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||THERESE PHILLIPS - Staying
injury free and having fun!
"At age 52 and recovering from meniscus repair surgery six months prior, I had the luck of winning the lottery to run the New York City marathon. While I swore I would never run another marathon I could not pass up the opportunity to run New York. Between the knee surgery and a new job with 10-hour days I knew I needed help. Coach Steve agreed to become my coach even though I was just doing one sport not three. The change to heart rate and time vs. pace and distance has been a game changer for me. He was very patient as I questioned this new training. One feature of his training style is receiving the training plan in small doses. When you undertake a marathon it can be overwhelming to see the entire plan at once. This also allows responses for times when I'm not feeling well or my schedule changes. I have been able to use his run/ride method to an unprecedented amount of days training. Not only that but the races I have done on the way to the marathon have resulted in personal records. Running is no longer a painful chore. I feel strong with every run and every ride. I am no elite athlete by any means, but the guidance from Coach Steve makes me feel that I am not nearing the end of my running days but have many more races ahead of me."
||STEVEN TYSON - Staying
injury free and winning at all distances!
"I'd been competing in triathlon for a long time and was self-coached,
then decided to race my local IronMan in Coeur d' Alene. After a few
injuries my tendency to overdo it became appearent, so I decided to
hire a coach. Coach Steve doesn't always tell me what I want to hear,
but he has helped me focus the energy in productive ways and make
the most of my limited training time. Sometimes less is more; my head
may be ready to go out and hammer a hilly long run, my body not so
much. Steve gives me a realistic plan and I stick to it so I'm less
impulsive with my workouts. This season we've planned to hit some
key early season buildup events and set a PR at IM CdA in August!"
||DOUG LEIB - Made
a comback after injury and now back to winning!
"Following a running injury 4 years ago that ended with surgery,
a long time off, and other life complications, I’d almost given
up any hope of returning to competition. I decided to attempt a return
to triathlon/duathlon last year. Initially I tried coaching myself
but my progress was limited. I missed the structure, support and accountability
that only the right coach can offer. After a lot of research I selected
Coach Steve for his experience and accessibility. I needed a coach
that understood the challenges facing a masters athlete that had to
overcome injury, loss of fitness, and was carrying too much weight.
Coach Steve was up to the task. Early in the process hardly a week
passed that I wasn’t working through the issues, aches and pains
associated with making my way back to the podium. His wisdom and encouragement
was key to navigating this period successfully. I had a long way to
go and didn’t know if I’d ever get back to my former level
of performance. It was both a physical and mental challenge. Early
this season my races showed that I was a work in progress… but
gaining fitness and shedding extra pounds. Through the summer Coach
Steve’s leadership provided the right preparation so that when
Duathlon Nationals rolled around I was able to qualify for next years
Team USA. I wasn’t back to my full potential but I was able
to make the team again. Since then I’ve managed to win my AG
in a recent triathlon. Most significant is that I think my fitness
is now at or above its former level. All of this in less than a year
working with Coach Steve, and I’m still seeing improvement in
all areas of the sport. I’m looking forward to a productive
off-season, once I’ve finished this season with a couple of
late races. My past off-seasons have never been very constructive.
With Coach Steve’s help I know I’ll be ready to achieve
great things in next season. Simply said, I couldn’t have done
this without him!"
||MONICA MCDONNELL - From
also ran to podium finish!
“I have worked with Coach Steve twice, a few years apart, and both
times with success. After having my first child and returning to full
time work, I knew that I had to make every minute available for training
count. Coach Steve was immediately up to the task, providing guidance
over the phone and emails, and setting and adjusting training sessions
to accommodate my schedule. I returned to racing with a PB in both
the swim and the bike legs, to finish a respectable 5th in my age
group in London. A few years later, I felt I had lost my way again.
