In early 2016 I decided to set my sights on Kona qualification and wanted that edge to achieve it. Following a conversation with Chris from VerinesVelo it was decided that we could work together to achieve my ambition. The routine highs and lows of a triathlete would follow over the next two seasons and Chris would always be there, particularly through the lows, to get me through. Racing a 70.3 in Bahrain in 2017 I finished 3rd AG, 4hrs 34mins, gaining qualification for 70.3 World Champs in South Africa, GB AG for the ITU Long Course World Champs in Denmark and the highlight was Kona qualification through the military category having finished first 40+ military.
Chris has been timely in producing and commenting on training programmes to enable not only progression in all disciplines but importantly to plan for family, essential as an Ironman triathlete. Despite a bike crash Chris managed me through a hectic 92-day period which saw me compete in 3 World Championships and a 70.3 Inter Services event. Finishing Kona in 10hrs 37mins is a memory I will cherish forever and it’s thanks to Chris for getting me there.
I would recommend Chris as a coach in a heartbeat. To break our partnership was difficult following Kona but as I am planning to take a year out it was the right choice. Chris can certainly make a difference in your training and help you achieve your goals.
Ross – October 2015
Niall Todd, Cornwall