike) I worked up from Sprint to Olympic Triathlon and well and truly got the bug. I had all the endurance required to finish these events, but when I decided to register for my first 70.3 Ironman in May 2014, I knew that I needed coaching and guidance both physically and mentally, not only to finish the event, but to finish it in a reasonable time and in good shape!

I found Matt in October 2013 and went along for a fitness assessment. Matt tailored a training programme specifically to suit my needs. After working with Matt over the winter period I had seen serious improvements. Weekly check-in’s gave me accountability and the focus I needed to maintain the long hours of training. Through a planned and efficient training programme, I was becoming a much better triathlete on daily basis.

Rob Chaffe

The 70.3 was awesome, I enjoyed every moment, so much so I am registered to do it again next year, but this time as a training run for the full Ironman in Barcelona, 4th October 2015! I am looking forward to another year of training with Matt, sensible guidance, positive encouragement & great advice.

I will probably never make it to Kona but working with Matt has definitely unlocked a potential that I didn’t know existed in me.

 

 

Andy Boyle

Martin Ronaes

I never thought I would work with a triathlon coach, I thought this was for professional triathletes or people with lots of time on their hands. However, when TCUK was recommended to me I thought there was nothing to lose in trying it out and the cost was very low compared to other triathlon equipment. This was the best sporting decision I have made.

Prior to joining TCUK I had completed a number of triathlons over a range of distances from Olympic to Ironman. I particularly enjoyed the challenge of ironman. My training was inconsistent and  unstructured and my race strategy was to start as fast possible and try and hold that pace (this doesn’t work by the way) and this was reflected in my results.  

Using the experienced coaches at TCUK has transformed my training and racing and has made triathlon an even more enjoyable experience. The benefits I have seen from working with Matt and the TCUK team have been numerous and in some cases unexpected, for example:

Martin Ronaes
  • Structured consistent training - Since working with TCUK I have been able to fit in a structured and consistent training programme,  I never thought that this would be possible while working long hours.
  • Injury prevention – Prior to working with Matt I would commonly have minor niggles and injuries, which impacted on my ability to train consistently. The strength and conditioning and structure of the programme has allowed me to train and race injury free over the last year.
  •  Race execution – I still want to start off fast but Matt has given me a race plan including maximal pace and power that I know I can sustain. This has allowed me to race faster and to my full potential, at least when I follow his advice.

As well as the clear benefits of TCUK’s training programmes its online training programme is flexible and allows me to easily adjust my training programme if I am having a busy couple of days  at work.  There is always weekly feedback on training performance and the plan is updated on a weekly basis to reflect the prior week’s training.

I would recommend TCUK to everyone. Thanks to TCUK’s support I am completing races in times that I never thought were possible for me. In just over a year of training with TCUK I have improved my ironman PB by 2 hours and my Olympic distance PB by 30 minutes.

My next race is Ironman Lanzarote and with TCUK’s support I am confident that I can finish toward the very top end of my age group.

 

Martin Ronaes

Martin RonaesIn 2010 while living in Australia an preparing for ultra bike ride I tried a couple of sprint and olympic distance triathlons for fun as part of my very unstructured training.  The spark was lit, the shorter distance races went ok, I survived, without any focused training. Upon my return to Norway 2011 I wanted to try a longer distance triathlon and signed up for a 70.3 race in France in 2012. I continued my unstructured training, and suffice to say I got thoroughly beat by the distance. Even though it was a bad experience, I got the bug for the longer distance. The next goal would be a full distance, Ironman Frankfurt 2013.

I then realized that there was no way I could have a good experience of this without some guidance from a coach. I needed structure and help to get the most out of my training.  Having a coach that sets, and maintains, a program was invaluable. Previously my training was mostly ad hoc and feel based.

I found many advantages of using an online coaching service. First and foremost by having a weekly follow up of my training performance my coach will adjust my program to suit my overall workload, injuries or energy levels. I have, like many others in this sport, a bit of an addictive personality and I would probably end up training to much in some periods and not enough in others if I left to my own devices. Also, lets face it, you will for various reasons miss a session or two, due to other commitments, injuries or energy etc.., and the coach then promptly adjust the schedule to fit and keeps a long term focus in the training. I have had a few running injuries during training for Ironman and the coach gives very valuable help during  rehab of these and gets me back on track with minimal loss of form. Second, it adds a bit of accountability and structure, I want to complete the sessions  set, while when working on my own it would be easy to skip sessions.

