Achieve your triathlon goals with individual triathlon coaching or consultations

Remote ongoing individual coaching, one-off local sessions or consultations (in sunny Lisbon), and one-off or semi-regular remote consultations on various topics. 


These are the completely individualised services I provide to help you train smarter, race faster, and stay injury-free and highly motivated.

It would have taken me years to learn what we've done in 5 months!

The biggest benefit of coaching has been to learn about how to organise my training with different types of workouts (intervals/tempo/Z2/recovery). Last year when I was training by myself I hesitated not to go too hard, but since we've been working together I can trust that we are following guidelines that accelerate the process of improvement.

That, along with getting feedback on a daily basis has helped me become efficient with my training and improve in all three sports have improved. Noticeably on the run, I've gone from 6:15 pace zone 2 run with a cadence of 72 to 5:30 pace with a cadence of 82. And my swim pace has improved by 17 seconds per 100 m!

It would have taken me years on my own to improve like I've done and learn what I've learnt with you in 5 just months. If you want to be efficient with your training, and in the case of beginners like me, learn about the sport, you shouldn't think twice about signing up!

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Henrique Limucio Norbiato 27, Brazil/Finland
Eva - Käringsund Triathlon
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Philippe Dume - Triathlete coached by Mikael Eriksson, Scientific Triathlon

INDIVIDUAL COACHING

Individual coaching is a remote service, but I monitor your training daily on Training Peaks, we have unlimited contact on email, Facebook messenger or similar, and bi-weekly coaching calls. In other words, coaching is much more than just a training program. 

Once you sign up for coaching, you'll complete a form with questions on your background, past training and racing, goals and aspirations, and so on. We'll then jump on an on-boarding call to discuss all of this in even more detail. You'll get a Training Peaks account where I'll create your training program for two or three weeks at a time. You'll know exactly what to do and when by checking your program on your computer, mobile phone, or through simple email notifications of your workouts.

Your completed workouts will sync to Training Peaks through your Garmin, or whatever device you use. I review all your workouts as they are logged and can give you instant feedback if needed. Our communication channels are obviously always open if you have any questions. I don't believe in the BS that many coaching programs do with limiting the number of interactions an athlete can have with the coach in a given time. How is that personalized coaching??? (FWIW, writing training plans is not the same as coaching - that's just programming. Communicating with athletes - that's coaching!)

We'll have regular coaching calls (typically every other week) where we discuss your completed and upcoming training, your overall progress, and any topics that we need to cover and questions you may have.​

The framework I've described here is the one I recommend for most athletes when starting out with coaching. However, if you have specific requirements and wishes, just get in touch and we can discuss setting up a customized framework just for you.

TESTIMONIALS

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It would have taken me years to learn what we've done in 5 months!

The biggest benefit of coaching has been to learn about how to organise my training with different types of workouts (intervals/tempo/Z2/recovery). Last year when I was training by myself I hesitated not to go too hard, but since we've been working together I can trust that we are following guidelines that accelerate the process of improvement.

That, along with getting feedback on a daily basis has helped me become efficient with my training and improve in all three sports have improved. Noticeably on the run, I've gone from 6:15 pace zone 2 run with a cadence of 72 to 5:30 pace with a cadence of 82. And my swim pace has improved by 17 seconds per 100 m!

It would have taken me years on my own to improve like I've done and learn what I've learnt with you in 5 just months. If you want to be efficient with your training, and in the case of beginners like me, learn about the sport, you shouldn't think twice about signing up!

Henrique Limucio Norbiato - 27, Brazil/Finland

I got consistent with my training and trained with purpose

The biggest thing that changed for me when starting being coached by Mikael was getting structure to my training program and getting more variety into my training. This allowed me to stay consistent with my training and train with purpose. If you have a goal and want to train with structure and purpose towards it, I highly recommend signing up for coaching with Mikael.

Hanna - 29, Finland

Significant time improvements in races, and swim went from mediocre to good!

Before being coached by Mikael, my training was all at the same pace and I didn't see any progress. I also found it difficult to stay motivated. When Mikael started coaching me, my training plans transformed and I really started progressing. My Olympic distance times improved significantly, and my swim went from mediocre to good. If you're considering getting a coach, I highly recommend Mikael. He is a really dedicated and passionate coach, and will transform your training and triathlon progress.

Philippe DUME - 45, France

Great benefits from the individual training program and the continuous communication.

The greatest benefits of being coached by Mikael were the individual training program and the continuous communication. Through getting an individual training plan I got great insight to training and what works well to improve performance. And it was really good to get feedback on my training sessions, like not going out too hard! Thank you for your help and support and interest in my training!

