Enter NjingaAt the beginning of the year, a friend recommended Njinga to me, saying rather cryptically that it'd been a "revelation". Having become so much a part of Njinga myself, I can't think of a better word to describe the experience I've had, and looking back,
I can't believed I'd trained for so long without knowing the basics of how to Train Smart.
Before Njinga, my training strategy was to cycle as much as possible, with little planning or science to go along with it.
Since incorporating Njinga into my training, I've been able to look at my technique, focus on different muscle groups, train smarter, and improve my nutrition.The Impact of Training Smart
Within a few indoor training sessions, I was aware of my exact power output on the bike, how sustainable it was, and what power zones to train in. I could see in real-time the effectiveness of my pedal stroke and how to use both my quads and hamstrings to go further. I could also take the associated heart rate zone data and apply that to my outdoor riding.
After a few months, I took a trip out to the Pyrenees and tackled a big climb using the heart-rate zones to target different sections of the climb.
For the first time ever, I knew that I had an actual strategy that would give me the best possible time.
And, sure enough, the ride went great.
More Than Just an Academy
The Njinga Academy is supportive in the most incredible ways.
It's a place where you can learn everything from great stretching techniques to nutrition advice.
The team are fully committed to helping you get the best out of yourself and they always have time for your questions. They make sure that there are a variety of training sessions and online programmes to choose from so you can target different areas of development and keep things fresh.
For the first time ever, I trained through the winter, which resulted in huge performance gains when the season came back around again.
This summer, I got my first gold time at a sportive.
Afterwards, when catching up with a friend to talk cycling, I mentioned that my recent gains were thanks to my coaching. "You have a coach?" he asked. And I had to smile and explain that I have a whole academy.