I am now on my second season with coaching and would recommend it to anyone. It is great value for money, makes the training varied and fun. I can safely say that I have had more of a performance gain from using the site than I have had from my TT bike…

My first 70.3 Pays d’Aix I finished in 6h 44 mins, this year I completed 70.3 Aarhus in 5h 13mins, and more importantly I had a great experience and it felt like racing. I also completed Ironman Frankfurt in 12h 30mins and hope to improve that this year at Mallorca.

My next goal  is to get below 5h during 70.3 Haugesund in 2015, and to keep improving for Ironman Copenhagen next year. Since I am Norwegian, I guess I will have to make an attempt at Norseman at some point, I would not even dream it without the structure of coaching.

 

Athlete: Charlotte Cooper

Charlotte Cooper

I decided that it would be a good idea to get a coach as I was looking at a very busy period in the build up to Outlaw this year. I'm in a band and we were finishing recording our new album, touring and playing festivals in the few months before the race. I was sometimes without a bike, and sometimes time limited so I wanted to make sure I was maximising my time when I was at home. I felt like Matt really listened to me, and adapted the plan to what I felt I could handle. Charlotte CooperRecovery weeks were scheduled on busy weeks and I enjoyed some tough bike weeks when I was at home.

I'd definitely recommend Online Triathlon to anyone who is time limited, which is surely every triathlete?! We all have commitments we need to work round, and the coaching team will help you to do that, so you arrive at the start line feeling prepared and happy! 

 

 

Athlete: Kirsten Howells

Athlete: Kirsten Howells

Why did you start training with www.triathloncoaching.uk.com?
Having completed a few sprint distance events in 2011 and 2012, I wanted to push myself further and move up to Olympic distance which would involve a new challenge - open water swimming. This was a key element for me as, even though I can swim, I've never learnt front crawl. I'd also never had a proper training plan which is where triathlon coaching.uk.com came in. Matt set out a week-by-week programme tailored specifically to my goal of becoming a Little Beaver in June 2013. Each week, the plan would include a variety of distances/times spent on each of the three disciplines with lots of swimming to practise that front crawl! It was really helpful to have the plan to follow and, working full-time, it enabled me to schedule my training and build up the hours to suit me.

How has working with a coach worked for you?
Starting out back in January and completing a brick session one Friday evening when it was minus 3 outside, I did start to question my sanity but I can honestly say signing up with triathlon coaching.uk.com is the best decision I've ever made in terms of both my fitness and self-confidence in the sport - the pros have coaches for a reason! With Matt on hand every week to offer expert feedback and support, having a coaching plan in place is great for your motivation and discipline - if you miss a session it's no big deal but you'll probably spot an extra session the following week to make up for it!

How do you find coaching via a website?
I feel like a 'proper' triathlete now. Training becomes a big part of your life and some days it's the last thing you want to do after a tough day at work but those are probably the best sessions you'll do - a 10k run in torrential rain through the Derbyshire countryside is guaranteed to make you feel alive. My race goal this year was to complete Little Beaver Olympic distance triathlon and I did it. It was one of the best experiences of my life and the lake swim was actually my favourite part! After the race, I got a text from fellow triathlon coaching.uk.com member, Jon Overment, saying that the next race was Blithfield at the beginning of August so I signed up and completed that too, 14 minutes faster than Little Beaver. It's Doncaster next so that'll be three Olympic distances this year - it's a bit addictive this triathlon malarky!

What are your future ambitions in triathlon?
Having seen what some of my friends and fellow triathlon coaching.uk.com members have achieved over the last few years, it has to be to complete a full Ironman one day. I have such respect for anyone who has raced that distance, no matter how long it's taken them. By sticking with triathlon coaching.uk.com I know I can achieve that goal.

What advice would you offer to other triathletes thinking of using www.triathloncoaching.uk.com?
If you want an easy life, don't bother signing up. If, however, you want to push yourself to be the best you can and you love a challenge, choose your race and sign up now with a coach who knows exactly what he's talking about - you won't regret it!

Athlete: Mark Anderson

Athlete: Mark Anderson

Why did you start training with www.triathloncoaching.uk.com?
I have been a member of Tuff Fitty Triathlon club for just over two years and a couple of my friends suggested making contact. I had used coaches previously but had to stop because of the high cost - I was pleasantly surprised with how reasonable Matt's program was - the level of detail was superb. I believe in following a program - it gives me direction, structure and focus and enables me to keep track of what levels of training I am doing. I like to know my plan for the week so that I can build it into both my work and personal life.

