mike dillis


Provide a little background info about yourself

Started my athletic journey by running track in high school and cross county in college at the D1 level for on year (then decided I should really study more). I transitioned into cycling in 2002 after a career as a marathoner. I am a competitive minded athlete who enjoys pushing himself against the clock, up a hill, or chasing down someone ahead of me on a bike - just to see if I can catch them. I need goals and challenges. Riding for fun only gets me so motivated. 

How long have you been affiliated with SBR?

Probably on and off for about six or seven years. In addition to several cycle coaching sessions and cycling efficiency classes I also took a swim class about a year ago. For a non-swimmer this was a great way to ease into the sport. 

Why did you join SBR? Why have you stayed?

Over the many years of working with Jessica we have developed a clear understanding of how I am wired, what my goals are, what my career demands are and how I process and execute what she lays out on a weekly basis as part of the big plan. With only 4 days off over 46 days on my coast to coast cycling trip, having the ability to come back day after day while average about 95 miles and 3,700' of climbing each day will require being in great physical shape. It will also require me to be well versed in nutrition and recovery techniques. Having a disciplined training plan developed by Jessica has allowed me to maximize the return on the countless hours and miles I have been putting in as I prepare for my trip. 

What is your favorite class, service, or event with SBR?

Not everybody is on board with, or wants to dive deep into details of power and a power meter. Throw in WKO4, Training Peaks and My Fitness Pal as training aides and you can really spend a lot of time analyzing data. Jessica does a great job educating me on all of these things. I'm driven by results and when can see them by looking at the numbers as well as experiencing them on the bike it is a great thing. 

What sport do you primarily participate in?

Long distance cycling.

What is your favorite part about training with SBR?

Communication and flexibility! Every Sunday Jessica loads up Training Peaks with the workouts for the week ahead. In advance of that I email her what schedule clashes I expect that same week so she can take that into consideration when laying out the week. This has worked very well for both of us. 

What are your training and/or racing goals this year?

Training with Jessica to ride coast to coast with Trek Travel on their Bucket List Trip. Going 3,800 miles from Astoria, Oregon to Portland, Maine, leaving August 20th and finishing October 4th. 

What is something interesting about yourself that people might not know?

I qualified for, and ran the Boston Marathon. Having grown up in the Boston area when Bostonians, not Kenyans, used to win the Patriots Day race, it inspired me to set to qualifying and running for of these goals. What a thrill it was to line up in Hopkinton and finish at the Pru in downtown Boston. Seems like only yesterday though it has already been nearly 25 years ago!