I am a professional triathlete and USAT Certified Triathlon and Cycling Coach based in Madison, WI.
My Story | By Patrick Brady
Life is a compilation of a million tiny moments. How we react in those moments shapes who we are. How we remember those moments shapes who we become. My life to this point has been an interesting story but there is one moment in particular that inspired me to become a professional triathlete.
In 2006 I moved to Madison, WI and landed a job at a Wisconsin cheese store on State Street. My daily routine revolved around school and work. Free cheese-themed lunches and Babcock Hall ice cream did not lend themselves to a healthy lifestyle. I was slowly losing connection with my former athletic self.
Then in September of 2008 I witnessed the Ironman Wisconsin race from the window of that State Street cheese store. I watched as the professionals ran by and was frozen in awe. I made a promise to myself that someday I would be one of them.
It was not an easy road. I had never swam in my life and could barely make it across the pool. My first ride was a mere 25 miles and I had to walk my bike home. Yet after 8 years of hard work and a breakthrough 2014 amateur season, I earned my professional license in dramatic fashion at Timberman 70.3.
I am proof that if you want something bad enough you can have it. You have to be willing to work for it though. You have to be patient, live in the moment, draw strength from your past, always believe and never quit.
Now, I strive to achieve my next dream. An Ironman event title, and to race with the best in the world at the Ironman World Championships at both the half and full distance. I understand, just as with my first dream, that this will take time. But I know I have the tools, potential, and dedication to achieve them. I have no doubts.
Last week I had the pleasure of having a bike fit with Matt Gehling of Trek Precision Fit out at Trek HQ in Waterloo, WI. TPF is science and number based yet takes comfort into consideration. Using a stationary bike fitting tool, we made a few changes to my fit.
The first was we switched to a new saddle. Matt used pressure mapping to show that I was putting a lot of pressure on the nose of my previous saddle. I am now switching over to the Bontrager Hilo XXX and you can see from the before and after pictures below that the Hilo distributes my weight a lot more evenly.
We also moved my knee over pedal spindle back to take some weight off my arms and open up the chest yet maintain the aero position more comfortably.
The deliverable was a detailed report with an analysis on my new fit and why we made the changes we did along with photos to show changes in angles.
If you haven’t had a chance to get fit I highly recommend it. My fit with Matt will result in a more aero and more comfortable position for 2015. For those who live in the Madison area, TPF is available at the Madison Trek Stores. I have had a number of athletes see the specialists at the Madison Stores and have had great results. For those living elsewhere, start here: http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/retailers/precision_fit/
The leaves are changing. We are riding in vests and booties and running with gloves. It’s the off season. Time to take a deep breath and recharge for next year.
Successful business owners will tell you that the off season is the busiest time of year. They are working on budgets, marketing calendars, inventory plans, evaluating what worked and what didn’t, planning for next year. If you spend time and money on your race season, treat it like a business and start planning now. Don’t miss my free seminar next Wednesday, October 29 7pm at Trek Bicycle Store Madison East.
In addition to all the topics mentioned here I will have t-shirt and baseball cap samples on hand for trying on, admiring, and ordering.
Lastly, at the seminar I will be revealing the PBC kit for 2015. I’m hoping to have a sample size kit for trying on and I will be taking orders.
I am excited to announce the official launch of Patrick Brady Coaching. Launching this team has been a dream of mine since I first started in endurance sports in 2007. Through the past couple years I have built a strong team of highly motivated and elite athletes who have found great success under my coaching style. I am very personally invested in the progression of my athletes. Their goals are my goals. I treat their success and their short falls as my own. Together, as a united team, we make PBC a reality.
Here at PBC, I use an analytical approach to training combined with a strong level of communication and accountability. I don’t write cookie cutter plans. Every athlete receives individualized and ever-evolving training programs based on their abilities, goals, schedules, and response to training stress. Whether you are looking for a coach who understands power based cycling training, heart rate training, or an RPE approach, PBC can do it all.
Thank you for visiting the website. Feel free to browse around to learn more about myself, the team, and my coaching philosophy.
Owner – PB Coaching, LLC
Cycling – Triathlon Coach | USAC III