Brian had the pleasure of coaching Brian Nelson for the 2007 road season. Their coaching/client relationship began in the fall of 2006 and together they made some amazing progress. Brian Nelson is the type of athlete and person who is enthusiastic and dedicated. He possesses an amazing amount of natural ability; when combined with his strong mental focus allows him to achieve some great results. In the 2007 road season Brian went from being a new Cat 2 to the Senior Men Best All Around Rider (BAAR) Champion for Washington State. Results that year included bringing home state medals in the State Circuit Race (1st place), State Crit (2nd Place), and the State Ominium Stage Race (3rd Place). A huge step forward for Brian as a bike racer.
“When I started getting coached by Brian Ecker it was my first time having a formal, fulltime coach. I had always had advice and input from others but never such a structured and schedule that actually had meaning to it. I was straight out of college and working almost full time so every moment that I was able to dedicate to training I would let Brian know and he would fit my training into my free time. I’ll have to say that I thought he made a mistake the first time I saw my schedule. My off weeks were almost as much as some of the longest weeks I had ever done and my build up weeks looked like a full time job. I stopped questioning the program knowing that Brian knew what he was doing and left that part of the training up to him and I just spent hours enjoying my bike rides and it worked out perfect. The long hours were a necessary foundation to my goals of becoming a better bike racer with the only side effects of some impressive saddle sores.”
Brian first began coaching Holly in the fall of 2007. In many regards Holly was the perfect athlete for a coach to take on. She had a history of competing in all of the events that she now wanted to do better in, she was frustrated with previous performances, yet she had (at times) trained really hard. Above all, she was clearly dedicated to her goals.
During the two years Brian coached Holly, hopefully she will jump back into racing after taking a break, she PRed almost every type of event she raced.
- ½ marathon time went from: 2:03:56 to 1:57:20
- Marathon time went from 5:02:31 to 4:35 to 4:22:18
- 5K time went from 27:48 to 24:08
- Ironman Triathlon went from 14:25.29 to 13:18.34
Holly owes the majority of her improvement to herself. She worked hard, very hard and stayed focused. She worked through some minor injuries and other barriers to really become highly successful. She went from a participant to a competitor.
In the fall of 2007, I signed up for my fourth Ironman Triathlon, Ironman Canada 2008. At the time I had taken an entire year off from any sort of racing, and in that time had come to the conclusion that I was done with “just finishing” races and ready to take my training and racing to a new level. I had known Brian for years, watched him race, and had respect and admiration for his work ethic. I was thrilled when he agreed to be my coach and mentor.
With Brian’s help I have achieved more than I ever thought possible. I worked harder and was more focussed than I had ever been, and it showed in my results. I improved, across the board, in all three disciplines. I also had more fun, felt better, and truly enjoyed training and racing like never before. After setting PRs in just about every race I did that first year, I finished off the triathlon season by blowing away my previous Ironman best time (14:25:29) finishing in 13:18:34. Although I put a ton of hard work into reaching that goal, I could not have done it without a clear and concise training plan, as well as a lot of encouragement and support from Brian. I thoroughly enjoyed being coached by him and look forward to working with him again in the future.
Brian started coaching good friend Dave Bishop (Bish) in midsummer of 2008. Bish wanted some help to take on a new endeavor, going solo at the Bellingham Traverse. The Traverse is a local Bellingham multisport event with multiple cycling and running legs along with some paddling thrown in for kicks. Bish is an individual whom has always been active including dabbling in all of the sports needed for the Traverse. However, Bish’s racing performance had been pretty much limited to cycling and even then his performances were inconsistent.
Over that summer, Bish and Brian worked step by step through a plan that was tailored to his fitness and ability levels. This meant working within the confines of having a capacity to train between 8 and 12 hrs per week. The end result was that Bish finished strong in the solo category and was soon setting new goals for the next year.
Since that time, Brian has continued to coach Bish within the confines of an 8 to 12 hr per week of training. They have been able to reach a high level of consistency in performance and new gained confidence. This past season Bish put in a PR for the bike leg of Ski to Sea by 6 ½ minutes!! Later in the summer Bish was a critical member of Team Fanatik’s gold medal performance for the Team Time Trial ride for the Master C category at the WA State Team Time Trial Championships. Bish capped of his 2009 performance with another stellar performance at the Traverse, setting a PR by 15 min over his rookie effort. Way to go Bish!!
Testimonial from Bish:
Brian Ecker has been, aside from a good friend, my coach for the past 18 months. As my fitness goals have developed and grown over the last few years so have my expectations for my performance. As a formerly average masters cyclist and multi sport dabbler I have been excited and surprised about the results I have achieved in the last year. In the past I have continually questioned and second-guessed the quantity and quality of my own designed training. As the books piled and research got deeper my ability to dial in a program that worked for me became more convoluted. I fully trust and am fully committed to the Program designed by Brian and have gained much more confidence and skills that have proven my potential is a little higher and more attainable than I thought possible. It’s not always easy but things worth doing seldom are.
Brian first met Tyler on a winter day in 2002 while on a Recycled Cycles training ride. He was a brand new rider whom had never raced. Immediately it was clear that Tyler is the type of rider that has a raw talent that only comes around every so often. He is a rider that is explosive in many ways.
Brian started coaching Tyler in the fall of that same year. We started with fundamental basics and worked our way up from there. Tyler was the perfect student: dedicated and steadfast to his program meanwhile always asking questions and clarification. The 2003 racing season for Tyler was highly successful punctuated by a win at the Washington State Senior Men’s Road Race and continued consistent performances to earn him the title of Senior Men Best All Around Rider (BARR) for Washington State.