How has working with a coach worked for you?
I have to say it has been a superb experience and the results speak for themselves. Matt has been very accommodating with my program and ensures that it gives me what I need to develop and become a stronger and fitter athlete. I religiously submit my program by 4 each Sunday and look forward to the feedback I get on what I have done - Matt is always available on email and the response time to any query or question is great.

How do you find coaching via a website?
I think it's perfect - I am on a computer all day and access to my program is simple and easy. I am able to track what I do and log my workouts each day depending on what I achieve. I also like the flexibility the program gives me to swop days around - if I cannot make one session, I can change it to another day, giving me a great level of customisation. There is also a wealth of additional information on stretching and core stability and I have found this really useful to look through. I know that I will be on track to giving my best performance at the events I race at - without Triathlon Coaching, I would not have that confidence!

How has your training and racing improved?
Well, I have really seen the benefits this year - I have come second twice in my age group and have finished in the top 20 overall. I recently completed Wimbleball 70.3 and was 50 minutes quicker than the previous attempt which I think is amazing... a lot of this I attribute to a solid program. I love my training and the level of detail you get for each session is more than adequate - it's a great concept. I feel stronger, fitter and enjoy what I do each and every day... apart from when the weather is pants.

What are your future ambitions in triathlon?
I have now done a few 70.3s and am an aspiring Iron Man - however, I want to become a serious Olympic distance athlete before IM and would like to get a podium finish at a couple of local events. I also enjoy TT racing locally and want to get faster at these - it gives some great variety and allows me to 'give it all' on one event.

What advice would you offer to other triathletes thinking of using www.triathloncoaching.uk.com?

I would suggest that you give it a shot - it's easy to set up, easy to use, easy to log what you do and the program keeps you on track ! If you are thinking about writing your own program, I suggest you firstly look at Joe Friels 'Training Bible' and then decide... that's why I pay someone else to do it !!

Athlete: Brett Schlesinger

Athlete: Brett Schlesinger

Thanks for the most incredible coaching . I was totally delighted with the programme before the race, having been guided into a schedule that really pushed me in areas that needed work… But I was even more delighted during and after the race when I realised how strong I had become. I really give you credit for my result , with your rotation training I was able to work my muscles very hard and give them time to rest while I did other body parts…. Your Core training, foam rolling, sprint work, Interval swimming  and tapering were all perfectly customised for me and I genuinely give them credit for my result.

I would strongly recommend Triathloncoaching.uk.com for any Triathlete and intend continuing on with base training and then a new programme before my next race.

Now I understand why everyone needs a coach.

Athlete: STEW SMITH, 43

Athlete: Stew Smith

Why did you start training with www.triathloncoaching.uk.com?
I had a training partners that introduced me to the website. I have 10 years worth of experience but needed something to push me on to the next level.

How has working with a coach worked for you?
Brilliant. On a number of different levels. Firstly it’s very motivational to have a program that sets out in clear simple terms exactly what and when you need to do. It really is the only way to push yourself beyond what you feel is manageable within a safe structure.

How do you find coaching via a website?
It works great, I can access the program wherever I am in the world. I can have it on my phone or at home. The website is very educational with articles aimed at real athletes with real pressures of time and responsibilities that need to be met.

How has your training and racing improved?
My training has taken on more consistency. I’ve trained hard for the last 4 years and put in some long hours, initially I developed well and then hit some kind of ceiling. Triathloncoaching.uk has taken me to the next level and If anything I’ve reduced my weekly hours. My racing has improved with the added confidence and also the strength that has been added by the strength sessions which have been an addition to my program.

What are your future ambitions in triathlon?
I raced for team GBR this year at the Worlds in Germany taking on one of the hardest courses in the world for ‘long course’. I want to qualify for the World 70.3 next year.
Improve my bike leg and in the next two years go sub 10 at Ironman.

What advice would you offer to other triathletes thinking of using www.triathloncoaching.uk.com?

We spend hundreds of pounds on gear to make us faster. Spend a few pounds a week and realise the potential that is waiting to be unlocked by a good solid program delivered by a solid coaching team, you will not look back.

Athlete: PAUL JURCZUK, 57

Athlete: Paul Jurczuk

Why did you start training with www.triathloncoaching.uk.com?
After many years of being involved with triathlon, in fact i took part in the first ever open water triathlon held in the UK at KIRTON PARK FARM, READING in July 1983. After being self-coached all these years, i decided after meeting Matt & James a couple of times that i would try being coached to help me reach my goal of KONA qualification. So if I....me set in my way Paul can do it... so can anyone.

