In 2016 I turned 50, I was working in the corporate world, and I knew I didn't want to do that for the rest of my days, I was feeling unfulfilled, but didn't know what I wanted to do next. I had been to Porto in May of that year and talked to several people walking the Portuguese Way to Santiago. I spoke with them and learned more about the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella, researched it when i got back home and decided i could walk the 490 miles (780Kms ) in 30 days. I called my boss and asked for the time off in the summer shut down in August and was told I could not have the time off. So i decided to resign, believing that I would find something on the walk to lead me in a new direction for my life.
I worked my notice and on the 3rd August arrived in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, in southern France in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains. Where the Camino starts and i can honestly say it was the best experience of my life, six weeks of no distractions and simplicity forces you to take stock of your life, gain a new perspective and find gratitude in the smallest things. I met some fantastic people along the way, and I realised that whatever I did from this point i wanted to be of service to others, the better they do, the better I will be.
Camino Coaching was born and I trained to be a couch on my return to the UK.
Once I qualified as a coach, i started coaching in business with owners and business leaders, but to be honest, it was too close to my previous world. Getting an extra 5% on a spreadsheet at the end of the month did nothing for me, so in September 2017, I finished with a business client. I knew i didn't want another one, so i coached myself and asked, what do you want? And at that point, I decided to help a racer increase their performance and take them from where they currently are to a podium contender. I have some experience in racing and so I knew the difference between a good weekend and what a bad weekend feels like.
I went back into training to learn the principles of peak performance and the Flow state. I started working in British Superbikes paddock with 600 Supersport rider, Sam Wilford who I still work with today in the FIM CEV European Moto2 Championship. From that starting point, I have helped riders in many different classes and championships, in 2019, I started working with Sam Lowes in the Moto2 World Championship and in 2021 I continue to work with Sam Lowes as well as John Mcphee and Jaume Masia in Moto3 World Championship.
So whatever level you are racing at, there is a programme that will suit your challenges and help you increase your focus, confidence and performance.