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Old 01-17-14, 09:24 AM   #51
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I have no personal experience with Peaks, but they have some very big names, notably Allen and Coggan, and you're paying a premium for those names.

The bronze package seems over priced to me. You can find more services for less if you start looking and talking with various coaches. And I am not a fan of limits on emails or phone calls with coaches. In fact, my coach emails me a couple times a week to see how things are going.
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Are you using my coach?
No?
You're doing it wrong.
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Old 01-17-14, 11:22 AM   #53
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You're doing it wrong.
Maybe I am. Who's your coach?
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Maybe I am. Who's your coach?
if you have to ask...
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Are you using my coach?
No?
You're doing it wrong.
Well send me your coach's name then!

One of my main concerns is that I want a coach to help me but not be too agro, I know I need to be a good fit for the coach as well and so I want a coach with reasonable expectations and disposition. I want to train and work hard with the time I have but I also want someone who understands that at least once a week I'd like to just get out and ride and enjoy it. While I know it's ridiculed here often, I am the guy that rides in a few charity rides a year (last year myself and 4 others raised over $13k for our annual MS Century Ride), it's one of the few times I get to ride with others and we like to be competitive. One of my goal events is a particular Fondo as well. I will be racing this year mostly for my own enjoyment and because I need goals to keep myself going since I ride so often alone (sob, sob).

If your coach would be a good fit, please recommend.

One of the coaches from Peaks that seemed to be a good fit let me know that even with the Bronze level that regular texts, emails were not a problem. I do understand that you pay a premium for the affiliation though and if I can find the right person without it all the better. To be fair you do save $19/mth since the price includes premium level Training Peaks (if that's important).

I do hope to have a great conversation with someone from here today as well, we shall see!
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Maybe I am. Who's your coach?
Some say he's like him



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Old 01-17-14, 12:25 PM   #57
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Unfortunately there are no groups near me. Closest is an hour drive away. I will ride with them a little this summer but I'm fortunate in my job that I can take time during my workday to ride. I can ride right out of my office and have 14-75 mile loops on great roads with very little traffic (and no stop lights), but it would be difficult to add an hour in each direction during my work week.

I'm in the boat where I think I've hit a plateau with my own training. I know I can use sample training plans, and I've read most of the training/racing with power, etc. I've also come to the conclusion that I'd like to have help understanding my information, accountability to a training plan (I hate to disappoint others but seem to have no problem deluding myself ) I've tried on my own, not the racing part but the losing 40lbs, getting back into riding, but want some guidance.

I haven't made the decision to go with Peaks yet so still looking for any thoughts. I was lucky enough having started up this thread again to arrange a conversation with a potential coach from this board so that's pretty cool!
Get on Strava, find guys in your area that can challenge you. Even spend that hour to drive if you have to. There are guys out here that skip our local ride and drive 90 minutes to Simi, Swami's, or Como. When you are hammering at 30 mph and still getting gapped that plateau disappears real quick. If you are coached online find a mentor to ride with that can help you out with nuances of riding.
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Get on Strava, find guys in your area that can challenge you. Even spend that hour to drive if you have to. There are guys out here that skip our local ride and drive 90 minutes to Simi, Swami's, or Como. When you are hammering at 30 mph and still getting gapped that plateau disappears real quick. If you are coached online find a mentor to ride with that can help you out with nuances of riding.
Yeah I understand that I'll have to do that as well. Right now there is only one person that I ride with and he can only challenge me on sprints. I do enjoy riding with others when possible. Last year a bunch of cyclists started renting places out here during the Spring for a week to train since the weather is generally nicer compared to their frozen lands. I bumped into them one day and ended up riding a ton that week.

I'll join up with the group that's an hour away but it will be limited time. My work is nice in that it allows me to get out and ride but for the most part I can't schedule what time of day that will be, sometimes it's at 9am sometimes it's at 2pm. Most of the group rides tend to be in the early evenings which I simply can't do as that's when I'm needed here (generally).

All that being said, I do think that I'll be able to find a mentor to ride with every couple of weeks once I get closer to his level.
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Peaks are good people. Outside of the "name brand" guys, Iain Banks and Stu Waring are good coaches, I know both of them very well. good dudes and Stu is a bike fitter who is 2nd to none (he does fittings for scott moninger, hunter allen, people travel from all over the country to have fit sessions with him). BJ Basham is has a good reputation, he's a VA guy also.