How has working with a coach worked for you?
As i've said before I'd been set in my ways and being coached didn't for me come easy. After some early teething problems i settled down to Matt's programmes, especially the swim side... which had always been a bit of a lottery.

How do you find coaching via a website?
I myself have never been a big computer fan but between my wife Jan & myself now find it easy and accessable to use.

How has your training and racing improved?
Training has been slightly more structured but the BIB BIG BONUS for me is that i QUALIFIED at Ironman Texas, May 21st 2011 for KONA,HAWAII.... after many years of trying.

What are your future ambitions in triathlon?
To train hard and wisely for KONA in October 2011 and to be an inspiration to others..... TRY a coach , it might work for you as well!!

What advice would you offer to other triathletes thinking of using www.triathloncoaching.uk.com?

As we all know TRIATHLON can be exspensive... Matt and his team offer value for money and for the price of some HYPED bit of KIT or the latest look good sunglasses etc, GIVE MATT A TRY AND SPEND YOUR MONEY WISELY........... THANKS MATT AND TEAM!!!!!!!

Athlete: David Risebrow, 28

Athlete: David Risebrow

Why did you start training with www.triathloncoaching.uk.com?
I had a baptism of fire introduction to triathlon nearly 2 years ago from coach Matt, when I naively agreed to join him on a training run. What I didn’t know at the time was that Matt was well into his Ironman UK preparations and the run ended up being 13 miles long! Although I was actively involved in sports it was the longest I had ever run in one effort! Matt suggested I give Triathlon a go and before long I had signed up to my first race.

How has working with a coach worked for you?
Prior to starting triathlon my fitness priorities were heavily focused on weight lifting and other than the odd spin class I had never done any endurance training. I didn’t own a road bike and I hadn’t been in a swimming pool for a long time. With the coaches’ help and advice I was able to alter my training to be more specific for triathlon. I instantly enjoyed the switch in focus, the training was more structured and I felt motivated to complete the sessions knowing that I was working towards a goal.

Athlete: David Risebrow

How do you find coaching via a website?
The website is incredibly easy to use and for someone who works shifts I find it very useful to be able to move different sessions around depending on my time constraints. Living on the south coast means I don’t have the opportunity to have face to face training with the coaches as much as I’d like but the workout notes and videos for each session are clear and precise and Matt and James are always available for advice if needed.

How has your training and racing improved?
Being new to the sport there was always room for development. My first triathlon was a half ironman in September 2008 and I finished the race in a time of 5hrs and 40 minutes. Since then I have continued to follow specific training programmes set by the coaches which has resulted in significant  improvements to my swim, bike and run fitness. This year in my second full season of racing I finished Ironman Antwerp 70.3 in 4hrs 26minutes, I qualified for the GB age group team to race at the ITU Long Distance World Champs in Germany and in October this year I won the  One Last Tri in the New Forest. .

What are your future ambitions in triathlon?
Overall my ambitions for the future are to continue to improve and gain experience over all levels of racing. I particularly enjoy the half ironman distance and In 2011 I’m determined to have a strong race at Ironman UK 70.3. This year I set my PB for an Olympic distance in a time of 2hrs and 7 minutes so in 2011 I would like to better that and get as close as possible to the 2hour mark.

What advice would you offer to other triathletes thinking of using www.triathloncoaching.uk.com?
Do it! Be patient, honest and listen to the coaches’ advice. The level of support is fantastic and I’ve no doubt my results this year wouldn’t have been possible without their help.

Athlete: Damon Turner, 33

Athlete: Damon Turner

Why did you start training with www.triathloncoaching.uk.com?
January 2010

How has working with a coach worked for you?
Tremendously, it’s given me structure and focused training which boasted motivation to train correctly. It removed the guess work from my training.

How do you find coaching via a website?
Excellent, always accessible and very easy to use and you know the coaches are always monitoring what you are doing and changing the programme accordingly to reflect what you have done or rather not done!

Athlete: Damon Turner

How has your training and racing improved?
Completely! Felt very strong and prepared going into my ‘A’ races this past season.

What are your future ambitions in triathlon?
To qualify for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and to secure a place on the GB Age Group team at Olympic distance. Eventually to compete in an Ironman when the time is right.

What advice would you offer to other triathletes thinking of using www.triathloncoaching.uk.com?
Fill out the weekly updates honestly and use the coaches!

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Athlete: Steve Drayton, 36

Athlete: Steve Drayton

Why did you start training with www.triathloncoaching.uk.com?
I started training with www.triathloncoaching.uk.com in April 2010.

