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Ciarán Murphy

Winner at Visit Nenagh Classic - A1 Athlete

‘David Brennan brought me to a level of fitness and strength I did not know was possible, and gave me the belief that I could win’
My victory at the 2016 Visit Nenagh Classic was a result for my coach, David Brennan, as much as it was for myself. David brought me to a level of fitness and strength I did not know was possible and he gave me the belief that I could win regardless of the race.
Just a year ago I got dropped in the A3 race and I actually pulled up for a while, before finishing with a few more dropped riders just for the training. That is an example of how far I have come.
There were a lot of wet, cold and windy miles in the meantime, along with prescribed turbo intervals and gym sessions. Confidence building was also a big part of David’s approach and the combination of these were the defining factors in getting me ready for the 2016 season.
After a good winter’s training I wanted to go to Nenagh again to see how I could hold out against some of the best Junior and A3 riders over a tough, 110k course. This was to be my first big test of the year and I had both the confidence and strength to aim for a result.
With the training and confidence that David had given me, I was able to hover and hold my position around the front of the bunch while staying relaxed and calm. I was in a better position at the foot of all of the climbs and, while I wasn’t able to match some of the Juniors peddle-stroke for peddle-stroke on the ascents, I was always close enough to catch them on the descents without burning excess energy.
Being strong and calm I was able to read the race better and I didn’t waste energy fruitlessly chasing breaks. I worked in a chasing group until the race came together and, in the last 10km, I felt I could win it. I had two teammates and I asked them to string the group if they could in the last kilometre as I was going to win the gallop!
I delivered in style. Thanks David and A1 Coaching.
Ciarán Murphy – Winner at Visit Nenagh Classic

Richard Murphy

Ironman Podium - A1 Athlete

“It’s fair to say that these results have exceeded my expectations in less than two years. Thank you Alan, and A1 Coaching”
In less than two years I went from being a triathlon beginner to an Age-Group podium in an Ironman 70.3 race, and qualification for the World Championships.
Alan Ryan of A1 Coaching had a big role to play in this. He is practical, approachable, and has a great depth of knowledge and experience from which to draw.
He paid particular attention to my circumstances and helped identify the most practical and effective use of the limited time available. From this, he put together a training programme that would fit with my busy schedule of long commutes and a young family. All I needed to do was get out the door when I said I would, and do the hard work.
In the 2015 season I haven’t finished outside top-10 in any Irish Tri race and have been on the podium three times. Along the way I’ve knocked 2:20 off my 10-mile TT and 1:50 from my 10-k TT.
It’s fair to say that these results have exceeded my expectations in less than two years. Thank you Alan, and A1 Coaching.
Richard Murphy – from Beginner to Ironman Podium in Two Years

Ken Tobin

Man of the Rás - A1 Athlete

“Now I know that with high-quality, structured training as provided by A1, you can be nearly 40 and finish the Rás comfortably in 10 to 12 hour of training per week”
I decided that I wanted to ride the Rás at least once in my life when I came back to cycling in 2013 after 18 years off the bike. However, apart from the long break, my fortieth birthday was approaching fast, I was married with children, and had a job that limited my training time.
The reaction from some was as expected: “The Rás … yeah …. sure sign of a mid-life crisis … why not take up golf and take things easy”.
A1 Coaching saw it differently, and especially my coach, Aaron Buggle. He kept me deeply focused since September 2014 and kept encouraging me. He helped me to improve to my abilities but never pushed me to train too hard. The training wasn’t just about the physical side but also the mental side of training – how to deal with the peaks and troughs of a hard four-week block of training and explaining how my body would react, and my mind too.
Aaron is 15 or 16 years my junior yet, in years of knowledge he is literally aeons ahead of himself. I’m glad I met him: it was a pleasure to know him as he’s a true gent in every respect …and still a beast on his bike without even trying.
Now I know that with high-quality, structured training as provided by A1, you can be nearly 40 and finish the Rás comfortably in 10 to 12 hour of training per week, even with a bad crash or two thrown in!
My dream is realised now and I have those precious Rás memories – epic stages in the West of Ireland; huge line-outs; three laps of Skerries; and my kids being there to see me collect that coveted FINISHERS medal – something deeply and forever engraved in my memory.
Thank you Aaron and A1 Coaching. Now, here’s to starting training again in September…albeit not as intense as last year.
And the Mondello gallops… Yes please!
Ken Tobin – Club and Rás Rider

