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Coach Updatenoveread
Sep 24, 2003 8:05 AM
Just thought I'd give an update to folks on my new coach. All I can say is I am very pleased so far. Of course, all I can really comment on is the attention he gives to his riders. "First contact" was three weeks ago. Since that time we've had 3 long telephone conversations and 3 rides together (4th was rained out). I really am shocked by the amount of time he has given me personally.

No program has been finalized as he is still getting to know me and my riding. Though last night did involve our first discussions of what some components of my program will be. He mentioned that I will be starting weights very soon (with an adaption phase). He also had me set a new sleep schedule where I get up at 5am every morning regardless if I need to get up that early or not (but will apparently later this winter - danger!).

In other words, at this point he's just learning about my daily habits and routines and making "suggestions" where necessary. Once he gets a handle on my riding abilities he'll start to make up my program he says. Although this past weekend he had one of his long-time pupils, a recently retired pro, go along on our ride. He says he likes to bring this guy along with new "students" because if he wants to test the new charge somehow, he knows this guy can carry out the "test" exactly how he wants!

Anyway, that's an update!

how much?Zone_5_Junkie
Sep 24, 2003 4:50 PM
what's he charging you? what are your goals? racing?
how much?noveread
Sep 25, 2003 6:20 AM
I really do not want to reveal price, but it is not a lot. He's been around for 30 years (coaching nearly that long) and as he says, he views his coaching as his oppotunity to give back to the sport. Coaching is not his primary profession.

My goals, originally to get to Cat 3 by the time I'm 35 (31 now). However, that schedule is being bumped up. I wanna be Cat 3 next year.

dude, this sounds great!lonefrontranger
Sep 24, 2003 9:02 PM
Glad to hear you found someone hands-on who's willing to take the time. From what you say, he sounds like a smart cat with a good MO, and you guys get along.

The key for me was having someone develop engaging workouts and programs that I actually look forward to doing. I'm a lazy sack of crap when it gets right down to it, and I never liked training all that much. As you might be able to tell, my own coach has a special gift for lighting a fire under my tail.

Rock on, Noveread!
It is awesome...noveread
Sep 25, 2003 6:30 AM
One of the things I really want to work on with him is my mental outlook on racing and my abilities. Confidence. I'm a confident dude generally, but not in cycling. I just figured that in my first year I'd suck. Well, we got to change that! Which is why I've dropped the "Empty Wrapper" tag to my handle and will be chaning my handle much like Pack Meat did at the urging of his (wink-wink) coach. Although my coach doesn't know of the Noveread handle. The new handle will be ASIAGO. I use this handle on another board and it works for me! Asiago, an Italian cheese. I live in Wisconsin, and truly, in my heart, believe I should have been born in Italy for all things Italian that I love (especially cooking, but not their government!! Ha-Ha!).

Anyway, I'm psyched. I actually think he is looking forward to developing me despite my late start! He made mention that he does like coaching guys my age because he knows we are determined and dedicated!

Asiago - Noveread
Oh yeah...Asiago
Sep 25, 2003 7:29 AM
The results are there too, taken countless riders to cat2 and cat1. He's coached pros and even a World Champion...

Asiago (Noveread)
Oh yeah...raptorUW
Sep 25, 2003 3:17 PM
as a madisonite, i think i can venture a guess as to who he is, but i'll respect ... if you don't mind though, send me an email off the board - i'm curious to know if i'm right :)

sggrosz at wisc dot edu
Thanks, sent ya an email... nmAsiago
Sep 26, 2003 6:01 AM
and who is this coach?? nmtwospoke
Sep 25, 2003 12:05 PM