Sarah Firth - 47, United Kingdom

Data-driven training approach and program updates on short notice

My goal when signing up for coaching was to complete the Ötztal Radmarathon in an honourable fashion and I certainly achieved that goal. I value a data-driven training approach highly, and with Mikael, I got that. He provided advice and analysis using tools like Best Bike Split and WKO4, in addition to Training Peaks.

I also greatly appreciated the fact that you updated the program on short notice when there were changes in my schedule. I would highly recommend coaching with Mikael to others!


Ötztal Radmarathon is a 228 km road cycling race in the Alps with 5500 m (18 000 feet) of elevation gain. Although my main focus is on triathlon, I do also coach cycling (road and time trial), running (any distance from 5 km to ultra running), and Swimrun.

Nikita Zhuk - 35, Finland

Excellent outcome from top class coaching!

Mikael's coaching is top class! I achieved and exceeded my goal of completing my first Olympic Distance Triathlon thanks to the efficient training and the discipline I got from being coached and having a professional plan.

The communication was very good, and it was brilliant to get feedback on my workouts in Training Peaks. Signing up for coaching with Mikael was well worth the investment!


Mark went from struggling to see how he could even complete the Olympic distance race, let alone within the cut-off time of 4 hours, to standing on the start line confident that he had what it took and easily finish in sub-3:30 even in tropical heat that saw others drop like flies around him on the run.

Mark Papallo - 42, Switzerland

Really got results - I'm in the peak fitness of my life!

Being coached by Mikael has been great! We have a good relationship and I get all the help I want. Superb flexibility to meet the changing schedules - I still don't understand how you have time to always react within 24h.

I'm in the peak fitness of my life and reached my race goal of sub-5:30 for a half Ironman easily. I would never have exercised this structured and consistent way without you. The training plan and workouts really got results. Also, knowing that you check every session in Training Peaks pushed me to do those workouts even when feeling a bit lazy...

Kai Becker - 47, Finland

Achieved my goals and exceeded expectations!

I achieved my goals and exceeded my expectations, going from a 45-minute 10k run to sub-40, and completing an Ironman 70.3 in 5:05 (with my goal being just completing it and enjoying it).

Your coaching kept me focused with well thought-out, balanced training plans. And it was great to have you hold me accountable for the training through daily check-ins on Training Peaks.

For anybody interested, I would highly recommend getting Mikael as a coach!

Read Adam's Case Study Here!

Adam Taylor - 41, United Kingdom

Signing up for coaching is super worth it!

Being coached by Mikael was a learning process for me as a beginner. Mikael tailored my training plan after identifying my strengths and weakness which helped me trust him during the entire process. In addition, the communication was outstanding. We had great discussions all with the end goal of helping me reach my goals.

Signing up for coaching is super worth it! First, I did not have to worry about what the right training for me next week would be. Second, Mikael evaluated my daily performance in workouts to track my progress and prevent unnecessary injuries. Lastly, through the coaching process, I built the confidence needed to overcome my fears allowing me to perform immensely well in each of my events.

Angel Irizarry - 36, United States

BRIEF SUMMARY OF INDIVIDUALISED COACHING

This is what you get when you sign up for one-on-one coaching:

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    Completely personalized training plan
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    You get your plan in two to four week blocks, so your plan constantly adapts to your progress.
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    I monitor your training on a daily basis and give feedback, and advice as required. I'll change your training immediately if your training response indicates that a change is needed.
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    I tell you not just what to do, but why to do it. In other words, I teach you to become better at self-coaching (and maybe teach myself out of a job in the process...)
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    Coaching calls - this is where we really get to know each other and I can teach you the things that just a program can't convey. Training plans are just programming. Athlete-coach communication - that's coaching!
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    Unlimited contact and communication through email, Facebook, Training Peaks, phone and other channels

BENEFITS OF HAVING A COACH

It's so much more than just getting a training plan

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Improved performance AND LESS INJURIES

An individualized, structured training program adapted to your goals, abilities, and other obligations will make you improve faster. Reducing training load when necessary reduces injury risks so you can stay consistent and have more long-term success.

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Increased motivation and enjoyment

As athlete and coach we are a team. Having a team-mate encourage you throughout your training, but also counting on you to pull through, greatly increases motivation to train and enjoyment of the sport.

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Personalized feedback, mentoring and support

With me as a coach, you'll get all the feedback, support and advice you need. We will have an open two-way communication. I always listen to your feedback and value it highly. Feedback, mentoring, and support like this are key aspects of triathlon training you can't get with just a training program.

