How It Works
Athletes' Experiences With CTS
My coach has improved my strength and really has me focussed on my areas of weakness. He is very responsive and helpful, answering any question quickly and clearly.
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.
Maddison has made a positive impact in my overall health. I truly believe that having a coach to be accountable has added years on to my career as a surgeon. My biking performance has improved year to year. Below is a summary of positives and areas that could be improved upon for Maddison.
1. Maddison is always responsive to emails. He will adjust my schedule based on my personal professional or travel obligations.
2. He will build a workout schedule that accommodates my work obligations.
3. He addresses non-workout issues such as bike set-up. Working around injuries.
4. Is honest about performance. Manages my expectations. Doesn’t tell me what I want to hear.
5. Takes my training seriously even though I am not a true high performing athlete.
6. He has not allowed personal issues such as deaths in the family or injuries to keep him from his coaching responsibilities.
Areas of improvement.
Being a older individual I have asked about other cross training exercises that can be done, such as weight lifting, lower body exercises or core workout to supplement my fitness and performance. There has not been follow through to add specific alternative exercises to the official workout schedule.
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.
Sarah has been awesome at helping me train smarter. The strength training has helped tremendously in making me feel stronger on the trails. She’s been awesome at adjusting training based on the scheduling constraints life throw at me. I recently injured my leg and having a coach adjust things and go to for advice has been amazing. I feel much more prepared than i have in the past.
It gives me structure and also add more intensity and speed work
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.
I picked up running a bit late in life at the age of 39. I began running 100 milers a few years later with mixed results. I eventually realized that I had no idea what I was doing. My training for that distance was random guesswork and my motivation was waning.
Searching for answers, I took an interest in Jason Koop’s podcasts/book/coaching. I decided to contact CTS, and found Stephanie. She’s been a breath of fresh air for me and my motivation. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge of training, nutrition, racing, mindset and balance. She’s obviously an elite athlete, but that wasn’t of particular importance to me. From my perspective, we’ve worked together to develop training plans both long-term and short-term that push me hard enough to improve my fitness and ability to meet my goals, but not so much that I’m either injured or burned-out. She listens and gives me the feedback that I often need to hear whether positive or negative. There’s a sense of accountability that I wouldn’t have on my own. So, yeah, she’s pretty great.
Ivana is great! She really knows what she is doing and she goes beyond the coaching helping with nutrition, and health issues in general.
She is very organized but at the same time adapts to the athlete’s needs. I saw my times improving in all three sports and feel that I’m training much more efficient than before.
I have had years of burnout and injury. Stephanie has helped me reign in destructive training and thought patterns. At the same time she has carefully crafted a training plan that consistently challenges me but never leaves me depleted. I have never trained in my life without being in a constant state of fatigue. Each week I look forward to runs because I am rested enough to train smart. She has an uncanny ability to stretch my fitness but never wear me down. On top of all that, she is understanding of life responsibilities and tailors my training accordingly. I would most definitely refer people to her.
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.
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.
My coach gives me workouts that are challenging and fun and encourages a proper amount of rest/recovery time as well. His workouts are easy to follow and understand. I’ve been able to achieve a high level of fitness and am able to ride in fast group rides with riders half my age. My primary goal is to be fit and healthy for an overall balanced life. Max encourages and promotes a balanced approach to cycling and other life activities. He is very responsive to any questions I have and frequently comments on my ride reports. I’m very happy and fortunate to have him as my coach.
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.
Working with Sarah was from the start amazing!
Her explanations and training schedules are easy to understand but with a lot scientific background (which she will gladly explain thoroughly)
We worked together for 8 months for 1 main goal, which is the SwissAlps100 (100 Mile with 10 000 vert m) and I have never felt so ready in my life to experience this race.
Even with my slightly overambitious and rebellious nature, Sarah adapted perfectly to what I wanted and made sure that anything I had in mind was done according to the great plan.
The energy Sarah brought with her during our calls were extremely motivating and made you look forward to every hard week.
I have become much more knowledgeable regarding how to train correctly. I am more disciplined and structured with my training. I have seen consistent power, maintained and improved my FTP. I enjoy have a structured training plan and a schedule weekly and monthly. Maddison keeps me focused on the goals.
He is an inspiration. He will be back on his bike soon just needs to get better.
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!
We started working 9mths ago with Sarah and she is my first coach. I was looking for three things from my couch:
-I wanted to include weighs and speedwork in training and increase mileage to get ready for my first 100 miler
-I wanted to have a coach who would be actively involved on my training, giving feedback, answering questions and act as bounceboard for my plans (racegear, nutrition, raceplan) and give second opinion on my decisions (should I rest as my legs are sore or push on)
-Understand that I am full time officeworker with family on my 40’s so there are limiting factors.
From the start she has been delivering on all of these. Sarah is a fantastic coach, she knows technical aspects of conditioning but her greatest skill is the ability to build a connection. I feel that I have a friend, someone who is there for me whenever I need.
I am in best shape of my life and managed to finish my 1st 100 miler in tough conditions.
I think the best way to describe my feeling of this coaching relationship is that I would recommend Sarah and CTS for my friends.
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.
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!