Turbo Studio Outdoor Squad
Why Train with Turbo Studio Squad?
Why is it that the many bike riders invest so much of their hard earned dollars in the bells and whistles of equipment yet barely spare a thought for the engine room itself? Is there a misguided perception that it’s possible to buy free speed? The engine room (you plus your training) deserves every bit if not more attention than your choice of equipment. In your early days of cycling it’s fair to say ‘just get on your bike and ride’. Time in the saddle is a must as it allows the body to adapt to a regime of consistent physical activity along with gradual increases in training load. Eventually it becomes more about specificity and mimicking your goals and whilst initially the thought of engaging a Coach to help you address them can seem somewhat of an indulgence, once you’re engaged in the process you’ll look back and wonder why you didn’t start sooner.
Now by goals I don’t mean you necessarily have to be sniffing out a professional cycling contract (though who am I to stop the determined!) Staying with the bunch on a quick Sunday ride is just as much of a goal as getting yourself on the podium at a National event or finishing a Gran Fondo. Everything is relative. Tailored Coaching is when a training plan is written specifically for YOUR goals based on YOUR lifestyle paired with YOUR training availability. It’s most definitely all about you. It’s not about getting the same plan as thirty other people training under the same Coach (and it’s easy to find out if this is the case – sit down together and open your plans, if they are all the same I would refer to what you are following as an off the shelf training guide - not Tailored Coaching).
An excessive catalogue of urban training myths exist within the peloton and bad habits can form early on. A Coach who is well versed in all aspects of their profession and with a sound history of results behind them is more often than not going to steer you toward your goals in a realistic manner as well as right any incorrect perceptions you’ve picked up along the way. So how does one go about choosing the person you will be engaging with more often than not and to whom you’ll be divulging a whole lot about yourself?
Word of mouth is by far the best road to follow and I’ve listed a few pointers to help in your decision making:
Look to see how other riders have improved under the tutelage of a Coach over time.
Are they loving their cycling more or less?
Are their goals becoming increasingly hairy and exciting?
If and when the rider becomes sick how does Coach and Athlete address it?
Is the rider always training alone? (A very isolated way to train. Cycling is a social sport and we are social beings that need to include a reasonable amount of training time with others in order to motivate).
Is the price of the Coaching honestly reflected in the level of service and are both parties being reasonable in their expectations?
Is there a healthy measure of mutual respect between the Coach and Athlete?
If the Athlete is not progressing is it due to the nature of the Coaching or the simple fact they are not following the plan?
A sit down with your intended Coach to discuss where you would like to be in three and six months is a good starting point. If you’re convinced you have picked well then trust in both your decision and in what they deliver without second guessing everything. Being accountable to someone who is taking care of the build process, the aspect of rest and recovery and who can act as a sounding board is immeasurable and the leaps and bounds you will make in your performance will be significant. There is always room for improvement and including a Coach in your cycling scenario will deliver both expected and unexpected benefits. I won’t let you go without one last piece of advice to go with you and your new Coach - when all else fails, stick to the plan…
Are You a Cyclist?
Perfecting the combination of skills and bunch etiquette along with the art of pacing on the bike through understanding your power (whether or not you own a power meter) is the primary strength of TSS. Whether you're a racer or non-racer learning bike craft is integral to becoming a better cyclist.
For racing members we teach race craft, how to conserve energy in a race, best tactics and skills to stay upright and for non-racing members improving power on the bike which equals an increase in speed as well as bike handling and group riding is all part of the agenda.
The combined experience of the TSS Coaches means a wealth of knowledge is at your fingertips, from training for and racing criterium to understanding how the bike leg in a triathlon can make or break your race day.
Are You a Triathlete?
Do you wonder why your bike leg is letting you down or perhaps you don't even realise it can improve beyond measure and subsequently impact your run. Do you finish the bike leg with heavy legs and go into your run wondering how you will ever finish?
Triathletes are effectively Time Triallers and understanding the art of pacing on the bike will make or break not only your bike leg on race day, but also your run. Training with a better understanding of how to execute your performance on the bike with dedicated Cycle Coaches will improve not one but two parts of your triathlon.
Go into race day with increased confidence together with an understanding of what is actually happening on the day.