A LITTLE ABOUT SAM AND GEMMA
We are Podium Addicts
I've been coaching people informally for a number of years. When Gemma and I got chatting it was the obvious move to make it official, we've both got buckets of experience and been on the receiving end of great, good and very bad coaching.
We share the same passion for triathlon but it goes way beyond that, its the passion to help others get better and achieve their potential. It seems daft but the hardest part for us was coming up with a name!
I'm still pushing my own limits in order to find ways to develop our athletes, I am a firm believer of not asking someone to do a session I wouldn't or couldn't do myself!
I realise that not everyone can dedicate their life to training and my coaching philosophy reflects that, there is after all, more to life than training and triathlon.
I've ticked a lot of boxes along the way to here. I've qualified and raced at KONA! Represented GB at World and European level, raced over 10 Ironmans (including a sub 10hr and the biggest long course race on the planet), countless 70.3's, joined the Brotherhood of Ventoux, cycled non-stop from Glasgow to Land's End and raced 24hr enduro mountain bike events.
I do the odd bit of sailing where my swim training occasionally comes in useful and used to help run a charity for Injured Servicemen, some of whom have gone onto complete an Ironman.
I love coaching, every athlete is unique, they encounter new challenges and react to training differently. This is what makes my job so enjoyable. I had a baby in November 2018 and trained my way back to Ironman fitness, completing an Ironman in 11:00:57 just 11 months after giving birth! I appreciate the struggles of feeling unfit, juggling life and family with a training schedule, so you can expect a sympathetic ear - but don't expect to skive!!
Coaching isn't a one-size-fits-all umbrella. I've been under that umbrella myself and found it frustrating that my training plan wasn't really designed for me. This inspired me to take my coaching qualifications and learn how to do it properly; how to understand athletes needs and how to create a training plan that meets the athletes short, medium and long term goals. I'm a qualified coach, personal trainer and pre- and post-natal exercise instructor.
It's also really important to have fun and be in a community, triathlon can be a lonely sport which is why it's important to us to have our Podium Addict Race Team!
My first year of triathlon saw me compete at the GBR (AG) Worlds and Europeans in Aquathlon and Sprint then later the Standard distance. I went on to race in several different countries and started to increase my distance. I won Silver at the Triathlon England Middle Distance Championships and Bronze at the Aquathlon Champs and have finished in the top 10 overall women at the Long Course Weekend in Wales.
I also race track and am a regular at the Velodrome.
Ironman is now my favoured discipline, I love the challenges and emotions, the mental game and most of all, the feeling that "Anything Is Possible" as soon as you cross that finish line.