Coaching

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 turneej@gmail.com. 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.

 

2 thoughts on “Coaching

  1. Hi Eric,

    I was on the Michigan Triathlon Team and just moved to Lake View. I saw your info on lululemons board and I am looking to get involved in the triathlon team you lead! I missed the meeting on august 1 so i was wondering if you could give me some more info? Thanks Eric and good luck at Age Group Nats this weekend!

    • Thanks Molli! I dunno if we are a team as much as a few people who get together and go ride. The rides are every other Thursday with 8/15 being the next one. There is also a group run every Monday at 6:30 from the Lulu store. I’m also involved at Running Away Multisport, and we do a bunch of group runs and ride too. You can find their schedule here https://www.facebook.com/RAMStore

      Look forward to seeing you around! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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