I first started training with Ray in 2004. The previous year I had done the Round Taupo Cycle Challenge in 5.10. I decided I needed to train smarter with the limited time I had due to work commitments- with the aim to break 5 hours.
What I have found with Ray if you tell him exactly how much time you have to train and what tools you can use (in my case an indoor trainer and a Concept 2 Rowing machine) he is able to set a program to get the maximum benefit for your time.
I duly rode a 4.52 round Taupo that year. Over the years since, I have come and gone as a client with Ray. Each time I set my sights on an event I get in contact with Ray and he asks what my goals are and what I am prepared to do in training. He sets the training and I have always found that by the time race day comes around I know he has me in the condition to complete the event in an adequate fashion.
Being a remote relationship has never been a worry. I find if I have the schedule in front of me each day and I am paying for it, that’s enough motivation to get the training done.
If I ever have any questions or doubts about my training, Ray is more than happy to explain the pros and cons of various things.
I am happy to recommend Ray as a coach to anyone .