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 or competitive and non-racer with complex training needs such as - wanting to build fitness more rapidly at a controlled rate, a cyclist with specific goals or who is moving to the next level of competition or the cyclist facing obstacles and challenges in training such as illness and injury or obstacles and challenges in work and or life.

Can I switch between coaching levels? Yes you can, coaching involvement may change due to seasons, training phases, work, family, life changes or other obligations.

Do you only coach people who race? No, you may be interested in being fitter or losing weight and don't want to compete in cycling races, but want to use cycling as a medium to help achieve your health 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! Delivered daily via TrainingPeaks and email, a personalised training program that will help you reach your goals which has been designed using the information from your training questionnaire and test results. 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 will be determined by your realistic goal. 

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 wants to build and or maintain fitness or just get faster. Your training goal can be anything. It could be a tangible goal like aiming to finish a tough local ride in a certain amount of time or completing an Everesting.

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 Training Peak's post workout comments box.

What do I need? Access to daily emails, downloadable cycling GPS computer (Garmin, Wahoo, etc..), a heart rate monitor and or power meter is essential.

 

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 fitness apps and devices such as Apple Watch, Zwift, 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 account. Downloadable workouts for Garmin, Wahoo, Zwift and ERG file format for smart indoor trainers.

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 when you log into your TrainingPeaks profile.

Which coaching solution/service should I choose? 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 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  beginner, intermediate competitive and non-racing cyclist who wishes to achieve a goal without the guidance of a coach.

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, 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.