Spent 45 minutes with you getting to grips with balancing time for training, family, business. I needed a kick and I got one - and great direction re what will work for me.
Just had a coaching session with Andy Mouncey; I was impressed (though not really surprised) by Andy's coaching skills. It wasn't so much the technical knowledge (which he clearly has), more that he really makes a big effort to question and take a genuine interest in you and what motivates you. Definitely came away inspired from a couple of epiphany moments...!! Many thanks..
Spent 45 minutes with you sorting out pre-race wobbles. Energising, empowering, boosting. Re-directed my mind reminding me that I could and would finish - and I did.
'You gave me such an individual, tailored approach towards my own training plan - I am really enjoying this fresh approach. I came away… with greatly increased confidence and I feel I learned so much. I can already see the results of the practical skills coaching…' Client preparing for first time at UTMB.
I used the down time to attend a day-long seminar in February that a running company called XNRG ran just outside London. Probably 30 people attended from the UK, all of whom were either entered into, or thinking about entering UTMB. A group of pro runners gave talks about how to train, gear recommendations, the course itself, strategy, etc etc. It was great for a lot of us newbies. And it was during these talks that I realised I needed a coach if I was going to be serious about preparing.
Gear / nutrition / suggestions?
1. Trail shoes with incredible grip
2. Shoes that fit perfectly – any hot spots in training will multiply in the race (losing toe nails? Go up a size)
3. Perhaps wear a wind proof top and a rain jacket over the top with a medium mid layer warm top. Gives more flexibility on layering than one warm top and one jacket.
4. Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition – the gaps between checkpoints make it difficult to replenish but you can’t survive on the food from the checkpoints alone
5. Get crew if you can
6. Practice in training with every single piece of gear that you intend taking
7. Practice with poles
8. Guard against chafing
9. Get a good light and train with it
10. Prepare a race plan
11. Find a coach who knows UTMB
12. Use the checkpoints for what you need but don’t hang around
13. Take a nap on the 2nd night – but no longer than 20 mins
Neil - it was on my mind to email you - thanks so much it was a great help and made a real difference. Certainly I found your session the most helpful given we are nearer the same pace and I think the issues are very different for Robbie and Damo!
Many thanks for a very inspiring and thought-provoking day yesterday