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Athletes' Experiences With CTS
Working with Coach Shute has helped me better understand the full realm of what it means to live an active/athletic life.
I came into the CTS program as a beginning marathon/ultra marathon runner. I am somewhat of a mid-pack runner and have really looked at taking that next step in my training to progress in the sport and stay healthy during the process. Coach has helped me embrace all parts of the training process including hydration, fueling, recovery, and amazing training plans. We have really started working to cross functionalize in cycling as well as adding varied gym and cardio work. I feel like I’ve progressed significantly over the last 6 months under his guidance completing both a PR 100k in 11.5 hours along with a PR Half marathon in 1:34:XX.
Along with the cardio and strength training that comes with our coach/athlete relationship, I’ve learned that calmness of mind and balance of spirit are essential to adapting to the training stimuli. I know I’ll never be the FASTEST guy at the local 5k, half marathon, or Ultramarathons, but I’ve learned that being the best version of myself for those around me is all we can really search for in this life. Amazing life lessons that I’ve picked up through my time with Coach Shute.
Matthew and I have been working together since Spring of 2017.
The carefully planned workouts are at the core of what I have gotten from Matthew. But honestly, sometimes his comments and phone calls have been even more important. He has been steady when I have been working hard toward an event, and when I have been allergic to my bike after months of training. He has been there when I was trying to make sense of a power meter for the first time, and when I had to take a long break to recover from a non-bike injury.
He has become ever more attuned to my need for rest. Pouring on hard workouts is EASY. Balancing hard workouts with adequate rest (especially as I get older) is much more challenging. Often he detects my need for more rest BEFORE I DO!
Our pre-event planning phone calls have been GOLD. Going into events with a clear plan and a back-up plan has been tremendously helpful. Of course, being able to de-brief my big events with Matthew is equally valuable.
Thank you, Matthew!
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.
He has been there when I needed to know if what I was experiencing was expected. I think that I am a bit of an anomaly as I assume not many 85 year old biker are trying to maintain some semblance of prior fitness. I would be pleased to find that this assumption is in error. I bike mainly because I enjoy the activity and I wish to be able to continue at a level that is enjoyable. I have a heart rate that seems to be a bit fickle in that load and heart rate does not always keep up. Max has been able to guide me through the problems this has caused. To better monitor my progress might be switch to watts vs heart rate, but I haven’t opted for the cost of watts meters. That may come.
Max has been good at explaining what I need to do next and keeping me on track. There are days that getting on the bike is not my first priority, but I get on the bike or trainer and attempt to make the time spent productive.
If you are going to make “the big” effort, do it well. And for that you need the best; you need Charlie.
Corrine simply put has helped me realize gains in performance and personal goals that I would never have realized on my own. Her approach is a unique intersection of coaching science, discipline and fun mixed with the pragmatic reality that running is an important part of my life but not the only part. She is always accessible to answer questions, walk through race strategy or to help understand and incorporate feedback and thoughts on data from Training Peaks or personal thoughts and experience. Her approachable manner and deep experience both in running and competitive sports at the highest level brings a unique resource to the ‘everyday’ athlete. Her commitment to your success and satisfaction is tangible and importantly genuine. It is a unique opportunity to find that great intersection of the scientific coaching coupled with the experience of a high performance athlete who can meet you where you are and help you improve but also enjoy the journey along the way! I cannot give a strong enough endorsement and would recommend Corrine without reservation to anyone who has a serious desire to learn, improve and enjoy the process.
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.
Jason is very mellow and easy to work with. He is extremely knowledgeable as a coach and he continually pushes me to reach new heights in my training. My power has improved dramatically since I began working with CTS, and Jason. Jason has pushed me in the best training blocks to prepare me for my races, and my success in these races is largely due to his exact training, that dials me in. Jason has done wonders for my cycling and is a fantastic representation of Carmichael Training.
Clayton is a patient teacher while excellent at challenging you to exceed your own expectations.
Less stress deciding what, when, and how to train.
Helping me understand what we are doing and how it effects my performance.
Helping me put my race results in perspective. It’s good to have a neutral third party to discuss races with.
I have confidence in his prescriptions. He has trained and is training older athletes.
I have discovered I can do more than I thought I could.
It’s unfortunate he lives so far away. Adding skills coaching to the package would be very beneficial.
Wow… what I can say. With Chantelle coming into my life as a coach it has made a huge impact on my achievements.
Of note were the following that was made possible by the precise programming; HK4TUC, Chang Rai, Dragons Back Race, and last man standing in Singapore.
Reid is engaging , positive and flexible. I have been riding for approx 25 years and Reid has been excellent at understanding my lack of technology skills and my old school training habits. It has been extremely easy to create our plan of course but also to change midstream if needed. Great experience.
I’m very lucky to have Sarah as my coach. She is very knowledgeable, always available for any question or to adjust my training if anything happens and she is such a positive and kind person. Her training has helped me get faster in my running and her strength training has hugely helped me get rid of some annoying muscle pain. I just love her!
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!
After several years of piecing together running information from the internet, I made the jump and hired a coach. No regrets. Custom training plans based on my race goals and schedule. Weekly phone calls that give me answers to my big and small questions. Lots of encouragement.
Works with me to help me become and stronger runner. Knows when to push, when to back off. Uses science and research in formulating a plan and a response. Also is tuned into the emotional aspect of life. She is an amazing athlete herself which is a huge plus.
Matt has helped with motivation, analysis of workouts and equipment choices. But the real thing I love about Matt: he’s very human. He gets that much as we’d like it to be true, most of us have to fit cycling around life instead of the reverse. Matt has continued to coach me to better riding on physical, emotional and mental levels. So much of his instruction and advice have become part of my cycling psyche. And he and his wife had a baby recently. Congrats Matt!
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.
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.
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.