I met Ray 13 years ago as a young soldier when he was the Physical Training Instructor (PTI) for my unit in the Army. Over the first few years I had a good insight into his training style and used his training programmes to run my first marathons in my late teens/early 20’s.
When I started to look for a coach for finishing an Ironman I looked up Ray as I had already experienced his coaching and training style. We started with a phone consult where we discussed what my goals were, how he ran his training for an event like this and what coaching package would best suit what I wanted to achieve. I went with the Team Qwik Kiwi. Ray understands the needs of life and can tailor your training around your individual needs. I work shift work on an 8 day week so my training was written to suit this. As it is a long process to train for an Ironman Ray uploaded my training week by week and tailored it to suit changes in my roster, fatigue levels, or if I had any injuries/or niggles. My intention was to do it once, but I decided to carry on training for another year to complete Ironman twice along with a number of other events along the way including the Taupo 70.3 Half Ironman in 2017 and 2018.
Some highlights achieved as a result of the training include:
- 3rd place overall 2018 Tauhara Trail Half Marathon
- Achieved Sports Waikato’s Erin Baker and Cameron Brown Awards twice
- 2018 Ironman NZ 10:39 (1:04 / 5:34 / 3:54)
- 2019 Ironman NZ 10:29 (1:03 / 5:50 / 3:29)
- Achieved an Ironman All World Athlete (AWA) Bronze rating for the 2019 following 2018 results.
Throughout the last few years Ray has always been approachable and put in a lot of time and effort each week to keep mine and his other athletes training updated. I wouldn’t have achieved the results I have without Ray and would recommend him as a coach to anyone looking to achieve their sporting goals.
– Mark Doohan (Taupo)
If you would like to talk to me about coaching for your next event, checkout the coaching options available with the Qwik Kiwi Squad.