My results were disappointing and I was essentially an also-ran in
small but competitive fields. Coach Steve once again has proved the
difference. With flexible training plans he built up my fitness, and
was very responsive to any questions I had. In my main race of the
season I managed to grab a podium place for the second time in my
life. Most importantly I took a whopping 17-minutes off last year’s
race time! I think that says it all."
||BOB FIORE - Getting
fitter and faster on the bike!
my late-50s. I'm in decent shape, but don't identify myself as an
athlete. In early retirement, I decided to set a cycling goal for
2015 that I knew would be a stretch for me. I know a little bit about
training and, in the past, I've been successful working with self-developed
training programs. But this goal seemed more challenging and I thought
I'd benefit from professional assistance. A friend recommended Coach
Steve. I'm very happy with my decision to work with him. His workouts
are clear and appropriate, and his e-mail responses to my questions
were prompt and insightful. Coach Steve took me from a modest training
base and progressed me gradually, but inexorably, towards longer rides
and higher intensity. A few weeks before my event, I was quite strong
and completing training rides that were likely more difficult than
the event itself - a real confidence-booster! While my workouts were
challenging, they were never too difficult; I never got sick or injured,
nor did I ever feel burned out. On my actual target ride, the weather
was much warmer than expected, and many riders suffered. The fitness
base I achieved through Coach Steve's training allowed me to sail
through the course confidently and successfully. But it really wasn't
just the fitness. Coach Steve also nurtured the discipline, mental-toughness,
and confidence I would need to prepare for and achieve my goal. There
is much wisdom underlying his methods. Thanks, Coach Steve."
||WILL MUDD - Taking
his training and racing up a notch!
5 years training for and racing triathlons I found myself looking
for a new coach. My previous coach, who was a friend of a friend,
was very knowable and taught me a lot. He guided me through 3 full
distance Ironman event as well as many 70.3 and shorter races. Unfortunately
he was better with numbers than he was with people. I thoroughly enjoy
the triathlon lifestyle and was initially surprised that it taught
me many bigger picture lessons like: more is not always better and
consistency trumps a flurry of energy. I wanted a coach who understood
these things as well as the raw physiology and mechanics of the sport.
Coach Steve is able to provide this balance. From our first communication
to our most recent he has always been responsive to my emails and
given thoughtful answers. He is realistic and skilled at preparing
daily workouts, keeping my specific needs and wants in mind. He, very
generously, worked with me on bike fit and swim form as part of his
regular coaching duties. I never feel pressured to spend money on
testing or equipment and I never feel miss guided. With Coach Steve
I have the reassurance of a knowledgeable coach who is willing to
work with me to help me enjoy my experience and prepare well for my
||LOUKIA LOUKOPOULOS - From
"can't swim" to 3rd at Euro OD Tri Championship!
"I was very skeptical about an 'ecoach' on the other side of the globe,
yet I was in dire need for a fresh approach having tried a number
of coaching options both here in Greece and in the US. Motivation
has never been a problem, but moderate success in recent races left
me with the feeling that I needed to shift gears and take my training
a notch higher. One telephone call was all it took. Coach Steve endured
a flood of questions without flinching—and to my surprise—answered
them all with patience and a sense of humor. Now I'm on the podium
at my target races and not burnt out. Coach Steve’s approach
is simple—a balanced and challenging schedule structured around
quality and variety rather than volume. But even better, the entire
schedule is flexible and adaptable to changing abilities and needs.
Coach Steve actually listens! I've tortured him with daily emails;
changes to my work and travel schedule; complaints about the challenges
of riding my bike in Athens, even the occasional injury. In response
he suggested alternatives and offered advice about technical, medical,
and psychological issues in a helpful yet not artificially supportive
manner. He even fit me to my bike based on photos. Coach Steve is
an unending resource of information and has an awesome ability to
transmit it. The rest is...well, all up to you!"
||LEW BERMAN - Improved
his century pace to 20mph!
"In the early
2000's I stopped running after a series of back injuries. A few years
later, I started coaching my daughter's running team. I didn't want
to go back to serious marathon running, so I started biking with a
group of friends. I was improving and getting a bit better but once
again the injuries (hips and shoulder) started to pile up. After lots
of physical therapy, meds, and backing-off on the bike riding I decided
there must be another way. So, I searched the Internet for a coach,
something I never thought necessary. I found your website, researched
your career, and decided to give it a shot. Frankly it was a bit intimidating
- you were an Olympian and the athletes mentioned on your website
were competing at levels I never would. Nonetheless, on our first
conversation we spoke at length for an hour. You explained the process,
what I should expect, and the fact that you would enjoy working with
someone whose goals are more modest. In the year that we have worked
together, it has been a great experience. Through email, video, and
an occassional phone call, my endurance, strength, speed, power, and
fun have gone up dramatically. I am having a blast on the bike, doing
centuries and other events and taking running (shorter distances!)
up again. All without pain! You have been encouraging and incredibly
supportive. From a weekend warrior - thanks for all your help! On
||KEN INADOMI - Finds
time for training along with all his other responsibilities!
