With Wenzel Coaching
Availability:Accepting New Clients
Client levels accepted:Individual, Custom, Elite Custom, Consultation
- Individual $99/mo
- Custom $159/mo
- Elite Custom $190/mo
- Consultation $80/hr
Coach / Pleasant Hill, California
Certified Level 2 USA Cycling Coach and USA Cycling Skills Instructor
Coach Kim Walsh of Pleasant Hill, California combines experience in masters road racing, mountain bike racing, endurance cycling, and collegiate swimming, with a passion for helping athletes set and achieve their goals. Kim is a certified Level 2 USA Cycling Coach and a certified USA Cycling Skills Instructor. She has served as a volunteer mentor and skills instructor at the Early Bird Criterium Training Series in Fremont, California.
Kim is an enthusiastic and patient mentor for beginner racers and endurance athletes. She also offers a unique perspective to clients recovering from illness or injury, with her own experience racing before and after heart surgery and having returned to racing after recovering from a major accident.
Kim began road racing in 2007 with a podium finish in her first race at the Menlo Park Criterium. She has competed in a variety of California races on the road, including the Madera Stage Race, and in the dirt, including the Sea Otter Classic. Kim competed while raising two sons and balancing a demanding career in environmental consulting. She continues to race as a member of the CA Technologies Racing Team.
Kim came to cycling more than 30 years ago as cross training for competitive swimming. After finishing her collegiate swimming career, she competed in sprint triathlons and thoroughly enjoyed reaping the benefits of a dozen years in the water. Over time her interest in cycling grew to include local centuries and multi-day endurance rides like the AIDS Lifecycle and Cycle Oregon. Never one to walk away from a dare, Kim rode the 25th Anniversary Markleeville Death Ride.
A proud Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate (go Mustangs!), Kim holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. Kim also earned a Master of Public Health at University of Hawaii between surf sessions.
Kim lives in Pleasant Hill, California with her yellow Labrador retriever Sunny, two cats, an appalling number of bicycles, and, occasionally, her grown sons and their laundry. When she’s not at home she’s likely to be mountain biking in Prescott Arizona or backpacking in Yosemite.
Events: Endurance Road Riding, Gran Fondos – Centuries, Mountain Bike Racing, Road Racing
Services: Clinics/Camps, One-time and Ongoing Consultation, Skills Training, Training Programs
Specialties: Beginning Racing, Beginning Riding, Road Skills
"Kim is an amazing coach who manages to be flexible and also challenge me. I have worked with many personal trainers and nutritionists, but never worked with a coach before. Nevertheless, I still find it a rare interpersonal quality. She is supportive of my trying new challenges from Time Trials to a Half Ironman Relay, while respecting the time away from training I need to work on my doctorate." ~ Becky Smith
"I can't say enough great things about Kim Walsh. [She helped] me extensively as I prepped for my first mountain bike race .... She was patient and gave me a fair amount of help as I was fairly new to mountain biking. Kim is reliable, thoughtful, level headed, and punctual to name a few qualities I admire. She is encouraging and kind as well." ~ T. Pacheco
"I am a woman in my late forties with vision limitations who always wanted to learn how to ride a bike. I was very nervous. Kim carefully broke down each step to be mastered and instructed me patiently until I rode a bike for the first time. It was exciting. I am grateful." ~Janelle T-K
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