Connie Tram – beginner to 70.3, and now planning ironman!
With the aim of completing a Half Ironman (or two!) this year I knew I needed a coach who could take my training to a higher level. Kat did exactly that as she provided me with not only a wealth of knowledge but also guidance and motivation to do just that. Kat helped me reach a level of fitness I never knew I had as her plans were always personalised and specific to my needs. And with every set she gave it was reassuring to know that she has tested it on herself. And as Kat is a really accomplished and inspirational AG triathlete and swimmer (as shown by her personal achievements) you can be confident knowing that her sets are extremely good for you (albeit sometimes very painful)!! With that said, Kat frequently monitored my stats and was always encouraging me to feedback how I was feeling so that every subsequent training session I would be able to do it to the best of my ability; there were no junk miles as every session had a purpose. But most importantly, Kat got me to the start line of my races injury free.
Kat is incredibly supportive. Whenever I had doubts, fears or concerns, I could always turn to Kat for advice and support. She was always on hand to listen and help me in whatever way she could (even when I was out doing a long ride at 5 in the morning… on a Sunday… so sorry Kat!!). You can text, call or email her and she will be there to help. Kat doesn’t limit contact time, which is so important because sometimes life gets in the way and you just need your coach to be there to listen and be flexible with your plan.
Kat has helped me find confidence in not only myself but my ability as an amateur triathlete. She’s helped me achieve so much yet continues to encourage me to dream big and to push my limits. This year, my plan is to complete a full Ironman. It is a terrifying thing just thinking about such a big feat. But with Kat’s guidance, encouragement and her continued support, I am confident that anything is possible.
Andy Pointon – beginner to 70.3, swim coaching
After running the London Marathon I decided the next challenge was a half ironman. My running a cycling were good but I could barely do 10 strokes front crawl. A friend of a friend recommended Kat as she had helped her with the same challenge.
Kat has made swimming one of my favourite disciplines. I learned quickly and this gave me huge confidence going into the triathlon season and my training for my ultimate goal. The sessions with Kat are always challenging but varied. Initially I really struggled with breathing, however after 3 or 4 sessions I was feeling much more confident. She takes me through every drill, step by step and explains what I need to do to adopt the things I have learnt into my stroke. The way Kat coaches means I have progressed at a very quick pace and am now focused on speed and fine tuning technique way in advance of where I thought I would be with my training.
My training has been bespoke towards triathlon swimming technique. Kat has tailored the sessions to me personally which has accelerated my improvement. She listens to what I find difficult and helps me find ways to conquer them. I find the drills help me feel how the stroke should be during the swim.
Interval training programmes that Kat gives me between technique sessions have hugely improved my fitness. This has helped with hold my technique on long swims. As part of my training, Kat will send me a weekly training program which is invaluable to me as I just don’t have time to do the research into what training I should be doing. This also gives me confidence that the training is right and every session is benefitting me and improving my fitness and technique. If I have any questions about my training or needs Kat’s advice between sessions she always responds quickly when I email her.
Training in the winter months always comes with the extra motivational challenges, however Kat designs programs that work around the weather and seasonal distractions! She understands that sometimes life gets in the way of training and I have found it is important to mix training with everyday life!
Everyone has different motivational targets and aims, therefore the way adapts her training sessions and programs means she can be flexible but still get the best of you. Therefore, I would recommend her to anyone. Whether it be learning to swim or training towards a challenge (both in my case).