How long have you been involved in triathlon?
I got my first road bike in 2012 to use for commuting when I was living in Geneva and quickly got the cycling bug. I entered my first triathlon in 2013 however a broken arm meant that I missed this opportunity so had to wait until the following year to compete in my first race.
Why did you decide to get a coach?
I started triathlon for a challenge and to try something new but after my first season I knew I wanted to take it more seriously. Initially following books and online articles I was able to take over 30 minutes off my first race time. I decided to get a coach to make sure I was making the most of my training, to remove guess work from my training and hopefully take my performances to the next level.
How did you come to hear about Peak XV Tri Coaching?
Through personal recommendation from King Kog Cycles
How has being coached changed the way you approach your training?
Focusing on quality not quantity and getting a lot more out of each session.
What were your goals for 2016?
I wanted to improve on my personal best in all areas, particularity swimming. Qualify for European or World age group competitions in 2017.
How did has the coaching you received help you achieve your goals?
Allowed me to focus on training and identify my weaknesses. Being told when to ease off training to taper for a race and how long to recover for has helped me perform on race day.
How would you describe the coaching that you have received since joining Peak XV?
From the first time I contacted Garrie he has made him self extremely approachable and always happy to help, quickly responding to any questions I have about training. The weekly schedules are varied and at times tough pushing me harder than if I had planned the sessions.
What were your goals for 2017?
I currently haven’t set any specific goals for 2017, however, I aim to continue to improve in all areas and see how much more time I can take off my personal best.
Despite not setting himself specific goals for the 2017 season Matt has actually qualified to represent British Triathlon age group team at the ETO world championships in 2018. He achieved this by finishing 3rd at the Southport sprint qualifying event.