20219 S2e12 Miller Blevins 1200×675

A Bright Future & Big Training Blocks — Christopher Blevins and Coach Jim Miller

BY TrainingPeaks CoachCast Host Dirk Friel

Listen to one of the most exciting young athletes, Christopher Blevins, along with his coach Jim Miller, discuss their training plans and Olympic aspirations.

This week Dirk sat down with renowned Coach Jim Miller and the very talented mountain biking athlete, Christopher Blevins. They explored topics such as the athlete-coach relationship, Christopher’s recovery process and the reality of racing during COVID-19.

Christopher also dove into the reasoning behind his decision to commit to mountain bike racing over road and why he’s happy with the current trajectory of his career. Jim reviews his own personal evolution as a coach, starting at USA Cycling, exploring racing strategy at many Olympic Games, his progression to TrainingPeaks and finally, returning to where it all started again at USAC.

Stand-Out Quotes

  •  “I’m like, what did I get into? So I think anybody who switches to Jim, they may go through a transition period where they assimilate the mental fortitude and the discipline in it.”
  •  “I can tell you within five minutes of talking to somebody whether I can coach them or not. It is really whether or not those personalities jive.”
  • “A piece of advice I give everybody is, if your personal goals line up with the team’s goals, you’ll always be happy…if your personal goals don’t line up with the team’s goals, you’ll always be unhappy regardless of the money.”
  • “I’m equally as passionate about my poetry and music, rap really, as I am my cycling. So it’s something I do more for myself and it’s very introspective and personal, but I write a lot of songs when I’m on the bike, like long endurance rides.”
  • “Understand why you’re doing this, keep your love for it and protect that and don’t neglect that, or get caught up in external validation. You have to have internal goals that are built on top of your external goals.”


Christopher Blevins’ Instagram

Christopher Blevins’ Twitter

Jim Miller’s Instagram

Jim Miller’s Facebook

A Coach Using Trainingpeaks On Her Laptop In Her Home Office

Start Your 7-Day Free Trial

Explore all TrainingPeaks features and more with a free 7-day trial for coaches. Tools built by coaches to make coaching easier.

Coachcast Host Dirk Friel
About TrainingPeaks CoachCast Host Dirk Friel

Dirk Friel is the host of the TrainingPeaks CoachCast and Co-Founder of TrainingPeaks. He is a lifelong athlete with a passion for cycling and ski mountaineering and firmly believes in goal setting, dedicated deliberate training and coaching for all. Learn more about his work at TrainingPeaks and follow his adventures on Instagram @dirkfriel.

Visit TrainingPeaks CoachCast Host Dirk Friel's Coach Profile