First time venturing in to having a coach and structured training, but I am pretty sure it won't be the last after this experience!
Firstly, just great dealing one-on-one, hand having someone understand what I want to get out of it, the time I can allocate to training, and being able to weave a working plan around my goals and time constraints.
Secondly the structure itself which has seen me make big gains in my climbing which was my desired outcome from this. Having never delved in to structured session, this was a big change for me. Usually I would just ride based on time, distance, and elevation, increasing each to push myself. In retrospect that was neither time or effort efficient, as the plan and sessions that you put together for me allowed me to get maximum value out of a short amount of time, often arriving home within an hour absolutely shot! The build of intensity and accountability for following the plan also built as much mental strength as it did physical, willing myself to keep going in intervals right to the buzzer, as much as my legs, lungs, and the devil on my shoulder were urging me to just stop!!
At the end of the day I suppose it is results that matter, and after the program I managed to send a new PR on a test-piece of a climb that I have done more reps on that I can count, beating my previous best by a considerable margin, which I was both surprised and delighted with in equal measure!
The bike has become a real form of therapy for me, both physically and mentally, and the growth I have seen through this process has been amazing in both elements. Anthony has also created a great sense of community around his coaching business too, with meetups and social spins (pre-Covid), as well as a general well-being program. This holistic approach is something that I have very much bought in to, and it is something that I have had a keen interest and knowledge about beforehand, but his implementation makes it sustainable and implementable.
Anthony is seriously personable, and makes the whole process enjoyable and engaging, and I highly recommend both the A1 team, its ethos, and their coaching approach. I'll be back!!