Featured Athlete - Andrew Hale
May 23, 2017
Andrew Hale is a 23 year old University student who has been working with Dig Deep Coach Steve Lampier as he competes locally in Scotland and near his home in Falkirk. Check out his views on his training and his hopes for the future, both on and off the bike.
How do you feel Structured coaching has helped you over the past 3 months?
Structured training has benefitted me massively over the past 3 months as I’ve had to balance a huge amount of uni work with training. Because of the carefully thought out training by my coach I’ve been able to really nail sessions in short periods of an hour or two whilst seeing big improvements to my strength and abilities on the bike.
What has been the biggest change from the training you have done before?
There’s been a lot more focus on resting. I’ve been ill quite a lot in the past and having a greater emphasis on rest now I think has played a big part in me not being ill at all in over a year. Anyone who knows me will know that I used to suffer from illness 3 or 4 times a year which caused massive setbacks in my performance.
What is the biggest benefit you see with working with the Dig Deep Coaching team?
Flexibility. I have a lot I owe to my coach Steve because there have been times where something has come up and thrown everything he’s thought out right out the window which must drive him up the wall. However, he stays pretty relaxed about it and works stuff out around it in good time which also gives him the chance to try out new workouts he’s thought up for me to do.
What is your short term and long term aims in both cycling and outside of the cycling world?
For the short term, I have a few goals in mind for the coming months so will be working towards them with the aim being a few decent results.
Looking farther into the future I just want to keep enjoying the bike. Whether that’s racing, going out on the group rides or just fannying around on the local roads.
Outside of cycling, I hopefully have 1 more year of uni left in me. I’ve applied to do a Postgraduate Degree in Education (Secondary) and hoping to become a teacher.
Your favourite training spin and why?
Good question, I’ve got a good 2 hour loop I love to do. It heads out of Falkirk to the West along some rolling roads before the road heads upwards at Auchenbowie and over to Carron Bridge, a good 5-10 minute climb depending on effort. At the bottom of the descent, depending on how I’m feeling there’s another good climb over the Tak ma Doon I might do, or head left and roll around the south of Falkirk before heading home.
My favourite kind of session though would be anything with intervals of less than 5 minutes. Absolutely hate long, boring intervals!
What motivates you to train when you’re tired/cold/late at night (i.e when things are hard what makes you get the work done)
Probably the hunger for improvement, whether it’s literally the numbers my Garmin is reading out or just an overall improvement in the sensations during efforts. If I missed a session I’d make myself feel bad for it because it’s a missed opportunity to improve.
You favourite Pro race of the year you look forward to watching and why?
Probably La Vuelta because the overall course is usually pretty mental and more people seem up for it because it’s the last GT of the year.
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