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Athlete of the month – October 2019

The Athlete of the month award has been designed to highlight the hard work and determination of athletes that I coach. With a £20 wiggle voucher on offer each month then it can be a little incentive to help keep athletes motivated

This months winner is……

This months award goes to Jo who is part of the Ride Harder Academy. Jo was a little unsure that the plan would be suitable for her having only a basic turbo training however using Heart Rate has completed the objective of all the sessions. I have been impressed with how she has embraced structured training and moved the sessions around to suit her availability and has quietly just got on with ticking them off one by one.
Well Done Jo, keep up the good work during the winter and you will have made big improvements come the race season next year!
Jo walker
Vets receptionist
How long have you been cycling and what got you into it ?
I’ve been cycling a few years now. I got into because as a runner I had a few injuries so couldn’t run so I thought I’d do some cycling to keep up my fitness and loved it.
What’s your dream bike ?
Envie liv Pro
What are your goals for 2020 ?
My goals for 2020 are to try and get quicker on the TT’s
What is your favourite training session on the Ride Harder Plan ?
I like the mid week ones with a lot of variety
Favourite cycling / training quote ?
Winter miles = summer smiles
What’s the best best piece of equipment you have purchased to help you improve as a cyclist ?
Garmin Speed & cadence sensors
How have you improved since being in the academy?
Too early to tell
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced since starting structured training and how have you overcome it ?
2hr endurance sessions on the turbo, but have done the last one with a friend, to help the time go quicker
What one bit of advice would you give to someone who wants to improve their cycling?
I’d tell them to keep training and put the effort in and you will improve
James Walsgrove

My cycling career started in 2005 when I purchased my first road bike and I was immediately hooked. Since then I have completed numerous cycling challenges including Ironman, Lands’ End to John O Groats, Mt Ventoux (all 3 ascents), London to Paris, the BBAR challenge which included a 12hour TimeTrial and more recently the Mallorca 312.

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