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Get on Strava, find guys in your area that can challenge you. Even spend that hour to drive if you have to. There are guys out here that skip our local ride and drive 90 minutes to Simi, Swami's, or Como. When you are hammering at 30 mph and still getting gapped that plateau disappears real quick. If you are coached online find a mentor to ride with that can help you out with nuances of riding.
yeah, you're in basye, maybe you can hook up with joe dombrowski and ben king when they're in town. ha, ha.

check out the haymarket winter bike league, it's a hammerfest ride full of good racers, but you need to be comfortable on gravel and know your way around for when you get dropped.
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Peaks are good people. Outside of the "name brand" guys, Iain Banks and Stu Waring are good coaches, I know both of them very well. good dudes and Stu is a bike fitter who is 2nd to none (he does fittings for scott moninger, hunter allen, people travel from all over the country to have fit sessions with him). BJ Basham is has a good reputation, he's a VA guy also.




yeah, you're in basye, maybe you can hook up with joe dombrowski and ben king when they're in town. ha, ha.

check out the haymarket winter bike league, it's a hammerfest ride full of good racers, but you need to be comfortable on gravel and know your way around for when you get dropped.
Thanks I'll check it out. I've never heard of the Haymarket winter bike league. I'm pretty comfortable on gravel. I spent a bit of time with Dombrowski at the Alpine Loop Fondo, about 10 seconds as he sped off. But Jeremiah Bishop sometimes rides around here, maybe he'd let me sit on his wheel for the 5 minutes that I could hold on!
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Just to update, found myself a coach. Did not go with Peaks this time around but someone from the forum (he can chime in if desired). Looking forward to see how I fare, today's snow will put a damper on outdoor riding. I've heard that I should manage my expectations but with my current FTP and lack of any high end sprint I figure that I have nowhere to go but up!

thanks to all for the previous input along with those who PM'd it's greatly appreciated and I look forward to contributing on the 33
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Thanks I'll check it out. I've never heard of the Haymarket winter bike league. I'm pretty comfortable on gravel. I spent a bit of time with Dombrowski at the Alpine Loop Fondo, about 10 seconds as he sped off. But Jeremiah Bishop sometimes rides around here, maybe he'd let me sit on his wheel for the 5 minutes that I could hold on!
Just saw one of Bishop's training rides, maybe I was fooling myself on being able to hold on for 5 minutes... His Z1 is higher than my FTP
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or what about these people?







does he resemble any of them ?
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Two questions:

1) Who doesn't Ex coach on this board?

2) Where is he??
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he doesn't coach me, although i wouldn't mind if he ever responded to my pms (which have nothing to do with coaching, and are simply silly chit chat).

he's off training, unlike the rest of us.
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coaches I am aware of on the 33. YMCA,tetonrider,Ex, rkwaki,creatre...I probably missed some
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Is it ever too late to hire a coach? I was thinking of hiring a coach to prepare for a few races in May. I'm not expecting a coach to turn a donkey into a race horse in four months. However, I wonder if a significant improvement can be made in such a short of amount of time.
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me...
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Is it ever too late to hire a coach? I was thinking of hiring a coach to prepare for a few races in May. I'm not expecting a coach to turn a donkey into a race horse in four months. However, I wonder if a significant improvement can be made in such a short of amount of time.
Obviously, I think in most cases the longer the better, in order to go through the full cycle of a plan. It really depends on a whole bunch of factors, like what your fitness is currently, if you have any other important races before that, and how much of improvement you expect by 'significant.' It's definitely possible to make gains in a few months though.
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Is it ever too late to hire a coach? I was thinking of hiring a coach to prepare for a few races in May. I'm not expecting a coach to turn a donkey into a race horse in four months. However, I wonder if a significant improvement can be made in such a short of amount of time.
I did a consultation and short term contract with a coach mid season in 2010 (June to September) when things started going sideways for me while self coaching and I wasn't sure how to resolve it. I found it beneficial.

the consistent message I've seen from coaches is that most athletes make their easy rides moderate, their moderate rides too hard, their hard rides not hard enough, and don't allow enough recovery ... and with the propagation or powermeters, it's gotten worse instead of better (not everyone, but generally).
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... and with the propagation or powermeters, it's gotten worse instead of better (not everyone, but generally).

Please refrain from using such big words....
I am now having to spend time at lookingupbigwordsfordummies.com
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I probably used it incorrectly, or at least spelled it wrong.
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