PRICING

I only coach 20 athletes at a time. You will get more time invested in yourself as my athlete than with 95% of all coaches out there. In addition to this big time investment from myself, the  monthly coaching fee includes:

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    Personalized training plan
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    Daily attention, workout analysis, and reflection on your progression
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    Bi-weekly coaching call
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    Unlimited communication
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    Training Peaks Premium account

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SEND ME AN EMAIL AND SET UP A CALL

If this sounds good so far,  you're kind of interested and think it's worth investigating further, then I suggest we jump on a Skype call (or similar) to see if coaching is a good fit for both of us. And I can also confirm if I have slots available, since I cap my number of athletes at 20. 

CONSULTATIONS

I also offer bespoke consultations (remotely or in person) both on specific topics or as general feedback and advice sessions on your overall triathlon training. Contact me and we can discuss what topic would be best for you. 


Some examples of specific topics that I have consulted on previously include how to use Running Power Meters for best effect in training, how to use Training Peaks (what to measure and monitor and what to ignore), WKO4, and of course, general triathlon training, strength training and nutrition consultations. 


The consultations can be either live as Skype calls (or equivalent) or email-based, so you send me your questions and/or training data and I answer the questions and potentially prepare a performance report for you. When the consultation topic is your overall training, you will generally give me temporary access to your Training Peaks data (or whatever platform you use) so I can really dive deep into your training. 

TESTIMONIALS

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Great advice, fast turnaround and customised key workouts

I got a lot of great advice in a short time during a consultation with Mikael. All based on his review of my training history and my upcoming goal, my first Ironman. He helped me figure out how to spend the last 5-6 weeks before the rest and how to taper. And gave me key workouts directly into my Training Peaks account during the consultation. I hit almost all of my goals and would definitely recommend the consultation services to others. Ten out of ten!


In a little more than one hour (some of it Mikael's offline review, most of it a Skype conversation) Magnus got the advice and direction needed to maximise the time left before his season's A-race, IRONMAN Kalmar. My consultation services are not just chit-chat. The entire session is recorded for the athlete's later reference, and the athlete also gets a written summary of the main points. In cases like Magnus', they might also get workouts or a draft training plan outline directly into Training Peaks.

Magnus Lundqvist - 53, Sweden

"Achieved my sub-5 goal for the 70.3 distance with a customised plan and consultations!"

I hired Mikael to create a customised training plan in multiple 8-12-week blocks with the end goal being finishing my first half distance race, and do it in under 5 hours. I also signed up for a few phone consultations throughout this period as support for the customised program.

The customised plan improved my training and its progression and periodisation. Mikael took my fitness level, goals, and time constraints into account and made it a truly individualised plan.

The consultations helped me execute the program even better and get answers to any questions I may have around training or training prioritisation, nutrition, race planning etc.

This approach was a great alternative for somebody who cannot commit to ongoing individual coaching. I achieved my goal and finished my half distance race in 4:54, and also set a new Olympic distance PB in the process. Great investment in my training that achieved the outcomes I wanted. I would highly recommend Mikael's customised training plans and consultation with him to others!

Olli Etelämäki - 50, Finland

PRICING

My consulting rate is 60€ per hour.


HOW TO GET STARTED

The best way to get started with a consultation is to email me and tell me what you think you need help with. I will assist in pinning down the scope of the consultation to whatever is best for you and your unique situation. 

MY COACHING APPROACH AND EXPERIENCE

I am a Finntriathlon level II coach. I have coached athletes since 2013, when I started coaching running, and marathoning in particular. Since then, and especially with my own switch from running to triathlon as an athlete, my interest has shifted to triathlon. I now coach primarily  triathletes, but with a few runners and swimrunners in the mix as well. I quit my job in medical engineering in August 2017 to take my triathlon coaching full time. 


My coaching approach is that every athlete has very individual needs, so I adapt my coaching to fit you as an individual. If I would describe my three most important traits as a coach it's committed, practical, scientific and data-driven.

I'm committed to your success, and spend a huge amount of time on every athlete I coach. I'm very practical in that I realise that you need to fit your training in around plenty of other obligations, and in that I think most training gains can be made with a rather simplistic approach to training. Many fancy-looking tactics and methods will only bring you marginal gains, but down-to-earth, practical training will give you all of your big wins.


I'm scientific in that I follow all new research constantly, but more importantly, I know how to importantly and when to bring out the old BS-filter. I'm data-driven in the way that I plan and analyze your training. That's why we're using Training Peaks, and for some athletes tools like WKO4, Best Bike Split, and so on.


A data-driven approach is a massive advantage for both beginners and advanced triathletes. With all the advances in science and technology, I believe triathletes and coaches not adopting a data-driven approach will soon be left behind.

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