My coach is Deborah Leedale-Brown, owner of dlb2-Full Potential. I started working with Deborah in June of this year, as I began transitioning from a triathlon focus to a cycling focus.
Deborah is an experienced cyclist and trained physiologist. She was able to restructure my training into a crit-focused program, while retaining my time trial strengths. It was a bit of an adjustment moving from 10-14 hour training weeks to 5-8 hour training weeks but I soon learned to embrace the pattern of race, recover, high intensity efforts, recover, race…and so forth. I also received valuable coaching from Deborah on form and technique as well as race tactics. My first road season was quite successful. I earned my Cat 3 upgrade in my first season of road cycling focus.
In my “off-season” I have decided to take up cyclocross racing as a means of getting in hard efforts and improving my handling skills. My first races were less than stellar, with my technical skills holding me back. Deborah and I went on a Mountain Bike ride together where she was able to ride behind me and quickly diagnose a few simply things I could adjust and build confidence. Then I rode following her line, paying attention to her form and how she positioned herself on the bike. In a 90 minute session I noticed a huge improvement in my comfort at higher speeds. That translated through to my cross races the following weekend where I placed high enough to earn upgrade points for the first time ever.
I race bicycles at USAC events for Guy’s Racing Club. Guy’s Bicycles is my local bike shop – they have an amazing bike culture and are a fixture in the community. I trust my entire stable of bikes to Guy’s for maintenance and fitting. Cannondale is our race team bike sponsor. Several of the bikes in my stable are Cannondales and they are road racing machines.
Guy’s Racing Club promotes 2 local races – the Neshaminy Classic Mountain Bike Race and Whirlybird ‘Cross. In addition, you can find our team racing Road, MTB and Cross across the Mid-Atlantic, PA, and NJ series races.