Triathlon Coaching and 

Bespoke Triathlon Coaching 

Packages  

Why should I use your Triathlon Coaching Packages?

Coaching is more than simply following an online training plan on Training Peaks. Coaching requires interaction between the coach and athlete to ensure the best results. Feedback from the swim, bike and run sessions is essential to ensure the coaches can adapt and adjust training plans to improve performance.

Coaching involves more detail in the planning and evaluation process. We use tools such as Training Peaks, WKO+, laboratory assessments and devices such as power meters and heart rate monitors to analyse and prescribe the training. However, this is much less effective if we don't have feedback from the athlete to ensure a professional and complete coaching process.

Your triathlon coach will constantly be evaluating the data and is available for discussion and to answer questions as much as you need.

Our triathlon coaches are highly experienced (check the bios below) with significant experience working with triathletes, from beginners to pros.

Who is Triathlon Coaching For?

The focus of our triathlon coaching is to help you meet your goals, whatever they may be. It is an athlete-led, coach-directed programme.

We coach highly motivated and enthusiastic athletes, ranging from Professional thorough World Championship qualifying age groupers, AG athletes aiming for personal best performances and those embarking on their first triathlon.

We have been coaching athletes at Intelligent Triathlon Training since 2015 and have had athletes qualify for Kona, Half Ironman worlds champs, and ITU AG world champs every year.

The key for us is that you are enthusiastic, open-minded and committed. How fast you currently are is not relevant. It helps if you like an analytical approach as we use a science and data-driven approach, blended with experience and communication with you, the athlete. If the analytics don't interest you, that's fine; all you need to do is follow the plan and feedback; we do all the number crunching and analysis.

Your goals are your goals, and we will use all the tools and knowledge at our disposal to help you reach your racing and personal goals.

What People Say About Us

"I chose to be coached by Mark due to his high level of experience coaching elite athletes and his background in sports physiology. We’ve been working together for over two years now, and I’ve seen great results.  Mark is also easy to reach - my messages and comments are replied to within minutes, which makes communication and feedback between the two of us much better than any other coach I’ve worked with. Overall, I’m very happy with the service he provides as a coach, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together in the future”

Hannah Munday (Kona qualifier for 2023)

"I started working with Mark after several years of getting close to a sub-10 Ironman but always falling slightly short of the performance target I had set myself. I knew the gains I needed to find were predominantly on the bike whilst also maintaining the strong swim and run that had made me competitive as a top age grouper and regular Kona qualifier for several years. Finding these gains was challenged by a demanding full-time job and the fact I was already working very hard towards my Ironman goals… Plus, I am a woman over 40, and improvements become harder and harder to find at my age."

Claire Shea-Simonds (AG Triathlete - Sub 10hr Ironman)

Meet the coaches

We only take on a few coached athletes to ensure the quality of our coaching service. Our coaches work in close collaborations, so although you may choose one or the other of our triathlon coaches; they may both work on your training programme or other aspects of the coaching process.



          

Mark Pearce (Head Coach)

Mark is a British Triathlon Level 3 coach with a Master's degree in Applied Physiology. Before creating Intelligent Triathlon Training, he was a physiologist for the British Triathlon Olympic Programme, supporting teams in the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics. Mark was also Performance Manager for the Women’s Olympic Team in 2008. In 2010 he became head coach for one of the two UK Olympic Training Centres in Loughborough and coached Lucy Hall to the 2012 London Olympics.  

Since switching to private coaching, he has coached athletes to world championships, European championships and countless personal best performances.



            

Sam Proctor

Sam has raced as an age-group athlete and as a professional long-distance triathlete. He took up the sport in his early 20s after sailing at a high level. Mark has coached him since 2015, and consequently, the two have a lot in common with their coaching, but with different perspectives, skills and knowledge.

On his first Pro Ironman, Sam set the fastest debut pro time by a British athlete on his way to finishing 8th in Ironman Texas. 

