Read what some of Fran’s happy clients have to say!
I was around three months into my Ironman “training” when I first came across Fran. I was at work, in a terrible mood and injured. I had signed up for my first Ironman – oh actually I should point out it was my first triathlon of any sort – in November the previous year as sort of personal challenge. I had been following an online training schedule which was tough. Actually it was mental for a novice. For a first timer I was full of enthusiasm and convinced I would smash this training whether it half killed me or not. After a couple of months my body was broken. I was miserable and I was starting to panic. After googling “Ironman Coach London” I came across Fran and Rhys – later to be called my dream team. Fran was the coach. No wait, Fran was THE coach. We met up for a coffee and he didn’t sugar coat it for me! I was going to need to listen to him and do as he said or there was no point working together. I agreed and we started. The first few sessions, in fact the first couple of months were a VERY steep learning curve. With my background/history of eating disorders and depression I was struggling. I wanted to eat less, weigh less, train more, work harder. Fran had his work cut out getting me to take my time and be patient. Gradually though we made progress. Week by week I got stronger. Instead of crying I was smiling. I was making progress. When I panicked Fran was there. When I needed support he was on the phone. We spoke almost every day. He was my lifeline. He took all the stress and confusion away from me and simply told me what I needed to do. After a few months we were getting close to the Ironman. It was a VERY difficult time. I had been hospitalised with minor operations but I was determined to get to the start line. Fran gave me the ultimatum. Go for it now or postpone to the following year. We went for it. Fran stood by me when others would have told me it was impossible. In the days leading up to the race he was on the phone. He made time to make sure I was mentally prepared.
I completed my first full distance Ironman in Tenby, Wales on the 13th September 2015 in 16 hours and 26 minutes. Words cannot describe what that day meant to me. Words cannot describe how grateful and relieved I am, to this day, that I found Fran. Simply put – I wouldn’t have made it to the start line, let alone the finish line, without him. Ironman changed my life. Fran taught me a lot more about myself than just being able to compete in Triathlon. I am a different person as I type this. I am calm, confident and happy. I am proud of myself. I no longer berate myself for not being lighter or faster. It really is hard to describe! Simply put, working with Fran was the single best decision I made during my Ironman pursuit. He will be my friend and my coach for the rest of my training life. Thank you CF. x
In the US American vernacular: Fran rocks.
I already know that this is the time I will look back on, at some distant point in the future, and I must confront a seemingly insurmountable test, I will be able to say, that was the experience that gave me the tools to handle the challenge of today. With no exaggeration–Fran changed my life.
Since this time I’ve had a kidney transplant and working with Fran I have built back up to full fitness to race IM Switzerland 70 IM Germany 70.3 and IM Austria 70.3
Having completed 10 IMs himself, I can’t think of a better coach. I particularly like the way he tailors training to your specific goal. And uses strength training to help prevent injury. On top of this, he’s a nice guy too. For anyone thinking of training for middle / long distance events, I highly recommend him.