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Since commencing my program with Clayton in October I have clearly become a stronger rider. That is the bottom line. I have accomplished a number of my cycling goals for 2021 and a few others I believe are within reach I just need to pick the day to go out and make it happen.
As a “mature” rider it is very gratifying to be in a strong group ride doing my share of the work and being one of the riders still there at the end.
What is great, even beyond my expectations: Coach Max is able to find a sweetspot between hard training and keeping me motivated, hungry for more. Working without a coach I had a typical problem of pushing too hard too often and now it is solved. I am still on a learning curve and feel my fitness is improving a lot – but the starting point was not that high. Coach is listening to my feedback and adjusts program according to it. I am still before first races after starting work with CTS, but I have gained a lot of confidence in my fitness and development.
What is not perfect for me (I haven’t talked about it with Coach yet) – strenght training program seems to be a little bit too sophisticated for me. Probably it is a bit too structured and complicated and as I don’t have much experience and skills with this type of work, I don’t have much fun doing it. And not always comply with it as well.
Clayton has been an excellent coach! He reaches out frequently and is an excellent communicator and a supportive coach for the hard workouts. He responds to texts and emails promptly and frequently offers encouraging words.
I’ll preface this review with the fact that I’m a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a Bachelors’ Degree in Exercise Science. I’m a trail/ultra coach myself and was looking for a coach who could truly challenge me physically and was someone I could learn from to better my own coaching. Corrine is the cream of the crop. I super appreciated her respect for the science, but also has tremendous experience to draw from. I DNF’d the Run Rabbit Run 100 back in 2016 and finally decided to give it another go. I hired Corrine to make absolutely sure that I could complete my goal, and in a way that I felt proud of. But I’m a busy dad who runs a business… Corrine was easy to work with and respected my schedule and life obligations. I highly recommend working with CTS and especially Corrine. They’re doing it right. The bar for entry to be a coach these days is LOW, and at CTS they make sure you’ll have a solid coach who can get you where you want to be!
For over 2 years we have made considerable progress in my focus, fitness and movement. It is a blessing to have him encourage me to take care of myself and to push myself. This year I had an accident that set me back but his consistency was contagious to keep me moving forward. Thankful for a great coach!
Stephanie is such a great coach. She is always encouraging and motivating. We’ve dealt with a bit of injury as my body adapts to higher mileages, but we’ve evolved the training plans to be smarter about how I handle loads and how to get the most out of my training. Stephanie really listens to my feedback and tailors training based on her knowledge, coupled with my feedback.
Stephanie is also super responsive, even responding to questions and concerns over weekends very regularly. She always makes herself available to talk through issues and is always genuinely happy for me when things go well and we’re making progress.
I feel very supported and lucky to have her as my coach.
I have improved my training tremendously. I am encouraged to squeeze out more training time from my schedule. Clayton is realistic, and encouraging. I improved my time at my last event to the best I’ve done in about 5 years.
In my short time working with Jason, I’ve completed workouts – getting up to 2x40min @ 90% of FTP – that I never previously thought I would be able to do. And we are working with a work to recovery ratio – 3 weeks on, 1 week recovery / max efforts – that seems to be a ratio I’m tolerating well, plus the CTS ramp rate so far has gotten me to an overall load / CTL that is the highest I’ve ever hit.
On the pure coaching level, Jason clearly explains what we are doing, and why he’s chosen the specific workouts and the goal for the period we are in. And for me, working with a more data driven coach aligns more with how I think.
The only suggestion I have, and I think this is across CTS, would be to integrate strength sessions into coaching. Or have the ability to have a strength coaching & assessment done, and then a plan developed that would integrate well with the cycling plan.
Max helps on several levels: First by creating a training plan based on my fitness level and goals, then by constantly tweaking it based on my progress and life realities. Secondly, he gets the mental/emotional/intangible aspects and is a very steady hand and good listener as I roller coaster a bit mentally and emotionally. He is patient and positive, but also persistent. The end result is I have what I would call positive accountability. I have achieved the overall fitness level I wanted and can easily ride with the strongest riders in my two groups. My climbing is way better and I can put the hammer down to close gaps or drag everyone along at a brisk pace for long stretches. I now have the confidence that I can take it to the next level because sticking with it has shown that it really does work. I am very grateful that Max is there for me.
Charlie , with humor but firmness, gets me to ride out of my comfort zone. He understands which of my systems need to be worked on and prescribes good workouts
I wasn’t sure about how a coach would help me at first. I’m not an elite runner and I don’t train full-time. However, I do enjoy running/racing and while my training had some structure, I guessed it could be better. Hiring Sarah took things to a much better place. Taking out the randomness of my running program and having a professional coach listen to my goals and then tailor a training plan to not only suit those goals, but also work with my specific capabilities has been remarkable. Sarah’s positive attitude, attention to detail, thorough commentary to all my questions, inquisitive and thoughtful questions of me, and just her constant support of my goals has been remarkable. She is easy to talk to, quick to respond, usually has an idea or two in her pocket, but is also willing to research the answer if oddball questions come up. The quality of my training has improved dramatically and having Sarah on my team has already proven race beneficial as well.
