Steve Bymes

Steve is a full time engineering executive in the industrial automation field with a grown family and wife who competes in State, National and World Level Age Group Triathlons. Starting in high school and college as a middle distance and then a road racer, Steve has raced in every indoor/outdoor distance from 400IM hurdles through the Boston Marathon. Six years ago, after knee surgery ended a running career, Steve turned to cycling for cardiovascular fitness and weight control.

Beginning with group and charity rides, then progressing to single day events like the Assault on Mount Mitchell, Steve found himself interested in applying his broad structured training and race experience to begin cycling road racing. He currently holds a CAT 4 road license racing for RTO National Cycling. He is also certified to race at the Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, SC.

Intrigued by the similarities between running and cycling training, Steve became a GCM coached athlete to refine his training plans for 15K-40K time trial disciplines. (2nd, CAT 5-2011 Lowes Motor Speedway Series; 4th, SC State 40k Time Trial 55-59) As he passed through his mid-50’s it became clear that he needed to adapt and optimize his training to match the rigors of his job and the physiological changes experienced by Masters level athletes. This need for adaptation brought him to pursue and attain a USAC Level 2 Cycling license mentored by GCM founder/owner Jim Cunningham. For the last 2 years, he’s been training with a power meter and is currently sitting for the power based training certification exam.

Ever aware of the time constraints of most amateur racers and serious recreational cyclists, Steve focuses on initial and periodic assessment, developing realistic training plans that challenge and satisfy today’s endurance athlete. By matching goals with current abilities and the time available to train, Steve not only monitors and develops the athlete’s overall strength and fitness balance, but also keeps close tabs on an athlete’s physiological metrics. This close monitoring, coupled with periodic training techniques, helps the athlete peak when required while mitigating many of the overuse/over training injuries that stymie athletes from leveraging their seasonal gains year over year.

He is conversant with and readily adapts training programs as they relate to the requirements of female or male runners and cyclists, assisting those attempting their first 5k, Marathon, Metric/Full Century Rides/Road Races. Those interested in racing in any of the road, time trial and track cycling disciplines, who’d prefer to focus their time on training rather than structuring their own workouts will find his mental, nutrition, recovery and event specific preparation critical to maximizing their success and advancement. Athletes can choose to train by Perceived Exertion, Heart Rate or Power (for cycling, Power is preferred, but not mandatory).