Online Triathlon Coaching
Online triathlon coaching from professional triathlon coaches who deliver the highest online coaching level to triathletes of all abilities. We offer online triathlon coaching through our online triathlon training portal and combine this with feedback, triathlon coaching support and technical analysis via email and telephone. Our online triathlon coaching programs cater for triathletes from beginner to experienced and for triathlons ranging from enticer to sprint distance, olympic or standard distance, half ironman, 70.3 and Ironman events.
You will have your own personal triathlon coach who will work with you directly to guide your improvement and track your progress.
Individual Training Program
All our online triathlon coaching programs are custom written to suit you, your goals, your training availability and your lifestyle.
Your coach will provide you with personal feedback on everything you need to improve – training sessions, biomechanics, race tactics and more.
Cycle training indoors exactly as your coach prescribed is easy with our downloadable indoor trainer sessions usable in the most common software available.
We provide you with a premium level of access to TrainingPeaks on your desktop & mobile device so that we can share the best level of data analysis available.
Email / Phone Support
You need regular attention and we encourage you to be in regular email and phone contact with your coach. You can even arrange a time to Skype!
Flexibility & Mobility Exercises
You will receive customised exercises to incorporate into your training routine to maximise the quality of each training session.
We provide you with personalised strength exercise routines based on your video analysis and build them into your regular training program.
Individual Video Analysis
Let us see you swim, ride and run. You will receive personalised feedback on how to improve your movements and your efficiency for each discipline.
Personalised Swim Drills
You will swim faster when you improve your swim stroke. We watch you swim and prescribe swimming drills from our library to help you.
Personalised Run Drills
Your bio-mechanics are a key component of your performance. Personalised running drills are provided as an essential part of your regular routine.
HR, Run & Power Zones
Your training is based on sports science with individualised zones for all disciplines of your training. This helps guide your training effectively and efficiently.
Race Plans & Tactics
You receive support and advice for every single race including plans for using cycle power, run pacing, swim tactics and nutrition.
Fueling is an important part of every race requiring an individual approach to get the best option for you. You will be guided on options to fuel your performance on race day.
Post Race Analysis & Feedback
Have each race analysed in a phone /email debrief with your coach. Your race data combined with your input highlights areas to improve.
Our online triathlon coaching staff are professional full time coaches that provide a comprehensive service through a vast knowledge base of experience and education. All our online triathlon coaches are qualified, registered and accredited through Triathlon Australia as professional triathlon coaches. We have multiple online triathlon coaches that can help you achieve your goals and we cater for athletes of all levels – our triathlon coaches enjoy seeing improvement in all triathletes regardless of your ability.
All our online triathlon coaches are educated in triathlon coaching principles based on sports science and will encourage you to upload all of your technical data to our online triathlon coaching portal. Our service includes providing you with technical analysis and feedback from your triathlon training sessions and triathlon races so that you can continually improve the quality of your training sessions and optimise your triathlon race results.
See below for details on how the pricing options available, and more detail on how our online triathlon coaching process works.
Online Triathlon Coaching Pricing
- 1-2 files / fortnight
- 1 / month
- 1-2 / week
- 1 / month
- 1-3 working days
- 2-3 working days
- 3 months
- incl TrainerRoad uploads
- 1-2 files / week
- 2 / month
- 1-3 / week
- 1 / fortnight
- 1-2 working days
- 1-2 working days
- 3 months
- incl TrainerRoad uploads
- 1-5 files / week
- 1 / week
- 1-5 / week
- 2 / week
- 0-1 working day
- 0-1 working day
- 3 months
What to expect
What to expect from your triathlon coach
As an athlete, you can expect your triathlon coach to deliver a training program and training structure that is designed to suit you as an individual and your goals. Our professional coaches will provide you with your daily training sessions and oversee your long term training development. You can expect your coach to:
- Prepare your individual session content tailored to your needs
- Provide you with downloadable training files for your Wahoo Kickr or Computrainer (eg TrainerRoad)
- Provide feedback and analysis of key training sessions
- Modify your training program when required
- Assist you to prepare race strategies
- Analyse and discuss your results following races
- Recommend and propose race nutrition schedules
- Provide advice and help plan proposed race schedules for the season
- Respond to your emails promptly within 1-2 working days
- Provide basic advice on equipment and products
- Refer you to recommended health professionals when required
Email is the easiest, quickest and most convenient way to communicate with your coach and it allows them to respond quickly to your questions. You can expect your coach to respond to emails within 1-2 working days. Email is the best way to communicate the majority of your questions and for your coach to provide feedback.
