Hello!! If you are here it is because you have coaching questions, and I love talking about triathlon training. If you have a specific question feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For what I am up to now and a little history about my coaching experience, keep on reading!
Let me start by putting it out there, I am a passionate triathlon, swim, bike, and run coach! I have a few athletes every year who I either coach 100% of the way or sometimes just help with a specific aspect (swim technique). Currently I am a swim coach at the club level in Chicago where I help high school age kids reach their goals of state meets and beyond. I also coach a handful of triathletes with full swim, bike, and run training plans for every distance and experience level. Going hand in hand with the triathlon training, I work with a few athletes who just want to focus on running and achieving some goals with one sport instead of three. Finally, a lot of the coaches in the area respect me enough to send me some of their triathletes to help specifically improve their swim technique, so I do a lot of private swim lessons around town.
I have been coach of some type since I was about 14, when I started as an assistant swim coach for my local summer league team. There is nothing quite like teaching 5 year old kids how to swim! I moved on to swim in college and when I retired and took a little vacation I returned to coaching with the high school club team, as well as working with some of the masters swimmers around the facility. When I moved to Chicago my swimming expertise was immediately put to use by a bunch of friends who needed help before their upcoming triathlon season and it didn’t hurt that my first job was coaching high school swimming at Lake Forest Academy. Going back, I was always the swimmer who asked “why are we doing this” not because I was being a jerk, but because I wanted to understand what was going on. Getting all those answers left me with a lot of knowledge on endurance training, so when a friend asked if I would help them get ready for their first triathlon I agreed. The rest as they say is history, and now I coach a handful of athletes who have done everything from their first 5k to a half ironman.