How has working with a coach worked for you?
I come from a cycling background where i trained by 'feel' and volume never following any structured training regime. This worked to a point for cycling but when i started triathlon I found that i was doing too much 'junk' and was constantly tired and training aimlessly in huge volumes. Working with a coach structured my training, got rid of the junk miles and added real focus to my training.

Athlete: Steve Drayton

How has your training and racing improved?
I raced my first Olympic distance race in Leeds in September 2009, and managed 2:38. After following just a few weeks of structured training my next triathlon I did a 2:14, this whilst training for my 'A' race of Ironman UK70.3.

In my first 70.3 i managed 3rd in my age group and 34th place overall and qualified for the world championships in Clearwater Florida.

What are your future ambitions in triathlon?
I want to move up to full Ironman distance. I believe Matt & James can help me achieve the competitive times i demand from myself and still allow me to fulfil my busy work schedule by providing structured training that maximises my time and minimises waste mileage.

What advice would you offer to other triathletes thinking of using www.triathloncoaching.uk.com?
This is an excellent, friendly and knowledgeable team who are always on hand to offer advice and encouragement. They provide the sort of support you receive from long term friends and family.

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Athlete: Richard Powell, 36

Be prepared to have a good look at yourself and accept there may be other ways of training other than flat out

Why did you start training with www.triathloncoaching.uk.com?
I was looking to improve on my times for a 70.3 in Antwerp so thought it would be useful to take on a coach to push me. Matt & James were recommended by a friend to me.

How has working with a coach worked for you?
I’ve found its given my training a much more structured basis, with progressive tailored sessions.

Athlete: Richard Powell

How do you find coaching via a website?
Because of working shifts, one week is never the same as the next. Being able to move my sessions around to suite me is very useful.  Even being able to change this around halfway through the week.

How has your training and racing improved?
Overall, my heart rates become more efficient. In particular my cycling has come on. I’m able to maintain a faster pace with a very low heart rate.

What are your future ambitions in triathlon?
Continuing to work towards my 70.3 goals, possibly to qualify for the 70.3 world champs. I’m also planning to compete in an Ironman in the next few years.

What advice would you offer to other triathletes thinking of using www.triathloncoaching.uk.com?
Give it a go but be patient. If you really want the results be prepared to have a good look at yourself and accept there may be other ways of training other than flat out.

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Athlete: Jonathan Overment, 41

Athlete: Jonathan Overment Why you wanted to work with a coach
I used to be a squad swimmer when I was younger and had run the occasional 10k road race but had never owned a road bike so when a friend suggested I'd enjoy triathlon I thought they were mad.  In 2006 I took part in a local sprint distance triathlon on a borrowed bike.The sense of achievement when I finished was brilliant so I decided to do a few more.  I competed the following year but quickly recognised I knew very little about how to train and prepare myself for races, particularly getting the balance right between the 3 disciplines. As I'd invested in my first road bike and other tri kit I thought I should seek out a coach who could help me especially as I was thinking about increasing the distance.

Benefits you've found
The main benefit is having a structured weekly programme which is tailored to me and the races I'm working towards.  The TCUK coaches keep me disciplined & on track. If I miss a couple of sessions one week (which to be honest you will do!!), they adjust the following week to take this into account. Being able to email or chat with the coach and share experiences with other athletes is important, I've also been able to join training camps which is a great way to prepare yourself for a particular event or to kick start your season. 

Your personal experience
From that first race in 2006 I've competed regularly at sprint, standard & 70.3 distance.  In 2012 I competed my first full iron distance in Roth (which is a simply stunning event to do), and did a further full iron distance event in 2013. In 2014 I've raced in Abu Dhabi and Luxembourg as well as a number of events in the UK.  I've managed to stay injury free and achieve a consistent level of training which has seen me get a number of PB's.  The coaching provided by TCUK has pushed me to train harder so that I'm ready for the races.

Would you recommend
Absolutely. I know without the help of TCUK coaches I would not have achieved what I have done.  

Details on your improvement
I feel far more prepared for each race and confidence has improved.  Those early doubts over whether I'd actually finish the race have now turned into thoughts about how I can improve on the last race.

Next goals
Improve running off the bike is a key goal.  Next year I'm aiming to compete in more 70.3 races, I'm not sure whether full iron distance will feature as I don't think I can committ to that level of training at the moment.  I'll go back to Luxembourg to beat this years time, and am looking at a few other new 70.3 races outside of the UK. 

 

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