I met Bernie whilst I was ill with glandular fever in 2017 and in the middle of a three month hiatus off the bike feeling very frustrated and sorry for myself (for a keen cyclist this is an awful long time to have to rest). This was something that I never wanted to repeat again, especially knowing that it was mainly down to me mistreating myself, so I looked into the best way to get back to fitness without compromising my health and my wellbeing again.
Bernie and I had an initial meeting - where his enthusiasm for nutrition was infectious! He analysed all of my personal and training data and felt it was possible for me to provide a much more solid foundation to my sporting lifestyle with the proper nutrition - both in terms of getting enough calories, the right macros and the necessary micros. So, under Bernie's guidance I set about fuelling myself with the right foods and following a more balanced training programme.
At first we worked very closely together because I had all sorts of bad habits and addictions. But as I got more confident and experienced at what to eat or avoid and how to train or not (which was often much tougher than the eating part!) I saw Bernie less and less. I think this works well because he gives you the support when you need it, but aims for you to no longer need him.
Being under Bernie's wing for a year was a life changing experience. Following my recovery from GF I was never ill (apart from the odd cold when I tried to push my training too hard once or twice against his advice) and I managed to build my fitness way beyond where I thought I could get to - even managing some big successes in both Regional and National Time Trialling competitions. This was all achieved through effectively training less than I had before and looking after myself and I know for sure I wouldn't be where I am today without his help.