Your coach will arrange a convenient time to catch up via the phone to discuss your training program and discuss your training and racing progress. Phone calls are best arranged when preparing for major races and to discuss your training progress.
Training Program Modifications
Training programs are prepared once the coach understands the availability of the athlete during a training block. In general, your online training program will be written 2-4 weeks in advance and modifications are only required in the event of injury or illness.
What we expect from our Athletes
Our coaches put a lot of time and effort into ensuring that you have the best training programs to support you and reach your goals and your long term potential. For us to provide you with the best coaching service, there are some basic expectations that we have from our athletes. For our online athletes as well as our local athletes, we rely on being provided with regular feedback and updates on your progress. To help your coach being able to monitor and provide you with feedback, please ensure that you regularly.
- Provide your coach with your availability and work / family commitments prior to their training program being prepared. Please email your coach if your training circumstances change (work hours, holidays etc) and the dates of the races you have booked.
- Ask your coach if you do not understand any of the session content
- Upload your training data to TrainingPeaks
- Write brief training comments after each session in TrainingPeaks
Communication is the key to a good coaching relationship. We expect all our athletes to actively communicate with their coach regularly via phone and email. The best results are gained when both the coach and athlete work together with the athlete providing regular honest feedback
Your coach will arrange a time to contact you before preparing your training program to learn about you, your goals and to help them understand what you need from them in order to improve. Expect to have an initial and honest discussion with your coach that includes your:
- Training background
- Racing history
- Overall racing and training goals
- Major races and your goals at each race
- Access to training venues (pools, gyms, running tracks, running trails etc)
- Access to training equipment (Stationary wind trainers, power meters, heart rate monitors etc)
- Strengths in each discipline
- Weaknesses in each discipline
From there, your coach will start to understand what you need to improve and begin planning an overall program structure to guide you towards your goals.
Training effectively means that you need to understand when your coach wants you to train hard and when your coach wants you to go easy. Your coach will prepare and verify your training zones using a number of methods to ensure that we can accurately tell you how to train efficiently and effectively.
Depending on what data your coach has access to, they may ask you to perform some testing or they may prepare your training zones off recent races or training sessions that can provide them with the data that they need:
- Recent races that indicate lactate threshold for bike or run
- A Functional Threshold Test (FTP)
- Recent time trials for swim, bike or or run that provide objective data for pace and / or heart rate
- Testing protocols for running heart rate and pacing zones
Your training zones will then be set up for the equipment that you have access to
- Cycle Power Zones
- Cyce Heart Rate Zones
- Run Heart Rate Zones
- Run Paces
- Aerobic Swim Zones
Once we have your training zones set up with your TrainingPeaks account, your coach will use this information to help you train effectively and efficiently. As you improve and develop as an athlete, your training zones will be adjusted by your coach to ensure that you continue to train as effectively as possible.
Programs & Sessions
All our online triathlon training programs are individualized to suit you and your goals and delivered using a premium online training account with TrainingPeaks. Each program is individually prepared using your availability and structured around your work, family and life commitments. The training programs can be accessed, viewed and updated from anywhere that you have an active internet connection. You can even view and analyze your own data on your smartphone within seconds of finishing a training session.
Training Program Structure
Your training program will be planned around your races and goals in a format that is easy to follow and understand. Expect your training program to be populated with individual training sessions several weeks in advance so that you can view what your coach has planned for you.
Individual Training Sessions
The content of each individual training session is descriptive and will outline:
- Goals and purpose of the session
- Training zones that you need to work in (Power, Heart Rate, Cadence or Specific Swim & Run Paces)
- Training intervals and intensity levels
- Any technical swimming, cycling or running drills that are part of the session
Downloadable Indoor Cycling Training Files
Athletes with a Wahoo Kickr or a Computrainer will benefit from the coach supplying their training files in a downloadable format that they can insert into software such as Trainerroad or Perfpro. This is our preferred method for supplying training sessions for indoor cycling sessions and these files will appear in the attachment tab of your TrainingPeaks session plan. For athletes on Gold and Platinum coaching accounts, these files will be uploaded directly into Trainerroad on your behalf and be ready to go when you are.
