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Old 07-17-16, 08:09 PM
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Good and tried SF bay area coach

I started training with power on my own a year ago and I can see results. I also learned a lot about training. I'm thinking about getting a coach to take this to the next level. I would like to work myself up to cat 3 (from cat 5) and I'm over 30.

Do you guys have someone to recommend in the SF bay area? Any luck with online services?
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Old 07-17-16, 08:32 PM
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Old 07-17-16, 08:59 PM
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perhaps you should try joining a team that has a coach
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Old 07-17-16, 09:26 PM
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I'm partial to data driven athlete.

Full disclosure, he's my coach as well as our team's primary sponsor. He's got athletes in the bay area while being based in Sac. He's got a second coach on staff in addition to himself and I've been quite happy with the coaching received.

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Old 07-17-16, 11:25 PM
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You can get pretty far coaching yourself, fwiw.

Even if you do find a coach, you should read some books on it to know if they know wtf they're doing/it's worth the $$.
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I have used several in the bay area.

Five Rings Cycling - Dmytriy Badeaka. He has a cycling gym in San Mateo and hosts Sunday group rides where he follows in a van supporting the ride and coaching. He is a former pro racer and coached the Belarus national team for years. He coached two of the Team Sky racers as juniors including current world TT champion Vasil Kiryienka. He is very old school and no power training per se.

Pros: If the weather is bad or windy, one can go to the cycling gym and work out with others and he takes individuals on the rollers and just drives you to a point you cannot do on your own.

Cons: Very weak on power training.

Sport Velo - Dan Smith. He does road, track and triathletes. He provides email workouts plus special events such as HIT sessions, indoor training and camps. He runs a Thursday morning track session at Hellyer in San Jose. Also, he is currently Stanford University's cycling coach.

Pros: Very current on the NorCal racing scene and modern training techniques including power. USAC level 1 coach with over a decade of coaching experience.

Cons: Unknown.

IMO, I would not hire an email only coach. IMO, that is a trainer not a coach per se. Coaching is about eyes on the athlete and helping all aspects of their development not just going to a list of workouts and picking out a few for the week. Although, that can be of value.

I go for something that I cannot do on my own.
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Old 07-18-16, 09:24 AM
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I had an elite college friend that was happy with Whole Athlete.
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Appreciate the nod but full up right now.
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I'll coach you. $0. Look at @mattm 's tally in the other thread.
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I'll coach you. $0. Look at @mattm 's tally in the other thread.
Careful with this offer...read the fine print. There may be diaper changing and baby sitting required as a quid pro quo.
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Also "coaching" might mean "give you kudos on Strava when you get KOMs."
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smh. keep underestimating!
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