Working with me as your coach
I work with a small team of athletes to help them prepare for their goal races. Most of the team focus on trail and ultramarathon events, however, there are also some triathletes and cyclists in the team and I am happy to provide advice and work with any endurance athletes. My approach is to provide focused, individualised, and specific training plans that meet the athletes' expectations and allow them to perform their best. Each athlete is unique and has different requirements for the type of training they need and prefer, in the tools and detail they like to explore, and in how the coaching relationship works best. It's important to me to be flexibile and find the right process and approach for each individual.
You can read more about my approach in this post: my coaching principles and framework.
I have capacity to take on some new coaching clients. If you resonate with my approach and you're interested in being coached by me, please send me an inquiry through the contact page.
Deciding to work with Coach Daniel Rowland is among the best decisions I have made in my cycling and triathlon career.
I worked for over a year to comprehend and apply the HRV data I had collected from my Oura Ring and the HRV4 App. I wasn’t confident I had a good understanding of the data and subsequently searched out and found Coach Daniel Rowland. Daniel is an outstanding communicator and an excellent teacher. He first helped me understand the overreaching concepts behind HRV, and then taught me how to use the tools in the HRV4 App to interpret the data and apply them to my workouts and other stressors in life that impact HRV. As athlete’s we sometimes forget that life has additional challenges that impact our fitness and training beyond our workouts. Daniel has helped me bring different elements of my life into my training perspective and understand the signals my body is sending with my HRV readings. HRV knowledge has greatly improved my ability to optimize my training. I am confident I have a better understanding of the HRV4 messaging and can better adapt my training and life activities to optimize my fitness. Daniels help has been invaluable and beyond my best expectations.
David Calero Rodríguez
Daniel always finds the right solution to adapt your training to your circumstances, no matter what your fitness level, time availability, motivation or performance goals are. His coaching goes way beyond simply creating a training program, he accompanies you through the whole process and makes sure you understand the purpose of every session. He is passionate about his job and he is constantly expanding his (already wide) knowledge in order to be always up to date. He is an accomplished runner with extensive experience in multiple types of races, which allows him to provide great first-hand advice.
Thanks to Daniel's guidance, I am learning to listen to my body and modulate my training (and racing) according to the feedback I get from it.
Consistent, adaptable, challenging, well explained and with a clear objective. That's how every week of training with Daniel feels for me. Daniel understands all the elements that create a great training journey, because at the end it's more than just running. Giving close and human support, Daniel really cares about how you are feeling and he vibrates with your workouts, he's not just prescribing a plan to follow, he's following this plan with you, next to you, guiding you and keeping you engaged and motivated with the plan. At the same time, everything is adaptable, Daniel will always have the right advice and motivation when you need to push harder and will always listen to you when things are not going well and you need to slow down or take it a little easier.
I started working with Daniel about two years ago with the goal of completing my first marathon. Having already been a runner for a few years, I had found it difficult to transition to longer distances and setup training programs which effectively build the different running systems required to run a good marathon. I had also struggled to create fuelling and nutrition plans that worked for me.
Daniel has helped take my running to the next level by applying a thorough training methodology to develop programs tailored to my specific needs, carefully considering my ability, race goals and available time. Each training block and each individual session has a clear purpose and goal. Importantly, Daniel has helped me understand the rationale and logic behind each session so that it is always very clear what we are trying to achieve, how it fits into the broader plan and how I am progressing. Crucially, since every runner responds slightly differently to various forms of training, Daniel has put considerable time into monitoring progress and understanding what works best for me and used this to further customise and adjust our plans to get the best results. Daniel has also helped me to understand the broader elements of running that support a training program, including nutrition, fuelling, injury prevention, recovery and gear.
In the two years working with Daniel I have completed five marathons as well as setting new PBs across 5km, 10km and 21km distances. Having helped me realise what I am capable of, Daniel is now helping me prepare for my first ultra-marathon.
In 2019, after a decade long very ad-hoc run training, I suffered a lot from injuries and extreme bouts of gouty arthritis. As I love running and wanted to continue, I decided to hire a professional coach to support and guide me. And I could not have found a better coach than Daniel Rowland. He built for me an excellent program which included, aside from a very sensible running build up program: stretching, warm-ups, cool downs, cross training, weight and flexibility exercises. This all paired with advice on travel, equipment, nutrition, tapers etc. It was fantastic! I have been running injury free and just finished the Baikal Ice Marathon and I am now on my way to complete a 50 mile ultra.
Although you can probably search for all the training information in bits and pieces in books and on-line, it's so nice to have a dedicated, humorous and enthusiastic coach whom you can ask anything and who really tailor-makes a program for you. 100% total and utter value for money!
Daniel and I share several passions and interests: running in the mountains and in the deserts, proper nutrition, accurate gear choice, appropriate mental attitude, scientific research in various fields. We decided to work together to share our experiences and thoughts in order to help me take the next step in progression in ultra-marathon competitions. After few months I can already say that I have seen the benefit of Daniel's knowledge, his accurate approach and planning, as well as his sensibility and flexibility. I feel very confident with the way Daniel has planned my training and already note good progress.