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 .
Ray has competed in triathlons from sprint to ironman distance (both IM Taupo and Challenge Wanaka). Consequently he is aware of the importance of balancing training with lifestyle, thus complimenting other important aspects of an athlete’s life (family, work, study commitments etc…).
• Entering your first triathlon?
• Stepping up to a longer distance?
• Looking to go faster?
• Wanting to turn previous negatives into positives?
Ray has coached athletes to achieve these and more. Training programmes are accessible online, so athletes can be located anywhere and still reap the benefits of Ray’s coaching. Contact him to discuss how he can assist you to achieve your goals.
I’ve taken my most popular training plan and given it a make over for 2020. I’ve taken the 12 Weeks to an Ironman Swim PB – Swim Faster with Smarter Training and I’ve modified to to expand the programme from 12 weeks and include an option for more than 3 swims per week.
Now the programme has created some great times for athletes competing at Ironman events around the world, but it was overly set in stone. Now if you have got between 8 & 24 weeks to an Ironman and are consistently swimming 3x, 4x or 5x per week, I’ve created an option for you. This is regardless of the length of pool 25m, 33⅓yd or 50m pool.
Being a junior triathlete in NZ in the 90's I grew up racing against and being inspired by the likes of John Hellemans. I attended training camps that he ran, and this book gives a great insight into his life and challenges during that time as well as before and after.