I might regret doing this…but I’ve learned a ton from others on this board over the last year. So…
I’m a huge fan of Steve’s methods. In fact, towards the end of the podcast he mentions an athlete who had done an event a number of times and was ultimately targeting a top 10 finish in that event one day…and after working with Steve for 2 1/2 months he finished 4th.
That athlete is me.
The highest I’d ever finished in that event was ~50th overall / ~20th in my age group. As an aside…I also did my first ever MTB race as a practice, or “C” race a couple of weeks ago and finished 3rd in my age group. This was after achieving a 300+ FTP last spring and doing 2 different Cat5 crits where I finished between 10th and 15th.
I reached out to Steve after hearing him on the first Flo podcast, and ended up hiring him (after he agreed to let me hire him…) because I knew I needed to do something different, as my “fitness” wasn’t translating to race performance. And what he said in that first podcast spoke exactly to the issues I felt I was having.
I’d be happy to answer any questions for the forum about my observations in working with him - with the caveat that I definitely won’t be able to speak to why he prescribes what he prescribes - I’m not a coach, physiologist or any sort of an expert in this stuff. I am, however, an athlete trying to balance family/work/fitness and maximize my race performances within that construct. Which makes me identical to a lot of you all, I imagine.
A couple other things…I’m in no way authorized to speak on Steve’s behalf, and I remain a huge fan of TrainerRoad and am still a paying subscriber.
Also, I’m a masters athlete at 45 years old.