Sam brings a lot of experience as a competitor and is a valuable asset to our coaching team. 

Your goals are our goals 

Our role is to help you reach them using our expertise and experience.

Features of our Coaching Package

Developing performance is a journey, and we create a map to navigate this journey to set the direction and ensure you understand the route we have taken.

  • Personal long-term roadmap based on the race calendar, training focus and goals.

  • Identifying your key races and process races

  • The plan is tailored to your lifestyle and other commitments.

Performance Profile and Assessments

As part of the process of understanding your unique profile, we have a variety of options available to assess your ability to compete and achieve your personal goals.


Lab Tests

We can use data from established and respected physiology laboratories, such as the one at Loughborough University, to dive deep into your physiology.

These are additional costs, but we can work with the institution to ensure the tests and results are appropriate for you. 

Field-Based Lactate Testing

Mark has many years of applied physiology practice. We can provide individual step test assessments that work with the lab data to monitor progress more regularly or for those on a tighter budget.

Performed by us, we provide these to clients for a reduced commercial rate. 


Performance Trials

Using WKO software and a series of performance tests over a duration from 1 minute to 20min, we can determine a unique performance duration curve that will help to asses changes in capacity and endurance.

No additional costs. 

Unique Training Program

Once we know what your goals are, we can set about building a unique triathlon training plan and working on other aspects of your coaching, too, such as swim technique, nutrition, race strategy etc.

Customised to your life schedule and race goals and integrated into your daily life. Delivered via a complementary Training Peaks Premium account

All workouts include a video or written tutorial on the focus, how-to cues and guidelines for each session.





Workouts are embedded with coaching cues and built to easily synchronise with your favourite training tools (Garmin, Wahoo, ZWIFT, TrainerRoad etc.)

We adjust your plan when necessary, factoring in things such as fatigue, travel, work/lifestyle, and schedule changes and provide regular feedback.

Race strategy discussions and plans covering areas such as:-

  • Race nutrition
  • Pacing strategy
  • Swim tactics
  • how to plan your travel and race morning
  • heat preparation for athletes racing in hot climates

Feedback and Individual Guidance

Treating each athlete as an individual is a core principle for us, and as such, we aim to deliver:

  • Unlimited communication with your coach
  • Reviews and feedback in Training Peaks on appropriate training sessions
  • Regular reporting and analysis to ensure you are on track with your training and progression
  • Coaches use advanced analysis tools including Best Bike Split and WKO5 to deep dive into your data.

Additional Features

As a coached athlete, we also use some other tools which you will have access to that helps with our coaching process and your racing such as: 

  • Best Bike Split – this is a tool that allows us to model a bike course and then use your data to
    • Create race plans – how much power and when to apply it to optimise your pace
    • Predict times for the course – factoring in weather and road surfaces etc.
    • Demonstrate how changes to equipment or you could influence your time
    • Analyse a race and understand more about your drag characteristics
Best Bike Split
  • A members area on our Training Tilt platform, which has:-
    • Exclusive content 
    • Hints and tips 
    • A coached community group 
    • Race calendar
  • Access to all of our coaches.  

Although you may have a lead coach, the knowledge and experience of our coaches are shared across all athletes. 

  • 15% Discount on Stryd Powermeter for Running

How Do I Sign Up?

Step 1 - No Obligation Chat

You want to find out more about us, and we want to get to know you. This chat is about finding out if we want to work together and is a great chance to ask any questions you may have. 

Step 2 - Onboarding

If we go ahead, we will share a link with you to sign up and arrange your onboarding meeting. This is we really get into the details of what you want to achieve and what you have been doing. 

Pricing

Mark Pearce - Head Coach

For triathlon coaching with Mark as your head coach

We also charge a £115 set-up fee when you book your 60-min onboarding meeting.

£ 220/mo

Sam Proctor - Coach

For coaching with Sam as your head coach

We also charge a £115 set-up fee payable when you book your 60-min onboarding meeting.

