My entry into Triathlons started with a challenge from a work colleague to complete the Kingscliff Sprint Tri, a couple swims later in the pool and I realised I was going to need some help.

Google led me to South Bank Tri Club and with good timing they were just about to start their 6 weeks beginners course with Coach Simon, I loved every moment of this course and how it catered to all ability’s. The 6 weeks flew by and before I knew it was time for us beginners to graduate at Raby Bay Round 7 and I was hooked.

Training with the club was going so well I decided to skip the Sprint and complete the Olympic at Kingscliff finishing in 2:36. On the drive back I was 95% sure I wanted to complete the 70.3 Ironman up on The Sunshine Coast.

I decided I was again going to need some help for this 70.3 so I booked in an individual coaching plan with Simon to get me there, Simon’s plan was tailored to my abilities, time availability and also focused on areas that needed some extra work, as the weeks passed by my goal time got faster and faster and I settled on under 6 hours.

Race day was amazing and I finished up at 5:41, I’ve signed up for 2020 70.3 and I’ll be back with another coaching plan and a sub 5:30 goal.

I highly recommend SBTC coaching to anyone looking at getting ahead of the pack.

Brodie – Sunshine Coast 70.3 Finisher 2019

From Beginner to 70.3 Finisher – My First Year

I signed up with a SBTC coach to train smarter. I had done a few tris but worked out that there was a lot I didn’t know about training and triathlons. I wanted to get a coach to reduce the risk of overtraining and injury and to help me get stronger and faster.

When I looked into coaching I couldn’t find anything that was competitive with the value of the coaching options at SBTC (especially when you take into account they can write your swim plans so you don’t have to pay for squad). I approached Damo about personal coaching as he has a wealth of race experience at all distances and he’s an impressive runner. Damo worked with me to set up a training schedule around my commitments and if we need to change things on different weeks there are no issues. We catch-up regularly, he reviews my training and progress and helps to keeps me accountable.

With Damo’s help my swim, bike and run times have improved immensely and I’ve met my goals so far: making the NZ age-group Worlds team for 2020 and running a sub-20 5km. I couldn’t recommend it more if you’re looking to train smarter and to make sure your hard work is getting you results. I’m super excited about the rest of this year and getting even faster, with my coach’s help of course.

Sandra Wilson