Downloadable Run Training Files
For athletes with compatible Garmin devices, we actively prepare sessions within their Garmin Connect account so that your run training sessions will sync with their device before their session begins. This enables you to go for a run and the watch will let you know exactly when the intervals start and stop. This service is available for athletes on Gold and Platinum accounts.
Our online training programs allow the athlete to quickly and briefly provide their coach with feedback following a session. We encourage all our athletes to write simple comments following their sessions so that your coach can help monitor your progress. Your comments might indicate how you felt during the session or they may be used for your coach to understand your training file. For example – “Felt great, that last set was tough” or “Ran out of time and only completed 3 of the 4 sets”.
The format of our online training programs allows you to access training information easily and provides your coach with the data that he needs to provide objective feedback
We can provide our athletes with the best chance to improve their biomechanics if we can see them swim, bike and run.
We encourage athletes to send us video footage of them Swimming, Cycling and Running so that we can provide them with feedback and incorporate the following into their training programs
- Swimming Drills
- Cycling Drills
- Running Drills
- Specific Stretches
- Strengthening Exercises
Once we have reviewed the footage of an athlete, we will provide you with feedback and your training program will include links to videos of specific exercises that we would like you to include as part of your training sessions.
As part of your training and ongoing coaching, we will ask you to send us updated videos periodically so that we can continue to further improve your biomechanics and efficiency.
Training File Analysis
The quality of your training sessions is important to ensure that you achieving the the goal outcome of each session. To monitor the progress and provide you with feedback, your coach will analyse your files using the training zones that are prepared within your online training account.
Each session will have key outcomes that your coach wants you to achieve and we can do this by comparing your data to the zones that we have prepared for you. Many of your sessions will contain training intervals within specific zones and your coach will check these and provide you with feedback.
Your coach will analyse the quality of your sessions through the use of statistical analysis and provide you with feedback on how to improve the quality of your training session. This information will allow your coach to determine how well the session was performed and importantly, how to improve the quality of future sessions.
Your coach has a deep understanding of how to analyse files and will go beyond looking at the overall numbers for analysis. They do this to understand your individual behaviour and identify key areas that you can improve on. Feedback may include:
- Improving power output when cycling on undulating terrain and hills
- Improving gear selection when cycling and cornering
- Improving cadence and minimising free wheeling
- Minimising power spikes when time trialliing
- Pacing appropriately on the bike to run well off the bike
- Running at the appropriate pace or time interval to achieve a heart rate training zone
- Running at the appropriate pace for undulating terrain
- Swimming at the appropriate pace for endurance swimming
Our online triathlon coaches have an excellent understanding of how to analyse information and provide feedback to help you improve your training and racing behaviour. Your coach will go well beyond basic analysis and provide you with useful information that will improve the way that you train and race.
Race Strategy Preparation
Having a strategy and a plan for each race is important to get the best result. Your coach will help you prepare for each race with a plan that suits your ability and your adversity for risk in that race. Depending on your race, your race plans from your coach may include advice on
- Where to position yourself in the swim
- How to approach the swim start
- Power targets and limits for the bike
- Heart rate zone guides and upper limits of the bike
- Technical feedback on a specific course and how to approach challenges within the bike leg
- Run pacing strategies including planned intervals for long course events
- Heart Rate guides and upper limits on the run
- Guides for nutrition and hydration schedules on the bike and run
If you race with a power meter, your coach can also provide you with accurate predictions of your bike splits if you are able to maintain the power targets they provided. This is incredibly useful for
- Athletes racing on unfamiliar venues where it is not possible to check the course (interstate and oversease races)
- Preparing nutrition schedules based on the expected bike length, particularly in long course triathlon
- Preparing athletes mentally for their expectations on the day to ensure a positive mindset
Some races go perfectly and sometimes the result isn’t what we had planned so its important to review each major race objectively with your coach. The reasons why a race was successful (or not so successful) can often be found by having an honest discussion with your coach and to combine this with objective analysis of the race data. We can analyse the power zones, heart rate, cadence and GPS details of your race to help you understand the areas that were limiting your performance and find key areas to improve. These suggestions may include:
- Staying within power zones and pacing well throughout the bike leg
- Limiting power spikes on hills and coming out of corners
- Maintaining constant pedaling on undulating terrain
- Ensuring appropriate gear selection on varying terrain including hills
- Maintaining heart rate within defined limits on the bike and run
- Maintaining appropriate run pacing throughout the run leg