I work with all levels of athletes from beginner to professional, both in the United States and globally. My athletes have achieved a wide assortment of accomplishments, including achieving personal goals, qualifying for World Championships (70.3, Kona and Duathlon Worlds), becoming #1 in WTC AG ranking points, numerous age group and professional podiums/wins, podiums at ultra-man and USAT All-American titles. I coach triathletes, cyclists, Spartan racers and competitive Crossfit athletes to the highest levels of competition. I am a certified Iron Athlete coach with a broad range of strength training for all types of athletes.
In addition to working with age group competitors, I am a coach to professional athletes, with some highlights including coaching Sara Gross (IM Brazil and IM Mont Tremblant champion), Maik Twelsiek (consistent top 5 finisher, 2nd at Challenge Wanaka, 11th overall at IM World Championships and the fastest bike split in Kona two years in a row), and Jaime Brede (several overall Xterra wins and podiums including a podium at nationals and the GO Pro Challenge).
While I specialize in coaching elite age groupers and pro athletes, I also have a deep background working with beginners, developing athletes and experienced competitors taking on new challenges.
My philosophy as a coach is to create an environment that enables athletes to develop confidence in their abilities and to have opportunities to understand their tendencies while developing them to be their best in sport. A teacher at heart, I enjoy sharing with athletes the knowledge I have learned over my career. A program should develop all aspects of an athlete progressively and with consistency — training the full range of all the systems that go into a complete athlete.
I enjoy working with high achievers. I believe in providing a strong team support network, educating you as an athlete and guiding you on the path to your goals.
I have been involved in elite sport since I was 9 years old and my resume includes professional competition in three different sports: equestrian show jumping, cycling and triathlon.
Since 2012 I have been involved as an athlete in competitive Crossfit and masters Olympic weightlifting.
As a child in Alberta, Canada, I began show jumping and quickly found myself on the international stage jumping at the Grand Prix Level. By the age of 21 I was one of the youngest top show jumping coaches in Canada. I continued my career as a pro and coach with a trained stable of 30 horses and riders competing at a national level.
I started pursuing triathlons as an age grouper. Success came quickly. I became a pro triathlete in 2003, racing to podium positions at Ironman events around the world, including winning Ironman Malaysia in 2004. While racing as a pro triathlete I was also competing as a pro cyclist. Beginning in 2000 I raced many national and world level races including competing in the full NRC circuit, Canadian Road and TT Nationals, the Australian Road and TT Nationals, and the Women’s New Zealand Tour and World Cup, winning stage races and several state championships in both TT and criterium racing along the way.
I trained under some of the greatest coaches in the sport, including Ironman World Champion Scott Molina and world champion coach Brett Sutton, as well as top cycling coaches such as Kurt Innes. My experience with the top coaches has helped further develop my coaching style.
I’ve lived, raced and trained throughout the world including New Zealand, Australia, North America, Asia, South America and Europe. My appreciation and interaction with various cultures gives me a unique perspective and comfort level in working with clients based internationally.
I’ve been a coach with EC since 2008. In addition to dedicated coaching to my individual athletes, I serve as the head coach for Endurance Corner training camps held throughout the United States. I also specialize in developing mental skills for elite athletes and am available for presentations and one-on-one consultations on the topic of developing mental skills for training and competition.
“Give people the confidence to go after what they want because someone is always there.”
If you want to speak directly to Marilyn, contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter @chychota.
In addition to personal one-on-one coaching, Marilyn also has some pre-built training plans available for purchase.