Julie McKenzie

Julie McKenzie


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Clermont, Florida

USAC Level 1 Certified
USAC Certified Skills Instructor
PCG Elite Coach
Category 2 Racer

Coaching Focus: Road/Criterium/TT, Women’s Cycling Growth (Skills, Confidence), Master’s Considerations


Background

I had been teaching various classes in the fitness industry since my teens and always loved riding a bike, but didn’t ‘realize’ women could race until I was almost 40 years old! For the last 12 years I’ve grown as a rider, racer and Coach. I’ve developed a wealth of experience and knowledge about overtraining, overuse injuries, nutrition, and the importance of functional strength and recovery, and enjoy helping other athletes achieve improved health and overall fitness.  

I’m passionate about the growth of the Sport of Cycling, particularly in the areas of Women and Masters. While being strong and able to go fast is helpful, skills are key -- for a competitive advantage as well as for the Peloton’s safety. I frequently lead women’s clinics and skill rides, and am certified to teach the USA Cycling Beginner Racer Program.  

When I’m not working as a Computer Systems Architect, riding, racing or coaching, you might just find me in the back yard brushing the old horse down, or beating back five acres of potential Florida jungle. Core work!

Coaching philosophy

Life is truly a journey, and way too short to spend not learning and growing!  

Successfully coaching cyclists to their highest level of personal achievement requires a balance of understanding and leveraging the gadgets (power, cadence, heart rate, speed) and periodization (the science) with the humanity of the whole athlete (the art).  

Standing on the podium is awesome, but not the only way to measure success. Maybe you don’t necessarily want to race, but to perform your best in a cycling event. Did you set and meet, better yet – exceed challenging, yet achievable goals? Were you able to balance ‘life’ with ‘training and competing'?  Did you view that little overuse injury as a setback, or as an opportunity? Are your nutrition, strength, mobility and recovery routines dialed in?  

That’s where having a coach is so valuable; my job is to really get to know you, help you plan and manage your training in a structured way while ensuring you stay healthy and keep it moving forward

Notable achievements
  • Team Coach: KBS Katz Women’s Cycling Team
  • Florida State Road Race Master’s Champion (2015, 2016)
  • Florida State Criterium Master’s Champion (2016)
  • Many podiums in Master’s and Category 2 Road, Time Trial and Criterium Races
  • USA Cycling Nationals Master’s Women Criterium Bronze Medalist (2016)
  • Road Titans 300 Ambassador/Coach (2016)

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