Over the last eight years I’ve had an absolute blast working with up to more than 20 riders at a time from the ages of 14 to 50-something who have raced on the road or the dirt, or both, or started with one and taken up the other, for races that last for anything from 30 minutes to 24 hours non-stop, or several days in the case of stage racing. I’ve coached people to both national and world titles. Some of the best and most rewarding results have been when people have come to me with goals, worked their butts off following their personal training plan, and blown those goals out of the water. I don’t know of anything else that has such equal portions of both challenge and reward.
And apart from a couple of the early years when I took time out for racing, it was all done in addition to the demands of a full time career. Working daily with data, it was quite complementary, but placed limits on how many people I could work with and the progression of new ideas – sometimes, to my frustration, quite severely.
A few weeks ago my job was one of many placed at risk by a new round of restructuring at work.
It was time to consider my options. And the result of that is: More Cowbell!!!
Over the years, ideas have cropped up that I’ve put aside because I didn’t have the time to invest in them. Not to mention having to turn down opportunities to coach people. This move will allow me to change all of that, including taking on more riders, increasing the products and services on offer (including expanding the type of training plans that are available), running more training camps, and investing in tools and products (such as Training Peaks) to add to the Cowbell experience.
Over the next few months I’ll wind down the office job and ramp up the Cowbell factor. I’m super excited!!!