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Athletes' Experiences With CTS
Stephanie has been very helpful:
– Emphasizing the importance of leg treatment, specifically stretching and massage. I had a knee issue for months, and after some ideas and encouragement from her, my knee is as healthy as it’s been in awhile.
– She keeps me accountable – without a coach, I wouldn’t be getting out the door day-in, day-out. That’s been one of the primary reasons for my improvement.
– I was winging it with training plans previously – the plan she’s developed for me is more focused on data-driven results.
Two areas where I’d like to continue improving:
– Understanding the “why” and the science behind the training plan. We’ve talked about doing a phone call as she designs 2-3 weeks of a training plan so I can understand why she prescribes what distances and at what intensity. I haven’t had a chance to advocate more for this. I’d like to learn more.
– I want to take advantage of the nutrition consultation that is part of the level of coaching I signed up for.
Overall, I’ve enjoyed working with Coach Stephanie immensely!
It’s an honor and a privilege to work with someone of Andy Jones-Wilkin’s stature. He has been around ultrarunning for a long time, has finished at the very front of the pack at some of the most prestigious ultras but enjoys the back-of-the-packers just as much. He’s kind, humble, sincere and a great advocate for the sport. He’s quick to laugh and I love a coach (or anyone) with a good sense of humor. AJW is good for the sport. His love of the sport is infectious and that helped encourage me to reach for greater challenges like the 50-miler and soon 100-miler. He’s quick to respond, and make adjustments when life gets in the way. The training he provided me as well as the personal communication helped me to run my first 50-miler with no issues. I I had a great day and was amazed that the training helped prepare me to actually run almost the entire 50-miles. I’ve run all my life but that was a revelation. It made me feel like anything was possible!
Clayton is a patient teacher while excellent at challenging you to exceed your own expectations.
I am very happy with my decision to work with Ryne. He has created a training block for me that has me feeling fit, confident and–most important–injury free! Ryne has done a fantastic job communicating with me and explaining my training and then adjusting my training based on how I have handled the miles as well as my feedback and my schedule. I could not be happier with how things are going and I am very excited to test my fitness at the MMT 100 in a few weeks!
I am very happy to be working with Corrine. She has helped me integrate interval workouts into my training in a way that helps me prevent injuries, which was always a problem when I tried on my own. She has also helped me understand and appreciate the importance of rest days; I can really feel the benefit when I run after a rest day as my legs feel much fresher.
I also feel less beat up after races. My times have not improved overall but I feel stronger and am climbing better. I do believe I will start to see improvement in finishing times as this year progresses, but if not, that is fine, my goal at this point is to continue running and racing for as long as I can.
Thanks Corrine and CTS!
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.
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.
Chantelle has done an awesome job of building me up over the past couple of years. Helping me to set goals, aim high and then make plans to achieve them. She has a wealth of knowledge in so many areas , and nothing is ever a problem.
Particularly in these covid times, Chantelle has helped keep me focused and we’ve achieved some results I never dreamed of, including winning the Australian event in Bigs Backyard Ultra Satellite setting an Australian Record of 46hrs. This earned me a place to compete in Bigs Backyard in Tennessee in October 2021 where I’ll get to meet Chantelle face to face as she supports me for days in end as I aim to do Australia proud.
I could not be happier with my decision to work with Chantelle.
I didn’t know what to expect as this is my first time working with a professional personal coach. Sarah’s experience and adventuress attitude has been so helpful while I have been preparing for my first 100 miles distance while running a 24 hour race. I have 6 weeks to go and she has me training long and hard, while listening to me and checking my stats to make sure I don’t push to hard, get burnt-out (as I have before self coaching) or get injured before my big challenge. I am so glad I made the decision to use CTS and work with Sarah.
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.
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.
Extraordinary and very professional and knowleadble . Very happy working with her.
I am stronger and faster while learning more about the techniques used for my improvement and how to process the variations that come over time!
Working with Coach Feldman has helped me achieve my athletic goals. I continue to move forward in increasing my strength and endurance despite the pandemic, extreme weather and what ever life is throwing at me. Training with Coach Feldman keeps me motivated to continue training to reach my goals which are important to me. I know he may work with athletes that have more aggressive trainings schedules, but he works with my abilities to bring out the best in my performance.
I wish I had known about CTS years ago.
El Jefe or fearless leader as I know him has gone above and beyond my plan. I signed up for the cheapest one as funds are tight and I live in Indonesia. He has gone out of his way countless times( I’v been wearing 5 fingers for years like a dirty hippie I feel Koop’s eyes rolling). When I told Frederic that and my hippie shoes he didn’t flinch and just said if that’s what you want we will work with that.
He responds promptly and we chat regularly, and with great insights. He lets me do what I feel is right for me with great guidance and has worked around all different issues with terrain my lifestyle living in a small village in , Bali that barely has roads.
I will use his technique in my own coaching for swimming and freediving and hope that he gets the recognition he deserves as he is an amazing human and ya just a good dude that is there to help and what more coaches need to do, listen. He truly has changed me as an athlete and a coach/ teacher.
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.
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.
The two main factors that make a coach worth it are 1. they understand the science of foundational zone training and can proscribe an effective escalation of training load designed to help you meet your goals – 2. Your are accountable to someone else for your efforts – there are definitely times when you just do not want to get on the bike but knowing that coaching call is coming is a significant motivating factor.
Tracey has increased my OVERALL HEALTH. That is mental, physical, and overall health. My goals of getting faster, and improving group riding skills, have improved. She is more than that, as she really is interested in me as a HEALTHY PERSON! She has communicated with my Physical Trainer in order to stay in “sync” in what we are trying to accomplish in “different blocks”. She is very encouraging,, knowledgeable, and goal oriented as far as having “fun bicycle goals” like traveling and trying other bicycle activities. . I feel VERY LUCKY to have her as a Coach.