Case Study

Gemma Goodson

I have always wanted to complete a triathlon but I hadn’t ever ridden a road bike and it was 20 years since I had been in a pool.

Then in March 2015 I suffered a fall from my horse and broke my back. Laying in hospital, with little movement and feeling in my left leg I was terrified. I knew my journey to full recovery would be a long one so I took the crazy decision to book myself in for a ironman 70.3 in June 2016. Just 14 months later!

Phil had a huge undertaking on his hands, I spent the first 7 months of my recovery in a spinal brace and he worked closely with my physio, ensuring that all my one to one sessions with him were strengthening me without causing further damage. Phil has an amazing knowledge of the way bodies should move and he notices any weakness or tightness.

He encouraged me throughout, there were times when I was so frustrated and angry and other times when I doubted myself and cried. He never made me feel like I couldn’t reach my goal, even when I couldn’t lift a 1kg weight.

Over the months of working closely with Phil and my physio I regained some feeling, movement and strength in my left leg. I did many one to one sessions getting my confidence and skills on the road bike and phil even ran my first 1km with me after the accident. If I was sore or in pain, I was able to call Phil, and he would amend my weeks training according.

I am proud to say that not only did I finish Ironman Mont Tremblant in June 2016 but I did so in an amazing time of 6h 12, and of course he was the first to know!

I couldn’t have achieved my goal without Phil’s help and encouragement. The one to one sessions ensured I was working correctly whilst the online coaching plan gave me daily sessions which worked around my life and my injury. I cannot recommend Phil highly enough.