Frequently asked questions
Why do I need a Coach?
A cycling coach (or triathlon coach) will set a training plan that will enable a rider to meet the specific demands of their chosen event and help them to achieve that goal. But our coaching goes much further than that. Our coaches will work to identify strengths and weaknesses of an individual rider and will help the rider to make the most of their strengths and improve their weaknesses. We develop unique relationships with our riders in order to understand what drives them, to keep them motivated. By developing this relationship a coach will not want to let down their riders down and in return, the riders will not want to let their coach down; this drives both to succeed. Coaches at Matt Bottrill Performance Coaching not only have the experience and expertise to understand the specific training a rider needs to achieve their goals but we also understand the importance of the rider/coach relationship. Training plans are written specifically for each individual and are highly flexible. Our coaches understand the various challenges that life throws at everyone and we help riders to make the best use of their time, no matter what the circumstances. You don't need endless training hours to be a good rider; you need a good coach who helps you to train smart in the time you have available.
I have contacted you about coaching - what happens next?
Once you have made the initial contact through the website, we will send you a detailed questionnaire that you need to complete and return to us for our head coach, Matt Bottrill, to review. Once this has been returned to us, we will contact to let you know the options we can offer and which coach would be best suited to your needs.
I am a triathlete - can you help me?
Yes! At Matt Bottrill Performance Coaching we see the bike split of a triathlon as pretty much the same as a time trial. Our coaches are all experienced time triallists and some have the added advantage of being triathletes. This means they fully understand the demands of the event and can train triathletes to ride the bike split in the same way as a time trial, producing much improved times and better overall results. Matt has coached Timo Bracht and several other triathletes are also signed up. In 2016 Matt Bottrill Performance Coaching hopes to offer an Iron Man qualified coach who will be able to write training plans for all three disciplines of middle and long distance triathlons.
Who will I be coached by?
We have six coaches in our company including Matt. You can see our coaches’ full details on the website. All coaches’ are fully compliant with our training techniques and have a unique insight into Matt’s individual training systems and methods. All coaches are exceptionally dedicated to the sport and will share their training experiences with coached riders to help them reach that next level. Once we have received your questionnaire and Matt has reviewed it, you will then be contacted with options that are available to you. If there is a specific coach that you would like to work with, please state this and we will let you know if there is a waiting list for that particular coach. We do limit our spaces for each coach as we pride ourselves on giving our riders the best possible support out there.
What is included in my package?
Each coaching package is bespoke to work around the individual’s needs, work and family commitments and training time available per week. There is no limit on contact with your coach via email or telephone. We give feedback on your daily training when needed and are 100% committed to do everything we can to support you and help you reach your goals. More details can be found under the coaching tab on the website.
If I decide to go ahead with the coaching what happens next?
Once you are happy to go ahead with the option that has been offered to you, we set up an initial consultation where you come and meet Matt. If you have decided to go with one of our other coaches they will be at the consultation too. This is a great starting point; to meet in person, go over everything, plan goals and look at the set-up on your bike. This can be done by Skype if you are unable to visit us in person.
Where does the consultation take place and how long does it usually last for?
This takes place at our Office in Coalville (Unit 2, Enterprise House, LE67 3LA). Full details will be supplied once consultation is confirmed. We are flexible about when they can take place - daytimes, evenings and some weekends - as we appreciate life is not always 9-5. The consultation usually lasts about 2 hours.
Do I need to bring anything to the consultation?
Yes - we ask you to bring your bike, helmet, skinsuit and cycling shoes.
How do you track my training progress and give me feedback?
We use Training Peaks to set your training, track and monitor your progress. As part of your package your training peaks account is upgraded free of charge to allow us to do this. You will receive your plans on training peaks, but if something crops up and you cannot complete your training just contact your coach. They will rearrange your plan so you will not miss any sessions.
How do I pay for my coaching?
You will be sent an invoice for your initial consultation which also includes coaching until the end of the month you signed up in. This can be paid by bank transfer or cash. We do not accept cheques. This must be paid for before the consultation takes place. You will then be invoiced monthly in advance of your coaching. We ask that you set up a standing order to be paid to us by the 14th of each month.
What happens if I want to cancel my coaching?
Contact your coach to let them know and they will notify our accounts. The minimum contract term is 4 months which includes 3 months coaching and 1 month notice of cancellation.
Who do I contact if I have any concerns about my coaching?
Matt Bottrill is the director and head coach of the company. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact him directly at email@example.com He will respond to you personally to resolve any concerns you have.
Who do I contact if I need to rearrange my consultation or any Team Bottrill queries?
Please contact Kate Bottrill, who deals with all the administration for the company and Team Bottrill enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
What do I do if I have an account query?
Please contact Donna Mitchell who deals with all invoicing and accounts queries: email@example.com