I have been coached by Dean for over 4 years. He was recommended to me as a coach who would get the most out of my ability, while working full time, to complete my first Ironman. I have not been coached before. Based mainly through TP, Dean has never left me unsure of where to go next, either on a daily training basis or which events would best fit my goals throughout the year.
Through his dedicated evaluation of my ability and constant feedback and monitoring, Dean has stopped me over training (my biggest enemy) and divided my time to get the most out of each discipline. His programs are both testing and interesting and keep me wanting more.
I can say that every event I had competed in, while being coached by Dean, I have exceeded my expectations. This has been achieved by both the exact training needed but also the correct taper for me and advice on how to cut down on mistakes. One such area I was struggling with was panic attacks while open water swimming - Dean managed to remove this.
Over the last 4 years, I consider Dean as a good friend. We communicate about training and personal matters frequently and regularly meet up, even though we live 100 miles apart. Above all though, Dean has been an amazing source of advice and guidance in my training. This has helped me achieve good results in 3 full IM's, several middle distance triathlons, sprint tri's, marathons both on and off road and major cycling sportives.
I I turned to Dean in 2011, my second year of triathlon, as I realised I was not getting the most out of my time and myself, having planned two iron distance races that year. He astonished me by tuning in immediately to my fitness level, experience, and lifestyle. He is able to provide clear workout instructions, with just the right amount of encouragement, knowing