Coaching

I’ve been an endurance athlete for more than 20 years. I started my long journey as an athlete when I got into running cross-country and track in high-school. I never showed any particular promise early on, but loved the experience and growth I experienced as an athlete. I fell in love with learning about the human body, the brain, and how they work together to contribute to our experience as athletes and as humans.

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From my very modest beginnings as runner who cross-trained on the bike, I grew into an athlete that has finished 5th at US Pro TT, 14th at the Amgen Tour of California, won many Pro/1/2 races, had dozens of podium appearances, holds multiple course records, and has been fortunate enough to avoid any major overuse injuries. [Crashing and the resulting injuries can sometimes be unavoidable at high level racing.] Now, I commit most of my focus and energy into helping other athletes learn and develop. I love being able to contribute my knowledge and experience to my athletes to the benefit of their physical development, their mental skill in training and racing, and their health and well being.

I offer guidance in training planning, workouts, nutrition, hydration, sleep, mental practices, and mindfulness practices to help give people some insights and perspective that can help them perform better as athletes and experience life better as humans.

I am grateful that I have been able to develope into a world class athlete myself, but even more than that, I am grateful and proud to work with athletes across all ranges of performance and all kinds of goals.

I’ve coached:

  • the U23 National Mountain Bike Champion
  • dozens of race category upgrades
  • dozens of podium appearances and race wins
  • >10% power increases across all energy systems
  • massive PRs in time trials and endurance events
  • the small El Cerrito High School NICA team to a League Championship and 2nd at States in two consecutive years
  • people in their 50s and 60s to fitness as good or better than what they experienced 20+ years earlier in life

I continue to be impressed with my athletes and find joy and excitement in knowing that they are growing as athletes and having a good experience, getting more out of it in part because of my contribution.

Training with Nate

Coaching is an ongoing series of interactions. Usually my relationship with athletes starts as a conversation in person or over email. [You can reach me at nate@englishendurance.com.] As we get started, my interest is to better understand your athletic background, strengths and weaknesses, and personal characteristics. All of this will inform how we choose to construct your particular training program. I want to understand your history, your goals, and your constraints to come up with the best approach that we can. We want your training program to be effective, efficient, but also fun and highly replicable, so that you can stick to a program you enjoy and see the best results we can. Depending on the situation, athletes are often surprised by what they can accomplish with consistent, smart, and sometimes challenging effort applied over time.

As we get your training going, we’ll continue on a conversation that ranges as needed from the specifics of individual rides, to making day to day adjustments as things come up, to pacing and nutrition strategies for endurance events, or tactics for a goal race. It’s good to keep the conversation going so that we both understand how things are going and what we can do to best proceed. Sometimes people get sick, or have to travel for work, and sometimes they’re feeling awesome, their progress is quicker than expected, and in either case, we can look at adjusting things as needed to try to keep designing the best program we can. Every athlete is different, and even the same athlete is different over time, so our training will always follow the same general principles, but the application of those principles can vary widely depending on where you’re at and where you’re trying to go.

Consulting

If you’re interested in getting guidance from me, but don’t think that an ongoing, full-time coaching relationship is right for you at this time, then please reach out to me about what’s on your mind. I’m always interested in contributing to your growth as an athlete, even if we don’t keep in touch regularly… Let me know what’s on your mind, what you’re training for, and what you’d like help with.

I’m happy to help by hearing from you about your training, looking over power files and your peak power curve, or hearing how your races have been, and then provide you some training suggestions or workouts to help you modify your training for the better. Even if you just want some advice on how to recover from a big stage race or mid season peak, and build your fitness from there, I’m happy to act as your training consultant on an as-needed basis.

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