The heading may sound a bit melodramatic but having Chris (www.verinesvelo.com) as a coach has changed not just my attitude to what I can achieve in sport but has changed many facets of my life, I trust his advice totally and we have become great friends. Before meeting Chris I had run a few marathons and two ultra marathons and felt pretty hardcore until I marshalled at the inaugural Ironman Wales… I was in awe of the rubber clad masses swarming into the water, totally impressed by the distance cycled and amazed anyone could run a marathon afterwards. I had to become an Ironman…
The only problem was I couldn’t swim, and not your usual “I can’t swim I can only do 50 lengths”, I couldn’t swim. I tried at least 4 IM coaches who refused to take on a non-swimmer before I got a text from Chris who had been given my number by one of those who turned me down. We met up, discussed my goals and commitment to the goals and he agreed to take me on. In our first session I did about 10 metres doggy paddle before realising I suffer anxiety attacks in the water, which is why I probably didn’t swim.
This didn’t phase Chris and we went right back to basics and his positive attitude always left me determined not to let him down. It was a very difficult journey for me learning to swim but Chris’ drive and belief in me kept pushing me on. I didn’t own a bike either but soon started cycling with Chris and found that much easier!!! Running now seemed really easy.
It took almost two years, hundreds of anxiety attacks and lots of picking me up after set-backs, but together we did it and I completed IM Wales in an unbelievable 12 hours and 1min, although Chris killed me for not going 11.59!!! I still don’t believe I can swim 2.4 miles in the sea…I have stuck at triathlon and completed the Outlaw Long Distance Triathlon and have entered the Brutal Extreme Triathlon for 2016. My running times have dramatically improved and my marathon time is down from 3.51 to 3.11 and I will do sub 3.00 before I’m 45 (13 months left!!!).
Chris is such a positive person and a joy to be involved with as are all his clients, they have now become great friends and we often train and compete as a team and like the odd night out when coach isn’t looking. Chris is always available for support and is always at the forefront of new methods and technologies. The toughest run I ever did was with Chris when we run 28 miles a day for three days running the entire Pembrokeshire Coastal Path!!! I got free advice the whole way round 🙂
I don’t give recommendations lightly but I would recommend Chris every day of the week.
Simon Tippett – South Wales, UK