£ 180/mo


Frequently Asked Questions

I'm preparing for my first triathlon - do I need a coach?

The benefit of coaching over an online training plan or surfing through the web is that we cut through the vast amounts of information and focus on the most relevant to YOU to improve your fitness.

All training programmes are developed around you and your goals.

If you are training for your first triathlon, you want to be confident that you are on the right path and that all your preparation will lead to great results and improved performance.

I've been successful in triathlons. Can you help me improve my fitness even more?

Honestly, that's an unknown, the answer is probably, but if you have been doing great work and had good coaching, it may be that you are near your maximum potential. The best this to do is get in touch and have a no-obligation chat with us to find out more. 

I come from a running background and am confident in my run training plan, but I need help with my swim bike. Can you help?

Yes, most certainly. We do a custom package which factors in not setting or evaluating the run training; for more details, contact us. 

Do I need Training Peaks?

Ideally yes. There is a free account, and we include a Premium account as part of our coaching fee. We have evaluated other options and concluded that, at the moment, training peaks is the leader for coaching planning and prescription.

How do I get data from other apps like Strava or Garmin into a new Training Peaks account?

We have articles in our member's area that will outline how you can get your data into Training Peaks.

Who owns the information in the account? 

The Training Peaks account is yours if we put sessions in there, we have shared that information with you, and it is now yours. If you eventually move to another coach, we will not ask you to delete this information as some coaches do. Training sessions don't make a training plan or a coaching programme; it's how they fit together and how they fit the person that matters.

Do I need a power meter and heart rate monitor? 

This is one area that we do need athletes to appreciate. We do need triathletes to have power on their bikes (or use a smart trainer), use a heart rate monitor and ideally(not currently obligatory) use a Stryd running power meter.

These tools provide a vital source of information for us as coaches to use in combination with your feedback. With only one or the other, we are left guessing too much.

I am not a very technical person. Do I need to know what all the terms mean? 

It does help, but it's not essential; that's what your coach is for! We adapt our style with a flexible approach, so we can provide as much or as little information as required. As you learn more, you might want more depth.

What happens if I change my goals?  

No problem, we will reassess the plan and make any necessary changes, even if that means tearing up the current one and starting again. We are here to help you achieve your goals, even if they move for any reason.

What happens if I cannot perform a training session?

You can drop us a message and ask what is best to do; if it's more serious, we can arrange a call or video chat to discuss the best way forward.

Is there a limit to how much contact we have?

As long as it is reasonable, we do not limit contact. Sometimes we may need to talk several times a week if there is an issue or in the build-up to a race. Other times we may not speak directly for a week or two.

We use all the various video conferencing tools such as Skype, FaceTime etc. but prefer MS Teams, and we have a booking page for athletes to schedule calls and check when we are free.

We also use WhatsApp for more informal issues or quicker responses.

How do I contact you if I need to ask a question?

Use one of the above methods

How often can I ask for changes to my plan?

As often as is necessary, we understand life is busy, and we may need to work in time for family life or work. We will amend the programme and workouts as much as necessary so that you can fit training into your life.

How far do you plan my future training?

It may be as much as one week or as many as eight weeks it depending upon the best approach for the time. Some triathletes like to know their future training well in advance so they can ensure they can fit training into their lifestyle.

How many athletes do you coach?

We limit coaching to 15 athletes per coach. Many of our athletes are long-term, so places don't come up very often.  

If I want to move from Triathlon Coaching to a Bespoke Triathlon Training Plan, can I do that or vice versa? 

Yes, assuming there is space, you can move between programmes. 

Can I swap coaches if I want to? 

Assuming there is space, yes, that is possible. 

How much notice do I need to give to end my coaching?

We ask for one month's notice. 

Do you have team kit?

Yes we do; supplied by Kalas, we enter an order at the start of each year, and if there is sufficient demand mid-season we can add another order.

We do not require athletes to wear it though, it's your choice.