"I live in New York and carry a typically heavy load which includes
heading up a housing nonprofit, volunteer boards, family commitments,
a demanding dog, travel, etc., but as they say "something was
missing." I wanted to turn back the clock to recapture that great
feeling of being in fabulous shape; I had last competed in a triathlon
before I got married -- way back in '87. Searching for an endurance
coach I discovered Steve Pyle's website just 3 months prior to the
start of the New York City Triathlon and called him up: "I've
committed to this race -- I need you to get me in top shape with no
injury and no burnout." He said, "Okay, but we don't have
a lot of time, let's get to work!" Well, Steve delivered big-time,
coaching me to a strong finish including a top10 age-group placement
in the swim. He also trained me perfectly for the Empire State Building
Run-Up and the Alcatraz open water swim. With his encyclopedic knowledge
of virtually every phase of endurance training and nutrition, Steve
has a lot of wisdom to offer which he shares in a timely, succinct
way. In particular he taught me to stay relaxed, anticipate adversity,
and avoid panic during competition. The right coach can take you to
a performance zone you never thought possible and, if you are willing
to do the work, Steve will elevate your fitness and self-concept to
the highest level."
||CHRISTEEN HODGE - Took
8th in AG at OD World Championship and won Sprint Nationals!
"After completing the first triathlon of the season in April I wanted
to see how good I could be. I have a swimming background so that part
was easy, but I knew nothing about biking. I decided to hire a coach
to help me improve my training. After doing lots of research of coaches
online, I decided to contact Coach Steve not only because of his experience
with biking and triathlons, but also because he was affordable and
his schedules were personalized. This season he has helped me buy
a new tri bike and fit me to it through pictures online. He helped
me with race day nutrition, cycling and run technique, and quicker
transitions. The workouts were planned around my crazy work schedule.
He taught me to become more consistent with my training. As the season
progressed so did the intensity to help me prepare for Nationals—including
time trials on the bike which was new to me. He answered all my emails
with questions about training and racing quickly, and always returned
by phone calls within 24 hours. My goal for the season was to make
Team USA for OD Worlds and Age Group Nationals was only my second
OD event, but I felt prepared. I made the pass down list and was offered
a spot on Team USA. I’m very excited to go to Budapest, Hungary!
It’s only been 3 months since I started working with Coach Steve,
I’ve improved a lot, and since this is only my second season
I know I can go faster. I’m excited to work with Coach Steve
through the off-season to improve my cycling and running, and into
next season. I still have lots to learn and I’m looking forward
to learning from Coach Steve."
||VLADIMIR KOUZNETSOV - From
newbie to age group podium in one season!
"I am [was] a triathlon newbie living most of the year in Moscow.
I began working with Steve in December 2010 when I started training
for triathlon. By late March 2011, I won my age group in a local NYC
duathlon and by late May I would have taken 4th place overall at a
TriStar event in Germany if I didn't ride an extra 10K! Steve then
encouraged me to participate in the US AG nationals, for which I qualified
at my first Olympic distance race. Steve has given me a plan to train
based on my strengths and weaknesses (including a crazy work schedule
and bad climate); no-nonsense wisdom on everything from training to
goal setting to equipment to nutrition; and grown-up encouragement,
which I know I can trust, to reach for my potential. Every piece of
advice I have gotten from Steve has been spot on. Because of his unassuming,
no-nonsense manner and dry humor, Steve's guidance has helped me become
and stay motivated. He has provided accountability which is important
both on those days when you don't feel like doing the work and when
you have over-exuberant desire to do too much. I am looking forward
to moving up results pages in 2012, because I know the guidance is
there to achieve it, all I have to do is do the work and then show
up to race."
||ANGEL MACHADO - Set
a new Olympic distance PR in the heat!