Sean Mckenna

An Post/Chain Reaction Rider - A1 Athlete

With the help of A1 coaching I’ve achieved results this year that I couldn’t have dreamed of achieving, such as getting selected for a national team and wearing the yellow jersey in one of the country’s biggest stage races. Having a coach that has competed at such a high level there isn’t anything you haven’t experienced yourself, you know what it takes so it has just been a matter of simply doing what you say and the results followed. Thanks for making it that bit easier!

Joesph Brehony

UCD Club Rider

“A1 are willing to put in the time to get to know their athletes and to develop specific training plans suited entirely to their needs”
I had managed to make it to A2 level without a coach but felt I needed that extra bit of guidance and expertise to push all the way to A1.
I got in touch with A1 Coaching who put me under the care of Aaron Buggle and I immediately started to see results. I was coming into races fresher, stronger and more focused. Within one month I had gotten the points I needed for the upgrade.
That didn’t mean the coaching stopped there. Aaron continued to prepare me through the next winter and following racing season, and delivered me to my target races in the best possible fitness and form.
I have complete faith that the training plans prescribed for me by Aaron are what I need to progress as a competitive cyclist. Aaron is almost always available to answer any questions and queries about coaching and training, and he also makes himself available to meet up in person on a regular basis to discuss how things are going. So far this year I have gotten some notable results and also put in performances that I would not have been able to do on my own.
Having a coach takes all of the guesswork out of training and joining up with A1 Coaching has been one of the best cycling-related decisions that I made in the last year.
I can definitely recommend Aaron Buggle and A1 Coaching to anyone looking for a coach. They are willing to put in the time to get to know their athletes and to develop specific training plans suited entirely to their needs.
Joseph Breheny – UCD Club Rider

Brian Nevin

Shannonside Cycling Club

‘A1 Coaching had a significant impact on my cycling – I got so much more out of myself due to their help. I cannot recommend them highly enough’
Cyclocross had piqued my interest and I came into the 2013 season late, got a few a small races done and then raced the Nationals. My goals for my second season in 2014 were to race and train properly, increase power, mix it up racing-wise by including time-trials and cyclocross, to race well in our club road league, and to lose weight enjoy my cycling generally. I had also bought a power metre so I needed help with that. I felt if all these details were addressed, then the results would take care of themselves.
I came across A1 Coaching on-line and one of the things that enthused me most was Anthony Walsh’s blog on winter training. This gave me a great insight into how best to train during the winter and what to look out for: e.g don’t be afraid of intervals during the winter, the importance of rest and nutrition, making the most of cross-training, and being aware of ‘the winter champions’!
So I got in touch with A1 for advise how to meet my goals and the information I got was top drawer – very clear and precise. Contact never seemed to be an issue, even when Anthony was on the road training himself. His advise was always practical, realistic and accurate, especially around the structured sessions and recovery. As my fitness developed I felt more confident in races and my positioning improved dramatically. I simply never felt more assured in races scenarios.
As my season drew to a close I compared my goals to what I had written down before the season. A top-12 placing out of 50 riders in the club league, second overall in the Midland series TT league, two top-10 placing in cross races, two top-15 placings in open races, plus actually enjoying the Mondello racing (as opposed to cardiac arrest territory the year before!). Most of all, I had a measurable 20% increase in my FTP/power-output. I can safely say I was very happy with the 2014 season.
A1 Coaching had a significant impact on my cycling – I got so much more out of myself due to their help. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Brain Nevin - Shannonside Cycling Club

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