Triathlon Coaching

Training for any distance of triathlon is an investment: in time, effort, energy, strength, and vision.

 

In addition to being a certified leadership coach, Anne also coaches beginner and intermediate triathletes whose goal is to cross the finish line of a sprint, olympic or Half Ironman distance triathlon race. It takes more than just showing up for training (although that is a key part of the journey, too).

 

The Right Duff Coaching is Right For You If You Are…

  • A new triathlete (completed up to 3 sprint triathlons; less than 1.5 years in the sport)
  • Looking for a coach to give you a more in-depth look at the basics
  • Want to step up and finish an olympic-distance triathlon
  • Focused on distance running and want to finish your first half marathon
  • Curious about triathlon in general, and want to know more, before signing up for a race

 

Athletes also receive up to 1.5 hours of leadership coaching, together with their customized monthly triathlon plan. It is optional, but a resource that I always highly recommend my athletes take advantage of.

Athletes receive the following benefits with their monthly triathlon coaching package:
  • Customized monthly training plan addressing all three sports, as well as strength training.
  • Access to online training calendar.
  • Mobile access to monthly training calendar (Final Surge online system).
  • Weekly leadership coaching and/or check-in calls.
  • Weekly or daily feedback from coach via online training calendar.
  • Daily or weekly email and text message access. (Messages returned within 24 hours or less.)
  • Add-on option: monthly or weekly swim lessons 1:1 with coach, to address: overall pace, stroke inefficiencies, propulsion issues, etc.
  • Encouragement and emotional support.

If you are focused on a distance running [only] race or swimming, customized packages are also available.

Triathlon and Swim Coaching

Below is a summary of our triathlon coaching packages. They range from novice to intermediate/ advanced levels.

You can also customize a running-specific package.

Beginner & Intermediate Triathlon Coaching

Goal: Complete your first sprint, Olympic-distance or Half Ironman* triathlon.

 

  • Five to nine months of coaching, depending on target “A” race
  • Thirty minutes of weekly leadership coaching (via phone) included
  • Customized training plan to fit your  current ability level, schedule and goal(s)
  • Nutrition guidance and recommendations
  • Adjustments to training plan, as needed
  • Strength training included in your plan
  • Individual 1:1 swim coaching at a discounted rate.
  • Location: Based in Arlington, VA, and remote coaching is possible
  • Email and text access with response time in 24 hours or less.
  • No-show and “grace period” cancellation policies apply.

Note:  Half Ironman athletes must have previous triathlon experience.

Swimming for Triathlon or
Improve Your Stroke

Goal: A low-stress finish to the open-water portion of a triathlon swim. Get faster in the water, and finish your swim with a smile!

 

Duration: ~3 months of coaching, depending upon independent practice and ability to make stroke changes

  • Initial baseline “marker set” test to evaluate current fitness level and stroke
  • Some underwater filming included, as needed
  • Scheduling arranged on monthly basis
  • Membership in U.S. Masters Swimming required
  • Location: Arlington County, VA pools
  • Email access with response time in 48 hours or less.
  • No-show and cancellation policies apply

Adult

Learn-to-Swim

Goal: Eliminate fear of water, learn to swim for fitness or other goals, be confident and happy in the water.

 

Duration: Depending upon level, 4-6 months or more.

  • Curriculum tailored to student’s ability, level and pace
  • Independent pool practice encouraged
  • Independent strength exercises included, as needed
  • Some underwater filming included
  • Scheduling arranged on monthly basis
  • Membership in U.S. Masters Swimming required
  • Location: Arlington County, VA pools
  • Email access with response time in 48
    hours or less.
  • No-show and cancellation policies apply