"After moving overseas to Malaysia, I was really struggling when racing
on the heat/humidity of the South Asia region. My first Olympic race
in Asia in 2009 took me almost 20 more minutes than my best time for
the distance back in Dallas in 2007. I started working with Coach
Steve and he pointed me in the right direction after working with
me for a couple of months. He was always confident on his plans and
directions, so he didn't make me work harder nor longer. He identified
that my biggest problem when facing the heat/humidity was my weight/body
composition. So, even though I had already lost 33 pounds since I
started doing tri's, I was still far from being LEAN. Steve highlighted
the fact that there was no training volume/intensity that could substitute
for just getting LEAN by learning how to eat. I followed his advice
and kept working towards getting leaner and eating for performance.
In July 2010 I had lost 37 more pounds and noticed how my running
times where coming way down without any other effort but the normal
training plans. Steve knew when to start pushing for increasing speed
and maintaining high intensity efforts on races. Finally in July 2010,
I raced the PORT DICKSON INT Tri in Malaysia on a hot, humid, morning.
My legs were good as soon as I started the run. I was able to keep
pushing in the run and maintain a true racing effort until I crossed
the finish line with a great 27-minute PR! I still have lots to improve
and still way to go to get leaner. I know Steve will guide me through
and set me up for better things and achievements for the years to
||DAVID SIMS - Just
got back from Kona with a PR!
working with Coach Steve for 18 months now and the results have been
fantastic. I'm an Aussie living in Tokyo so almost all of our communication
has been via email, yet no worries at all. I've been racing at various
distances from Olympic to IronMan and I've managed to stay equally
competitive at all with Steve's tuning of the schedule. Working with
Steve has allowed me to fit in a solid, efficient, tailored training
program into a long work week and to shave 40-minutes off my Ironman
time in between Ironman Japan in July 2007 and Kona in Oct 2008 on
a significantly tougher course. All questions I've had have been answered
quickly and his tips on nutrition in particular have been invaluable
for my ironman training and race days."
David's race at Kona raised $3000 for 20-year old Nina Deane who suddenly
contracted HLH [hemophagocytic lympohistiocytosis] while training
for a career as a nurse at Narita Japan. Well done David — racing
for a cause!
||KATHY SALVADORE - Moving
up the results page at all distances!
I reflect back on my race season, I look at what helped me succeed,
stay motivated, as well as my weaknesses. Coach Steve was there to
motivate me, keep me focused, and give me the feeling that someone
was there to push me forward. I also became aware of my weaknesses
which I plan to conquer next season! I decided to try Steve’s
coaching regime after an early season swim session where his pointers
resulted in a significant drop in my swim times. Swim tips, goals
for bike mileage, and speed workouts on the track kept me focused
and motivated throughout the season. I feel working with Coach Steve
this season helped me in many areas of my triathlon competitions.
I followed his concise, direct, and 'to the point' workouts. They
were easy to adhere to, and I enjoyed having a set plan each day with
a workout that was geared specifically for me. I also enjoyed Steve’s
'no fluff' approach and prompt responses. I trusted his expertise
and knowledge in part due to his years of race experience. If you're
looking for a coach who gives you high goals to strive for and leaves
the cheerleading for high school football games, Steve is the coach
||ERIC DYNER - Upgrading
his bike technology and fit!
"I was about
to upgrade my aluminum Cervelo road bike to a carbon fiber (size 58)
when a friend of mine made a sheepish comment saying that he thought
that the existing frame was too small for me. After doing a lot of
research on the net and reviewing my print-outs from bikefit.com (for
a TT set-up), I concluded that I was more lost than when I started.
I needed someone who could provide me with simple advice – what
size and what is the optimal set-up (for both Tri and Road bike).
I hired Steve to guide me through these questions. By sending him
many pictures and asking/responding to many questions I felt very
comfortable when I placed an order for a 61cm Cervelo R3 (ie. no doubts
that the 58cm was too small!). However, what I most liked about working
with Steve was two areas:
I recommend working with Steve and looking forward to continuing to
work with him."
- He explained to me “the why." Several experts
that I have worked with dislike having to explain their logic.
With Steve, he explained to me all the factors of the equation
which made me much more comfortable with the decision. Furthermore,
by explaining the why, I currently feel at ease to set-up my new
bike and fine-tune my tri bike without much trepidation. Stay
tuned – I owe Steve some pictures of my new set-ups!
- He was very open to providing advice on topics far
away from bike fitting – including oval vs round chain rings,
crank arm length, set-up for indoor swimming, etc, etc. In fact,
I even offered to pay extra for his advice and he kindly refused!