As a competitive cyclist for the last 27 years, Ainslie MacEachran spent 4 years racing in Europe and 4 years as a Professional. He has ridden in 3 Corestates USPro Championships, 2 US Olympic Trials, the prestigious Amateur Het Volk Classic, and numerous Cat. 1 (Elite) National Championships.
Ainslie launched Gemini Training systems back in 1999, and has consistently developed programs that uniquely fit all of his client’s training needs. Ainslie is now a coach with Zoom Performance based out of Des Moines Iowa.
TrainingTips.com: Can you elaborate on why science and experience are equally important in designing a training plan?
Ainslie: In my opinion training is both a science and an art. The science allows us to more objectively measure progress and see how the training affects the athlete. We can explain what’s happening in a very precise manner and quantify improvements in a way we couldn’t early on.
The experience, because I’ve literally been where the athlete is, allows me to reassure the athlete when things are difficult or an issue arises. Also, there’s so much more to coaching. In my world view, the training is all for the racing. And because I’ve done (for real) more than one thousand races in the last 25yrs I can advise the cyclists on tactics and race execution. They can be the strongest athlete in the field but, if they don’t understand what’s happening in the race, they won’t win.