Talented Athlete Report: Aaron Swan

Nov 20, 2012

Each year Dig Deep Coaching selects a young rider to benefit from a phenomenal opportunity to be given professional coaching for one year at no charge.  A strict criteria applies.  Talent, ambition, performance to date and attitude all play a part.  Aaron Swan was this year’s Talented Athlete coached by Stephen Gallagher, listen more to what he has to say of his experience:


What did you find was the biggest difference in your training compared to before?

I had more rest which I found was a big benefit as the training was very specific and rest was structured into plan.


How did it change your lifestyle?

I didn't eat as much junk food and also had more sleep.  This helped to teach me more about the importance of the right lifestyle for my performance on the bike, a learning curve which helped change my views on a lot of things.


What was the biggest area you found helped with structured coaching?

Knowing how to peak for races, building towards a big goal and working on key areas to bring around the best I could be for a target race.


Did you improve your weaknesses from last year? If so, what were they?

Yes I did, it was my race tactics, but I would need to learn more.  This is something that can take a long time as I progress in the sport but Stephen's knowledge in racing and how to maximise my ability was a big part of the year.


How did the coaching experience change your outlook on training and racing?

I don’t race as much as past years.  I also don’t put in long steady training miles.  Learning proper specific training can bring around better condition than racing alone.


What was your big aim of the season? Did you reach it?

All Ireland Champions of Champions and racing in Europe.  I felt my form was at an excellent level during the Donegal Youth Tour along with my stage race in Germany a week before Nationals Championships but was tired by the Nationals after a lot of international racing.


Did you find international racing a big step up in standard compared to Ireland?

Yes a massive step up.


What was the biggest difference between racing in Europe and Ireland?

The speed and size of the bunch.  Holding your position and fighting to stay at front was the hardest part of racing


What are your aims and hopes for 2013?

To go with the Ireland squad to the Youth Olympics and the selection races early in the season. I would also like to win the all Irelands at the end of the season.

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