It’s all too easy to lose sight of the important aspects of training when preparing for a tough challenge. It’s so easy to get one aspect of training or preparation blown out of proportion or to forget that another should be taking priority. Good training is training that stays focused on the right things at the right time and a coach can bring the objective view point, from someone who completely understands what you are trying to achieve.
There’s no doubt about it – training to achieve a personal challenge is a tough business. It requires dedication and sacrifices. How do you find the motivation to leave the comfort of your sofa and get out there for some hard training, especially if you’re already tired and you simply don’t feel like it? For many people this is the single biggest benefit of having a coach. Someone else is waiting to hear how you got on in your training – you’ve agreed with them that this training is what needs to be done – for many a coach provides just the ‘kick up the backside’ they need!
Confidence and self-belief
We all know of people who have achieved amazing things – but the starting point for anyone to achieve anything must be that they BELIEVE they can. I will openly admit that I never believed that training would work for me. I was an ordinary cyclist with no great ability and I simply didn’t believe it would be worth training. Several years later I know with confidence what improvements good training can bring – and it is my role as a coach to give you that confidence too.
Tailored training plans
The problem with standardised training plans or predefined plans from a book is that they by definition assume a certain level of experience or fitness. They cannot possibly take into account your strengths and weaknesses, your sporting background or the unique nuances of your goals. By working with a personal coach you can have total confidence that a training plan will match your needs and that every ounce of expended energy will be worthwhile.
Why do you need a coach?
Some riders are very clear about their goals and they only want help achieving them. For others the task of identifying SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound) goals is more difficult. What is certain is that for all riders the opportunity to talk over the possible directions and targets for short, medium and long-term objectives can lead not only to better goals but to more focus and ownership for targets and hence greater motivation.
Coach Kate Slegrova
Kate has competed in cycling and multisport events since her early teens. She has competed successfully in road races, time trials, and various multisport events over the years.
Her greatest passion is mountain biking, and she has achieved numerous impressive podium positions and has completed some of the toughest mountain biking stage races on the planet.
She now helps others to achieve their cycling goals whilst continuing to race at a competitive level.
- Strong mountain biker with successes at Elite and 1st category level racing
- Completed the ABSA Cape Epic in 2011
- 1st Place Mixed Team, Garden Route 300 2012
- Numerous podiums in local mountain bike races
- Completed the Ironman 70.3 in South Africa 2012
- Has experience successfully coaching all levels of cyclist, from beginner through to intermediate level, and is a qualified practicing personal trainer.