I had the pleasure to work with Tom Little, originally from the UK and now living in Dubai, for just about two years, until injuries and that pesky 'life stuff' gor in the way!
He was a great guy to work with and he was kind enough to send me this testimonial the other day, thanks Tom!
By Tom Little
I was introduced to Lee by my good friend Mike Sagermann. I was racing with Mike on a team in Dubai, he saw my ability was there but lack of focus, boredom and no new training to do wasn‘t helping.
I had lost motivation, the riding uninspiring, I was racing because it was excuse to ride at all and the only way to keep fit. Results were inconsistent.
I only ride to race. I‘m not interested in Strava KOMS, winning the sprint for the bbq, how many watts I have done, my FTP test results..its all just talk.
I am only interested in actual race results from bona fide races.
Mike suggested Lee for several reasons – a fresh outlook and new methods of training, I didnt have to use my powermeter if i didnt want, he understood the motivation of a racer and understood my style of riding and took into account my individual issues. He could also look at road and Mountain Bike.
I have been racing for over 20 years, I’d been all the way up to being a full time rider and had coaches from teams in the USA and UK. Now I dont race on the road at all, only XC MTB.
I needed a coach who could take my road ability and transfer it into mountain bikes. I needed more mid output and less overall speed and high output. After an hour speaking with Lee I started 1:1 coaching. The differences came within 2 weeks of following his program.
I was more focused each time I went training, I could feel the difference of the sessions when it came to race day, I was calmer, more calculating and better prepared. Here in Dubai its a long drive to the trails so training is usually on the road and any roadbike training must transfer onto the MTB. The trails and races here are usually quite technical for XC which suits me anyway, but its easy to lose the trail mojo by riding on the long flat bike paths laid out across the desert.
Lee coached me for 2 years. In the first year I had 4 wins, and finished on the podium in every other race. Second year I won 3 and apart from 2 races where punctures got me, I podiumed all but 1 in the rest.
I dont know if my FTP has gone up or down or if I can sprint the same as before. I dont care. Lee helped me get my ability and apply it into the racing. I won more, I was more consistent, I could choose my tactics and most of the time, racing became fun again.