Want to be Coached?
What type of training works for you? What motivates you? How can you improve your performance? These are questions that Kirkland Coaching can help you answer.
Reaching your true potential takes time, effort and an open mind. There are no quick fixes and trying to do it alone certainly doesn’t make it easier. That’s where a good coach comes in. Not every coach suits every rider though so it’s important to take the time to decide who you want to work with.
What Can I Offer You?
That depends. Fundamental to my coaching is that it’s always athlete-centred. That means that I will focus on your needs rather than simply giving you a generic training programme. Although my professional background is in sports science, I recognise that’s only a small part of being a good coach. Coaching is also about understanding human behaviour, what makes people tick and barriers that get in the way of optimal performance.
I will always recognise my limitations in qualifications, experience, expertise and competence. That means if I don’t know something, then I will say so. If I can’t help in a particular area, I’ll probably know an expert that can and refer you on. If there’s a simple solution, I won’t suggest a more complex one. As a member of staff at British Cycling and as an avid sports fan, I aim to protect the integrity of endurance sport and promote clean drug free sport, without exception. That means helping ensure you never take a banned substance, even inadvertently when I’m coaching you. The Global DRO link at the side of the page will help.
Am I the Coach for You?
Being coached isn’t simply about being told what to do. It’s about forming a relationship of trust in which I value your input as much as you value mine. I’ll tailor training plans to meet your needs and that needs regular contact and great feedback from you.
I can’t coach everyone who asks. Rather, I keep a very small ‘book’ of athletes who have clear direction in what they want to achieve and the work ethic required to succeed. I prefer not coach youth or junior riders as I feel their needs are better served in a club or team environment.
What I Charge?
If you’re an elite or talented young athlete who is struggling to make ends meet, then a thank-you and a regular donation to my charity of choice Youth Charter for Sport is likely to be sufficient. I’m currently not taking on any paying clients.
Additional TrainingPeaks charges may apply
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Please feel free to email me with any specific questions you have and a contact number if you’d like me to phone you. Alternatively, please leave a comment on the blog.