Jeanna has been great! She is very thorough, always taking the time to explain everything. She follows up during the week and always touches base with me prior to and after an event. She is definitely in my corner.
I simply don’t write reviews for anything… Andy is the rare exception.
Working with Andy has truly been a life altering experience. Having been a runner and cyclist throughout my youth and into college and graduate school, the majority of my 30s were spent doing a whole lot of nothing athletically. By the time my 40s hit, I was completely out of shape, overweight, and on a path of potential long term health problems. About two years ago, I decided to make dramatic lifestyle changes with the primary goal of restoring a healthy balance to my life, but also to begin competing again in the endurance sports that I loved in my youth.
I first became aware of Andy and his coaching ability while racing bikes in graduate school many years ago– Andy coached a couple of athletes I knew well, and they always seemed to be winning races and doing amazing things.
Even though I was a middle-aged, out of shape guy with no real athletic accomplishments since the late 1990s, Andy took me on and began working with me to outline a series of goals and a plan to accomplish them.
Andy is an exceptionally knowledgeable coach — both on the bike and in endurance running. I continue to learn a tremendous amount from him. He is very patient, easy going and has an amazing ability to handle what I have viewed as setbacks (injury, illness, work/life/travel, etc) as no big deal. I’m continually impressed with how he tailors and adapts my workout schedules to meet my insanely busy schedule.
About a year ago, I told Andy I wanted to not only run my first competitive marathon (I’ve run the distance as part of ultras in the past but never raced it), and wanted to do so in a Boston Qualifying time. Most people who know me thought I was entirely detached from reality… not Andy. He let me know that it was certainly a do-able goal, but would require a lot of hard work and some luck (no injuries, etc.). Sign me up!
Andy has been an instrumental and vital partner in helping me train and accomplish all these goals. I got my BQ (by 3+ minutes), broke a 20+ year old PR in the half marathon (by 6 minutes), and set all-time PRs in every distance from 10K to the Marathon. I am in the best shape of my life — both running and on the bike. Had anyone told me two years ago that I would have accomplished all this, I would’ve laughed. Andy deserves way more credit than I can write in a review.
Many thanks and cheers!
My objective has markedly changed several times over the past few years. Jane has adapted my program to these changes in ways that have rapidly produced tangible improvements in the different performance elements that contribute to success in the new paradigms. She is also fun to work with.
I trust Corrine to set a plan so that I am able to reach my goals. My goals being “not dying while running a trail ultra”. When Corrine sets my schedule, I know this is what I have to do to stay on track to complete my next race. It enables me to be accountable to myself, because I can say to myself “I need to do this today, so that I can complete the race that’s two months away”. Without Corrine I’d probably just run 4 miles a day which would keep my healthy, but wouldn’t prepare me and wouldn’t progress me. With Corrine it’s not just “someone else” setting my schedule “it’s someone I trust” setting my schedule. Corrine makes it so I don’t over train or under train, which is exactly what I need.
With Sarah’s help I was able to complete my first 50 mile run with no chafing and no blisters. It was in the summer in the Florida Keys so I fee pretty proud. She put up with a lot of inconsistency on my part but truly coached me through my ups and downs. When I needed a reality check around my marathon run in the lead up to the 50 miler, Sarah walked me through the thought process and helped me reach the tough choice of dropping the marathon event to get the best result out of the ultimate goal. Sarah has helped me feel good about my accomplishments and not let me get too worked up about the setbacks. There is a lot more within my power than I thought. I’m working on my next goal with her now.
I’ve been working with Josh for a couple months and found Josh is great about responding when I send a request for assistance. He is knowledgeable and friendly. The friendly part is important to me, but might not matter for a lot of people. Josh seems to genuinely care about my needs. His cycling knowledge and willingness to share has helped me a lot.
I’m kind of a challenge, 61 years old, trying to transition from being a cyclist for over 35 years to going after some ultra running goals I set. My body isn’t built for running, so I’ve been fighting injuries ever since I had this vision quest, and ultimately I wasn’t able to complete the big goal of finishing the LT100 run, I’ve completed many many others that I couldn’t have done with Duncan’s help, knowledge, and guidance, he made adjustments when and where needed. I’ve ran countless 50K runs, a 50 mile run, and achieved much more than just running improvements. He’s a class act.
Working with Noah has been great. I made some great progress in my ability to sustain power for much longer durations. I was doing really well then I fell during a gravel bike race and broke my hip. That put me out for a while and Noah has just about gotten me back to where I was before I fell. He is doing a great job with me and I look forward to continuing to work with him for a long time.
Coach Sarah has tremendously helped me improve my fitness and running. She is amazing to work with and focuses on her athletes and not just the next progression in the training block. 100% give this woman a raise lol!