Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy


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West Falmouth, MA

USA Cycling - Level 2 Coach 
Hunter Allen/Peaks Coaching Group - Power Certified Coach 
Training Peaks – Level 1 Certified Coach 
Team USA Certified Safe Sport Coach
MassBike Instructor & MassBike Administrator 
USA Cycling - Category 2 Road, Category 3 CX & MTB 
PCG Associate Coach - In Training

Coaching Focus:
Cycling: Masters Road, Time Trial, Cyclocross, Mountain Biking


Background

Like many amateur bike racers, I’ve always been active in sports and made fitness a priority in my life. Prior to college, I participated in the mainstream team sports and then went on to make alpine ski racing my principal competitive sport for a number of years. However, I always had a passion for cycling, but did it largely for cross training and recreational purposes. In my mid-forties, I decided to embrace competitive cycling as my go-to sport. I retained a certified coach who set out to re-engineer me from a ballistic power oriented athlete to an endurance athlete. I became totally consumed with the process of learning and applying sustained power training techniques, the importance of nutrition and a following a highly structured annual training plan. Fueled with endorphins and competitive ambitions, I began road racing in 2006. As I gained experience, improved my skills and confidence, my results began to follow. In 2011, I obtained my Category 2 road ranking and was awarded the New England Bike Racing Association (NEBRA) Championship, New England Masters Association (NEMA) Championship and New England Time Trial Championship for my age group. In 2012 and 2013, my job required me to spend considerable time in Canada. That experience offered me the opportunity to race a handful of UCI races. I currently continue to compete in Masters road, time trial, cyclocross and mountain bike racing disciplines.

In the summer of 2013, after many years competing as a road cycling category and Master racer, I decided to become a USA Cycling - Level 3 Certified Coach. In February 2014, I was motivated to advance my knowledge as a cycling coach and obtained my USA Cycling - Level 2 Coaching Certification. Since then, I have gone on to improve myself as a coach by obtaining certifications such as a Hunter Allen/Peaks Coaching Group - Power Coach and Training Peaks - Level 1 Coach. Having been previously coached by several certified cycling coaches, I not only achieved meaningful performance gains as a competitive cyclist, but I also gained first-hand experience of the pluses and minuses associated with endurance training within a prescribed training model. On the plus side, the major elements I liked were 

  1. having a training plan or script crafted by a professional coach to guide my training progression
  2. Being accountable to my coach who had invested time in seeing my cycling performance improve
  3. Learning and applying leading edge endurance sports science techniques, such as training with power
  4. having my coach guide me beyond the science of cycling by fine tuning functional areas such as gear selection, bike fit, nutrition, strength training and race tactics. 

Frankly, what I did not like about the conventional endurance training model, was the lack of a personal connection with my coaches. Our relationships were largely virtual and impersonal in nature. Having participated in mainstream team sports as a kid and then later in alpine ski racing, the virtual endurance training model was a bit foreign to me. Acknowledging how technology now drives most human interaction in general, I make every attempt as a coach to incorporate a level of personal connection. When possible, I meet with the athletes I coach, organize training rides and go to races with them. If distance is prohibitive, I will use video media such as GoToMeeting or Skype. I find this approach nicely complements the considerable data driven training methods most endurance training models are based on.





Notable achievements and Specialties
  • 2011 New England Bike Racing Association Champion 
  • 2011 New England Masters Association Champion 
  • 2011 New England Time Trial Champion 
  • Past Director & Officer of Blue Hills Cycling Club (Boston, MA)
Athlete testimonials 

" I started riding to raise money for a local charity years ago. My training consisted of biking mile after mile, eventually I got to a point where my riding became stagnant. I thought just riding was the healthy way to approach my yearly charity rides. I happened to meet Brian on a charity ride and eventually he became my cycling coach. His daily preparation plan for my rides drastically changed the way I go about cycling and training. He had me work on things I never thought of, power, cadence, tempo and recovery. My daily rides are easily communicated on-line and they change according to the daily feedback I give him after my rides. Brian’s knowledge on cycling is extensive and real, he’s tremendously positive which helps an old guy like me get back in the saddle the next day! " 

Sean Saganey (Easton, MA)

" Brian knows his stuff - The technical aspects of buildups, tapering, and developing the right training plan to reach your goal. But more importantly, he combines the science of training with the art of coaching- of knowing exactly when to encourage, when to listen, and when to advise. Brian is one of those people who make you better just by being around him. He is truly an amazing coach. " Jonathan Simmons (Falmouth, MA)

"While an avid bicycle enthusiast, as willing as the next rider to line up for the century charity ride or group ride with mid ride pastry and coffee, I really wanted to be more. I wanted to be A Cyclist. With Brian’s guidance and coaching I have indeed become an athlete, a cyclist who set goals and achieves them, who has gone from the “I’ll always be in the 15 mph group” and often left in no man’s land, to confident morning rides in 18mph range. I have raced Mt. Greylock and Mt. Washington and am beginning to realize I can race them and still improve my time. It’s a huge psychological leap but now when I am passed on a ride, instead of “assuming” that guy is stronger, my training and confidence kicks in, and before I realize it I am passing them, and they stay passed, (most of the time!)

Bottom line, this new strength and attitude makes cycling more enjoyable. Brian has not just worked with me looking at metrics, which any coach can do, but he personalizes his approach, cares about my progress and me, and does what it takes to keep me focused and improving.

An intuitive coach knows when to push, and when to let a client recover. Hard on the hard days, easy on the easy days, and some days, it’s just coffee and even a pastry. Thank you Brian for your guidance and dedication." Jonathan Stark (Boston, MA)




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