After getting excellent results at the Results Room from late 2011, losing around 40kg and making some lasting changes, in early 2014 a chance came to train with Coach Adam, who’d just returned from the UK. Adam came with serious running credentials, and I saw this as a chance to really focus on running, getting fast and finally beating my wife Sierra. We focussed my training on running – I completed Adam’s Cadence Conditioning course that got me running efficiently and correctly. This, and the drills (which I always do, honest Adam), have meant that I have been injury free for last 2 years – it’s very rare for a runner to be able to say that!
What I enjoy, and gets results, is that we focus on my overall training rather than just the hour a week PT session. Together we plan the training the week, how it all fits together as a week and leading up to a race. Most importantly, is Adam’s instance on making sure you work out your arms and chest the Friday before a big race – this makes sure they’re looking their best for the camera.
This has paid off in consistent improvements over the last 2 years, last year I took 12 minutes off my half marathon time. This year we focused on 10k races. The first race we targeted was the Vosseller Shield – New Zealand’s toughest mountain race – and shaved 6 minutes off over the 10k. The next, and most important, race was the Wellington Road Championships held each year in Wainuimata. All the tough sessions at the Results Room and along the waterfront paid off, I exceeded expectations (perhaps not Adam’s – he’s tough to please) recording a 50 second personal best of 42:10. Compared to not being able to break 45 minutes in 2013, this was a great improvement – and one that is set to continue.