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Our Philosophy

A Hands on Personal Approach


At Tri 1st Coaching we believe in a hands on and personal approach to coaching. Coaching only works if there is a sense of connection between the athlete and the coach. If you can't relate to each other it won't work! But equally, like with many relationships, time will build and enhance that connection.

We pride ourselves in making sure that we build and maintain this connection with you. It doesn't matter if you are locally based in Birmingham and the surrounding areas or on the other side of the world. All our athletes benefit from a high level of personal service with unlimited contact via email, the online training platform Training Peaks and phone or Skype. If you are local, we'd also like to see you face to face, be it over a coffee at our shop & coaching hub in Birmingham, during one of our coached swim, bike or running sessions or organised training days. Simply put, having a sense of connection builds trust and makes the whole process more fun!

No One Size Fits All

As athletes ourselves, with over 25 years' experience in training, racing and coaching, we want to help other athletes; we want to help you achieve your goals, regardless of the distance you want to race, regardless of your ability and no matter how much time you have. We also understand that you want to get the best improvements and results you can for the time you are putting in!

Unfortunately, there is no 'one size fits all approach' when it comes to triathlon training and getting those improvements you are looking for. As athletes we are all travelling on a different athletic path. Some are, what we call, life long athletes; these are the girls and guys who have been doing some sort of endurance sport for years/all their life. They generally can get away with a little bit less year round volume than the experienced athlete (who is approx. 5-8 years into his/her athletic development). The newbie on the other hand is super keen and wants to get out there and train as much as they have time for. But unfortunately most won’t have the durability to cope with the sort of volume an experienced athlete or lifer can deal with.

Athletic experience and ability aside, it is also important to consider the requirements of your 'goal race', your available time to train, work commitments, family and life in general. The fact of the matter is, no athlete's circumstances will ever be the same as the other and this is why at Tri 1st Coaching every athlete will be working on a different aspect of their training at any given time with a long term development plan in mind.

Consistency is Key

We will say however, that there is no substitute for consistent training. There is no magic bullet, no cutting corners, no 'train for an Ironman in 8 hours a week' that can substitute consistency. Unfortunately, it takes many hours, days, weeks, months, years to develop the skills and systems you need to perform to the best of your genetic ability (if this is your goal that is!). And this concludes our philosophy on endurance training overall - DO WORK, DO IT WELL AND DO IT CONSISTENTLY.