Who is Francois?

I was born and raised in Paris (France, not Texas). After getting a doctoral degree in computer science/math, I moved to Australia for a few years, before moving to El Paso in 2001.I recently relocated to Gainesville, FL, where I work as a biomedical informatician on a bunch of super nerdy stuff related to informatics, medicine and health.

Because of my scientific background, and nearly 20 years of triathlon, and endurance sports, I have always been interested in exercise science and athletic performance. So it was quite natural when I started coaching back in 1997. I am dedicated to providing quality coaching with a solid scientific basis, proper periodization, technique analysis, bike fit and aerodynamics, and power analysis, for those training/racing with powermeters.

I have coached a wide range of athletes, from beginners doing their first sprint triathlon, to accomplished Ironman athletes, as well as cyclists and runners. I am also interested in the educational component of coaching (why do you do a specific session), as well as communicating my love and passion for endurance sports, and outdoor activities. Other interests include being goofy, laughing, and enjoying life.

You can find my coaching information at www.fmcoaching.com.

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2 thoughts on “Who is Francois?

  1. question 1) I was told after an “A race” I should take a week off for every hour I race. I just finished IMAZ. Do I realy need to take over 3 months off?

    I was thinking of relaxing and no training for 6 weeks, but even that seems like too much. question 2A) Will taking 6 weeks off be enough? question 2B) will taking 6 weeks off be too much down time and hurt my Iron time in Sept?

  2. Hi Cody,

    I have never heard of the 1 week per hour raced ‘rule’. I have seen a few books on coaching suggesting 1 day per hour raced though. Anyhow, definitely not (either, one day or one week). My suggestion after a big race like an IM is to take a few days off until muscle soreness goes away. For some, 2-3 days is enough. For others, it takes a bit more. Then, assess with your coach (or yourself) how you feel physically AND mentally. It’s a bit easier with a coach who can catch on small cues, but you can try to be truly honest with yourself (which is not always easy!) and see where you are. But when soreness is gone, you can have 4-6 weeks of unstructured training. Say one session per day around an hour, just moving a bit. Maybe an easy hour swim, working on technique, or an 1h30 ride and the next day a 30min run, etc. You get the idea.

    That said, I wouldn’t encourage my athletes to do zero training for 6 weeks. Most of the people I know really enjoy moving. So provided you’re not mentally burnt out, or physically injured, I’d still workout a bit. Work on technique, do strides on the run, go to spinning classes, etc.

    So 2A. That will be too much! I’d kick you off the couch if you were my athlete!
    2B. If you’re not injured, and not burnt out mentally, yes, it will be too much.

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