triathlon training coaches and consultants
Founder and Head Coach
My coaching style is ‘process focused’ vs. ‘results focused.’ When working with an athlete, their understanding of how and why they are improving is always going to take precedence over any race result. Yes there is an end goal, but in over 2 decades of coaching, experience has shown me that if you do the right work, and for the right reasons, the results will follow! And if you understand and enjoy the process, the likelihood of achieving your goals will increase ten fold! (I like to say, “If you aren’t having fun, why are you doing it?”)
Coach Mike was recently honored by USAT as the National Coach of the Year.
I believe that every one of us has the capacity to improve our efficiency, get stronger and run, bike or swim faster. Sure, it takes time, dedication and discipline but it’s possible. Working with an experienced coach can make sure that your efforts are targeted in the right areas to make sure you reach those goals!
One of the things I love about coaching is that no two athletes are the same – even when their goals are. I view each person that I work with as a puzzle with unique abilities, motivators, lifestyle and potential. There’s nothing I enjoy more than helping someone incorporate the individual pieces to get the results they looking for – because when it all comes together, it’s amazing!
Getting to the next level in triathlon is often a matter of knowing when to push limits and when to pull back. A breakthrough can also be as simple as working on your mindset, fueling your success with sound mental strategies! I’ve coached a wide variety of athletes over the past 10 years and I can tell you this: while there’s no substitue for consistent training and proper nutrition, a strong fitness base is just one part of the equation!
I approach coaching from a holistic perspective. Adult age-group triathletes typically have substantial demands in their lives outside of training and racing. Looking at any individual component of an athlete’s training (or life) is a data point, but it rarely tells the full story. I make it a priority to understand what’s going on in an athlete’s life beyond triathlon in order to build a plan that is smart, fits their lifestyle, and builds toward appropriate goals.
If you have specific goals that you want to reach in triathlon, a coach is a good place to start – but it’s not the answer of and by itself. Desire, Determination, and Discipline (the 3 D’s !) – all play a role. When you’re ready to do the work to get to the next level then you’re ready for a coach!
Winning does not have to mean being first. It was never more clear to me than Hawaii 2009 when circumstances conspired to put me out on the run with many for whom winning was just finishing. Being first in a triathlon is great for the lucky ones. I have been lucky at times, but “winning” for whatever reason can be just as much fun and many times even more rewarding. So my goal for anyone I coach is to help them win!
Passion and drive will take you a long way in triathlon! Put those qualities to work within the context of a structured plan and you’re off to a great start. Add in relaxation on a regular basis and they’ll be no stopping you! It may seem counter intuitive at first, but planning time for both quality training and quality downtime is the key to great results!
When it comes to triathlon I think it’s really important to look for a win everywhere. Committing to taking on a new race distance? Stretching yourself to tackle tough workouts? Sticking with a six to nine month training plan? They are all wins! And when you work around obstacles that life throws in your path, and you still make it to the starting line of a race? THAT is a really big win.
Mental Skills Coach
I often hear triathletes saying that the sport is at least 50% mental and 50% physical, but I’ve come to notice that they spend very little (if any) time doing mental training. Fortunately, it’s easy and fast to train-up your mind to help you achieve your triathlon goals. I’ve been lucky enough to bring these mental conditioning techniques to first-time athletes and Olympians, kids and seniors, triathletes who want to finish the race and those who are gunning to win.
Elite Team Nutritionist
If you’re into endurance events at any level, a sound nutrition & hydration regime is just as important as the right training plan! What you choose to eat and drink and the timing of each can have a direct and profound impact on not only how you feel today , but the quality of your workout two days from now and how well your body holds up over the season! Set up a consultation with D3’s Certified Nutritionist and make sure when you head out the door for for your next workout or race you’re literally fueled for success!