Karl laid out a simple and effective plan for me to reduce my ironman times from 13:37 at IM UK in 2013 to 10:57 at IM Copenhagen in 2014. In 2015 we switched objectives and he got me in shape for the Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon. His wealth of experience in multiple disciplines really shines through and gives you total confidence in your training and fitness come race-day. His ability to fit work-outs into and around work/family/social commitments proved essential for me to sustain training over 3 years. I have total faith in recommending Karl to anyone who wants to get fitter or faster.
Mo and I have now been with Karl for three years. Originally this was to help us with training for our first marathon. We had asked him to help as we are both in our 60’s and had only come to running a few years ago. Following the successful completion of the marathon we have moved on to new challenges with Karl’s assistance. Over the last year Mo’s challenges were her first overseas marathon in Malta, her first cycle sportive and an open water swim. With Karl’s guidance she completed all these, coming second in her age group, over 65 women, in the marathon. The open water swim was the biggest challenge, whilst a competent pool swimmer open water had posed some problems as it does with even many more experienced swimmers. A week before the event, a ½ mile swim at Loch Lomond, Mo was very undecided but Karl persuaded her to have a go. On completion of the swim the smile on her face told it all, that smile was the highlight of my competitive year.
My own challenges have been the Malta marathon, only my second marathon and a personal best. In triathlon I did my first half ironman distance event, the Outlaw Half, which despite the weather I completed in sub 7 hours and was second over 65 male and the Helvellyn triathlon, the run comprised the ascent and descent of Helvellyn, which is over 3000 feet high.
Karl’s coaching has not only allowed us to complete the challenges he has also guided us to maintain or improve. For example our swim times have improved, which for us in our 60’s is extremely pleasing.
Next year with Karl’s continued guidance and coaching we will be looking for new challenges.
DZFitness has helped me achieve endurance events with confidence. Karl has coached and helped me complete a number of triathlon and single sport events including my first ironman and ultra marathon. However he also gave invaluable advice and support in tackling more diverse races such as the Polar Circle Marathon – which involved running on the ice cap in Arctic conditions and mostly in crampons! Finished 8th female in that event and could have kept going – I have Karl to thank for that.
Karl helped me reduce my Sprint PB by over 10 minutes in 4 months. My 750m swim PB reduced by over 3 minutes. He also helped me to a second position overall at the 2013 Aviemore Cross-Country triathlon. “Thanks so much for your help in getting me this far, you have made an incredible differe
“Karl has coached me for the last year to finish Challenge Henley, an ironman-distance triathlon in Henley on Thames. Previously I had prepared for a couple of half-ironman races on my own. And although I had finished I always felt that I should have done better. For Challenge Henley I therefore turned to Karl as a coach to get the right training for the long distance race fit in with a busy life. Karl not only provided me with a tailored weekly training plan. He managed to keep me injury free and set me up perfectly for all my milestones on the way to Henley. These races were great since I gained confidence and my mind was taken off the daunting task. I participated in the Heaven and Hell half marathon in Perth, the Clive’s Cumbrian Way cycle and Aberfeldy Middle Distance triathlon. I completely enjoyed participating in Challenge Henley and managed to finish in 12:02:46. Karl, thank you for the perfect preparation.”