Trainsharp Testimonials - Jamie Beale
"I have always from an early age enjoyed cycling, mainly for fun and for keeping fit with the majority of the time riding on my own as I had not been involved in the club scene. This changed in 2005 when I joined a local club as I wanted to do more riding on a regular basis and this seemed the ideal way to meet new riders and get more involved in regular group rides.
The club also had a lot of riders who were in to time trialling and never having done any racing before decided to have a go at my first time trial which was an evening club 8 mile event. After finishing the race, feeling sick and dizzy as I had never before ridden at that effort I felt strangely elated at achieving a finish in a faster time than I had imagined I could and found that secretly I had a competitive streak. I did a few more club events to gain confidence and then did a couple of open events which really opened my eyes to how fast people could go, and from this I decided as I wasn’t getting any younger I wanted to see what I could achieve as a personal best. To achieve this I realised I needed to get some proper coaching and I was then introduced to Jon by a member from the club I joined who had been coached by him and had successfully year on year reduced his times and achieved PB after PB.
I initially had a max test done in mid 2007 to see what my power output was and from this I was given my personal training zones and how and I needed to use them to make the improvements I was seeking.
I was also given advice on how to get the bike set up for time trialling and what parts made the biggest improvements.
I used these for the following events I had entered and my times continually improved so from this I then arranged for personal coaching on a one to one basis with weekly training schedules.
This was done for the remaining 8 week period of the races I had planned to ride and from this I was able to achieve a PB in every race entered.
The coaching is now ongoing and I have managed to learn so much about what my body can do with the right amount of training and rest and I know that every hour I am training is only going to make further improvements for the coming season.
- Reduction of over 7 minutes on previous “25” time and winning best improvement for a local “25”
- Reduction of 1 min 37 secs on previous “10”
- 10mile TT - 24:12
- 25mile TT - 1:03:17
Jons scientific Knowledge and his approach to training and his encouragement has made all the difference for me to set and to reach my own goals and I know that if it can work for me it can work for you to"