Frequently Asked Questions
Can coaching or tailored plan help me achieve my realistic goal? Yes it can when combined consistency and training within the guidelines.
Who can benefit from working with a coach? Beginner, intermediate, competitive and non-racer with complex training needs such as wanting to achieve a long term and or specific goal/s, or facing obstacles and challenges in training such as illness and injury or obstacles and challenges in work and or life.
Can I switch between training solutions? Yes you can, training guidance may change due to seasons, training phases, work, family, life changes or other obligations.
Do you only coach people who race? No, it also for cyclists who don't compete in cycling races, but want to use cycling as a medium to help achieve your health (physical and mental) goals. All that is asked of you is that you ride a bike, and want to improve in some way.
Which type of cyclists do you coach? Primarily coaching ultra-endurance cyclists who compete or want to participate in supported and unsupported ultras such as TheMunga, Bikingman Oman, 24 hour and 12 hour mountain bike and road races.
What is ultra-endurance cycling? Any bike race that is longer than 100 miles/160 kilometers, where clock runs continuously from start to finish.
How does remote/online coaching work? Surprisingly well! With the use of modern data tools such as GPS, Strava, power meters, TrainingPeaks, etc, and regular interaction allows a coach to be with you most of the time.
Do I need lots of time to train? The amount of time required depends on your realistic goal. Bare in mind that cycling is an endurance sport that requires large volumes of work at appropriate times to achieve your goal. However, sometimes less is more, and training isn't just about how many hours you ride; it is also about developing power, skill set and adaptability to different situations.
What is a beginner cyclist? Cyclist who are new to the sport, doing a certain event for the first time and looking for entry level training. Your goal might be to make it across the finish line.
What is an intermediate cyclist? Cyclist with at least one to three years training experience, who has trained and competed in a certain event more than once. Your goal might be to finish near the top of your category or age group.
What is a competitive cyclist? Cyclist with more than four years of training experience, who has trained and competed in a certain event more than three times. Your goal might be to win your category, age group, finish near the top or stand on the podium.
What is a non-racer - A beginner, intermediate or competitive cyclist who doesn’t race but has a cycling goal... who wants to build and or maintain fitness or just get faster, aiming to finish a tough local ride in a certain amount of time or completing an Everesting or use cycling to improve mental health.
What are my responsibilities as an athlete? Read and understand the training that has been written for you. Complete workouts within workload guidelines, ride safely, be responsible and disciplined about recovery. Upload training files in a timely manner and provide feedback to training in your TrainingPeak's post workout comments box.
What do I need? Access to daily emails and or TrainingPeaks app, downloadable cycling GPS computer (Garmin, Wahoo, etc..), a heart rate monitor and or power meter is essential in order to provide comprehensive, data-driven coaching/training.
What other apps and devices can I use?- Coaching, tailored plans and pre-built plans are built on and administered via the TrainingPeaks platform and compatible with smart/interactive indoor trainer, fitness apps and devices such as Apple Watch, Zwift, MyWhoosh, Garmin, Wahoo, Polar, Suunto, Rouvy, Tacx, Fitbit, TrainerRoad, Sigma, PowerTap, MyFitnessPal and SRM.
What do I get? Coaching backed by globally recognized certification, personal experience and practical knowledge, If not already a user - a free basic TrainingPeaks profile with the option to upgrade to a premium profile.
How often will I receive my training? Daily via email notification from TrainingPeaks and always a day before. You can also view your daily/weekly/monthly session from to your phone, laptop and headunit. When connected to TrainingPeaks your training will auto sync and appear in third-party app (Zwift, Garmin, Rouvy, TrainerRoad, MyWhoosh, etc.) workout calendar.
Which training solution/service should I choose....coaching, tailored plan or pre-built plan? Your current level of fitness, age or cycling experience is not important. Primary factor to consider is your level of attention you require.
Do you have a training solution/service which will help me achieve my goal without the guidance of a coach? Yes, there is. RIDEANDRACE has a Tailored Plan or a Pre-built Plan for the beginner, intermediate competitive and non-racing cyclist who wishes to achieve a goal with little to no coaching guidance.
I'm not sure which pre-built plan is best for me, can you help me? Happy to help you. Let me know what is you wish to achieve and I will recommend a pre-built. If there isn't one available then I can create one for you, get in touch here.
If you can't find your question being answered here, please ask by using this form. I might be out on the bike, I will respond as soon as the helmet and gloves come off.