In the midst of an unnecessarily long, cold, and snowy winter, I approached Shayne after having taken one of his P2 classes. Having structured workouts during the winter was just what I needed, and getting them from a friend and teammate was a real perk!
My request for Coach Gaffney was unique to any cyclist in the New England area. I wanted help getting my Category 3 track upgrade. I had gotten my Category 4 upgrade at the Northeast Velodrome during the last year it was operational and got bitten by the track bug hard. After that track closed down, the next nearest was Kissena Velodrome in Queens, NY. I found it was possible to make it there and back in a day and set about racing as often as I could. In 2014, I was self-coached and fought very hard for my upgrade but I was always just shy of getting the necessary points.
I began working with Shayne early on in 2015. Every workout he prescribed was track specific, and my abilities improved thusly; far more quickly than had I been on my own. By the last weekly race of the season, I easily garnered the remaining points to get my upgrade!
Without Shayne’s insight and training plans, I can honestly say I wouldn’t have gotten my upgrade. And as a plus, he stresses being easy to communicate with often answering random questions whenever I had them. Already Shayne is working on my 2016 season, with my sights set on both Track Nationals and a Category 2 upgrade!