"Sue is the only coach I've come across that truly listened to my goals and what I wanted to achieve with triathlon. Other coaches I approached seemed to use the same training program template and force them into group training sessions that they gave all their athletes which were not suited to the individual. With Sue's personalised training plans over the past year and endless support each week, it has transformed my success and enjoyment with the sport. I look forward to working with Sue for many years to come to achieve even more ambitious goals."
"Sue is not just a coach, she is a caring, supportive and inspiring person, if it hadn’t been for her I would have long ago thrown in the towel. No matter what ability you are, Sue will always be encouraging and supportive of what goal you are aiming for."
"This time last year if you had told me that come 1st March 2014 I will be competing in my first Ironman event I would have told you where to go!
Ironman has been on my ‘list of things to do’ but to be honest I didn’t know if I would ever do one, I didn’t think I had it in me or the time to train, however after supporting a good friend at last year’s event and then hearing she was signing up again for 2014 I thought this was as good as time as ever to bite the bullet and sign up.
The next step was checking with Sue to see if she would be my coach and lucky for me she agreed.
If anyone out there is thinking of doing an ironman but don’t think they have the time to train then sorry but that is no excuse, yes there are some early morning wake ups and some after work discipline with training, it does require some good juggling of work commitments, one thing you might have to sacrifice is some of your socialising especially in the last 3 months when the rides and runs get longer. What you need is a good coach, good programme and good training buddies who encourage you to get out and they make the training so much more fun. I had heard many people say it’s all about the journey getting to IM rather than the day, the day is just about enjoying the moment and eating heaps – now I know what they mean and even though there have been times in this journey where I wanted to pull the stop cord and get off- I wouldn’t change anything – the tears, the pain, the melt downs, the sore muscles, the lack of sleep are all part of it, just as much as the friends, support, encouragement, pat on the backs, smiles and accomplishment are.
I can’t recommend highly enough to do the Ironman training camp. For the past few years I had read about these camps and was in admiration for those who went on them, as they always looked worse than the actual IM! But a few weeks ago I headed down to Taupo to do my first and loved it, most of us were first timers but there were a couple that had done IM before so it was great to quiz them on what to expect etc. I learnt so much from Sue and Brendan and reassured myself I was on track, what you take away from these camps is priceless and they are for everyone no matter what your ability is.
My journey is almost completed, come 1st March I hope to be an ironman, a big thank you to everyone who has helped me get this far.
And for those of you who are thinking about signing up for next year- ‘Just do it’ and enjoy the journey."
"Sue has given my training purpose. She has been able to set training goals and programmes that suit the type of person I am, while taking into consideration my priorities and commitments. This approach has enabled me to get progressively better at my chosen sport. Don't expect to get an easy time, thats not what good coaches like Sue give you. But expect that she will identify your strengths and weaknesses and put together training programmes that extend you beyond your expectations.
Sue's expertise across all the disciplines (including nutrition and race day preparation) gives her all the skills you need to go from good to competitive"
Bernard Te Paa
45 - 49 AG
"I have been very lucky to have had Sue as a coach for the last few years. She helped me conquer my fear of open sea swimming and helped me post some personal best times – this included knocking 25 minutes off my Olympic distance triathlon time. What I love most about Sue is her flexible approach – she realises that often work or family situations take precedence over training and adapts a training programme accordingly. Sue is often one of the biggest supporters during an event which shows her total dedication to her athletes. I am currently working / living and training in Singapore and Sue developed a training programme for me taking into account the very hot and humid conditions experienced here and also did some research on some training tools that would assist the body with cooling – so I believe Sue goes above and beyond. I would highly recommend Sue as a Coach to anyone at whatever level they may currently be at whether it be beginner or advanced level."
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