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My benefit to you, as an athlete looking to discover your potential, is that I am a lifelong student of the sport of triathlon with exposure in equal measures to sports science theory:
- Masters degree in Sports Science (2000)
And putting this theory into practice at all levels from novice to the very elite:
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.
As a child in Alberta, Canada, I began show jumping and quickly found myself on the international stage jumping at the Grand Prix Level. I started my coaching career at 16 and 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, with success coming 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. In addition to winning stage races, I won several state championships in both TT and criterium racing.
I trained under some of the greatest coaches in the sport, including Ironman World Champion Scott Molina, world champion coach Brett Sutton and cycling coach 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.
In addition to "traditional" endurance sport coaching, I also offer specialized coaching opportunities to take athletes even further.
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 and continues to learn from the best in the sport.
I'm currently working full time as a triathlon coach with Endurance Corner which I have been a part of since 2008. While I specialize in coaching elite age groupers and pro triathletes, I also have a deep background working with beginners, developing athletes and experienced competitors taking on new challenges.
During my senior year in high school, in Houston, Texas, I was required to write weekly journals in my English class. As I ran out of things to write about, I jotted down a bucket list that included doing an Ironman triathlon one day; regardless of the fact that I did not regularly swim, bike or run in any fashion. Following my freshman year in college, a friend asked me if I wanted to do an Olympic distance triathlon the following weekend and I said “sure.” A year later, after my sophomore year in college, I found myself toeing the line for my first Ironman triathlon. I had a goal of breaking 13 hours and despite a frequent urge to lie down in the last few miles, I crossed the finish line in 12:55.
I remember being amazed at the speed of the athletes at the front of the race and I wanted to learn what it took to be like them. The next couple years involved plenty of swim, bike, run, but it also involved a lot of time reading and learning as much as I could about triathlon and conditioning. It paid off when I competed in my second Ironman, just before graduating college, and finished in 9:20, winning my age group for the first time. The following year I competed in Ironman Hawai'i finishing as the top American Amateur at the age of 23.
Over the last decade I have continued to search for ways to become a better athlete and it has been a constant learning process. In that time period I took myself from a 13-hour finisher to an Ironman Champion, with a personal best of 8:13:35.
My journey as an athlete has been paralleled with my journey as a coach. My first encounter with coaching came in 2002, when I started a beginner triathlon program at Texas A&M and after graduating, I attended a USAT Level 1 certification clinic in 2004. I joined Endurance Corner in 2007 shortly after its founding and now serve as the company's Chief Operating Officer and co-owner.
I started my first business in 1996 and I have learned that the practices that enable success in business can lead to success in triathlon. I run my training like my business and my business like my training.
My journey in triathlon started with a 50lb weight loss and continues with a Kona Qualification. I believe in having a plan and working your plan. I believe that triathlon training is a great tool to develop success in all areas of your life: family, health and work.
I take pride in interacting with you frequently by email, text and phone. You can expect a caring coach, an excellent communicator, and a strong leader with clearly defined goals. There is a depth to my craft and a true appreciation for technology and data when training. As an added bonus, I love exercise research/physiology/technology and enjoy finding the edge to what is possible.
I work with only a small team of athletes each year to give them my full attention.
I have always been involved in sports from baseball, tennis and soccer as a child, to surfing, skateboarding and volleyball as an adult. When my professional career as an airline pilot brought me to the Memphis area in 2006, I became involved and quite passionate with the sport of triathlon. This passion eventually led me to becoming a multisport coach. Having continually evolved my ability as an individual athlete while working as an airline pilot, a dedicated husband, a father and coach, I certainly understand the realities of mixing training with everyday life.
I have worked with over 30 athletes on building individual training schedules for races from 5ks to full iron-distance triathlons over the past five years. My vision has always been to help these athletes increase their skills, fitness, overall race performance and moving them forward to reach their goals. For some, that has been successfully stepping up in race distance or reaching a personal best, but for most it has been moving them from “back-of-the-pack” to “mid-pack”, “mid-pack” to “front-of-the-pack”, or even to the podium at USAT Nationals. I have also worked numerous camps and seminars and individually with athletes on their swim, bike or run skills.
Major athletic accomplishments in multisport:
To learn more about Jeff, you can read his personal blog.
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My athletic accomplishments are listed below but they are secondary to what makes me an effective coach. I believe the most relevant part of my athletic background is my journey from an obese “finance guy” to an elite athlete.
My athletic career started when I decided to go for a walk in 1993. That walk led me to my first season of triathlon (1999) and, eventually, to elite athletics (2001). Along the way, I logged a lot of miles and made many mistakes. This site offers me a vehicle to help you avoid most of the pitfalls that I discovered.
I have studied under the leading coaches in our sport: Scott Molina, John Hellemans, Dave Scott, Mark Allen and Joe Friel. What you will find here is a synthesis of my own experience with the teaching from these master coaches.
My preferred way to interact with athletes is shoulder-to-shoulder at the training camps that we host throughout the year. In my opinion, you will learn much more from a week spent living triathlon with me than just about any other investment you can make in your performance.
I am available for consultations at $275 per session including: running through your agenda via telephone, reviewing your notes as well as post-call follow up. I find the post-call follow-up is essential to make sure that we communicated effectively.
Click my name (above) to contact me with your needs. If I can't help then I'll try to find you someone that can.
My coaching philosophy is that coaches all have the same widgets. We (and even you) know the workouts but where I find coaching to be different is in the relationship between the athlete and the coach. Having been coached most of my athletic career, I know how important that relationship is. I work hard to accommodate your needs and want to make our relationship successful.
You will find that I am honest, direct, will work with you and, if you need it, against you to help you push through barriers.
I can relate. I have been there. I started as a novice age-group triathlete and have memories of getting dropped on club bike rides. Through the knowledge that I’ll share with you, I became an established professional triathlete able to compete in Olympic Trials as well as Ironman World Championships where I have been able to achieve Top 10 (overall) finishes. I feel my accomplishments dictate my work ethic and commitment.
My life experiences throughout my professional career range from holding a full time career, dealing with sidelining injuries, having two children; all allow me to relate on many levels and help you to understand balance and training.
I believe coaching is a team experience and my ultimate goal is to teach you how to coach yourself. Words that I love: empowerment, motivate, fast, inspiration. Phrases that I love: train like a pro, go past yourself, get out of your own way, be purposeful in your training. The races that I love: Ironman World Championships, Kona, Hawaii.
I have been an athlete my entire life, playing baseball and basketball through high school and college. During chiropractic school, I developed an interest in Triathlon, and after competing in a few small triathlons in 2004, I successfully completed my first Ironman.
I supplement my personal experience with extensive knowledge in human physiology, biomechanics and ART (active release technique) as well as extensive research on periodization training, performance testing, nutrition and recovery techniques. All of these components combine into a comprehensive approach to my personal racing and training philosophy and my customized coaching.
I continue to learn and develop as a triathlete and coach. I am a big believer that in order to achieve success in the sport of triathlon you need patience and truly love to "do the work."
- Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic
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