How does it work?


I design your personalised training programme from scratch. There are things I need to ask you first, for example your goals, health, injury and running history, and what you have on – family and work commitments etc. To be really successful your training programme needs to be tailored to all these factors and more.

I am a Lydiard Foundation Certified coach. I used the Lydiard training methods as an athlete, and was coached by "first generation" Lydiard men John Davies and Jack Ralston. Your training schedules will be heavily influenced by Lydiard principles. 

Your detailed, personalised training programme is prescribed in "blocks" in advance. Your first training block will be five weeks long. After that the length of your training blocks will vary depending upon what training phase you are in. 

The cost of coaching is $50 per week. This price also includes a personalised injury prevention programme, all physiotherapy advice and video analysis of your running gait. The initial payment is $250 (5 weeks x $50) for your first block in advance. After that payment is in advance via automatic payment (weekly, fortnightly or if you prefer, three or four weekly in advance - whichever time frame suits you best).

I use Training Peaks to prescribe your training. You will have a Training Peaks account that is attached to my coaching account (at no cost to the athlete). 

Analysis of your training is done via a combination of the training data that you upload to Training Peaks, plus your feedback, e.g. email, phone calls, text, facebook messenger, skype. My analysis of your training and relevant advice is on-going and highly responsive,  feedback is provided from day to day, or week to week - whichever is inidicated at the time.

There are no limits on questions. If in doubt about anything, contact me. I expect there to be at least a weekly check in, so that any fine tuning can be done - to ensure you hit that optimal balance between training and recovery.

If you have a particular target race in mind, please contact me at least fifteen weeks prior - running to your potential takes time. Progression of training load (both volume and intensity) needs to fit with your goal AND be done at a very gradual pace that does not increase the risk of injury or over-training and illness. There is a minimum sign up period of fifteen weeks (note, as above, the initial financial commitment is for the first training block which will be five weeks in advance, rather than fifteen weeks payment all at once). 

Location - based in Nelson, however you can live anywhere in the world and be coached by Speedplay Coaching. 

Spaces are limited to ensure quality.

-Sarah Biss.

NB Due to demand there is now a consult service for people who are not members of Team Speedplay. This is for people who I am not coaching who would like advice regarding training, health or injuries. The cost is $100 per hour (or part thereof for the first hour) payable in advance. This does not affect those being coached by me, as always, there are no limits on questions etc for Team Speedplay members.