Customised Training Plans

More individualised and dynamic than ready-made plans, more affordable than coaching.

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How Does It Work, Who Is It For, Why Choose Us, Pricing, Coaches, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Testimonials

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"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

How Do Customised Plans Work?

  • It's a completely individualised plan. The plan is built completely from scratch by one of our coaches based on an in-depth questionnaire that asks about your goals, current training and training history, injury history, time constraints, current ability, and so on. Once you get your plan, you can review it, ask for clarifications, ask for adjustments if needed, and your coach will provide answers and adjustments until youare both hppy with the final version of the plan.
  • But it's not coaching.  The difference compared to coaching is that once you have the plan, it is entirely up to you to go out and execute it. There's no ongoing communication with your coach about your training or daily monitoring the way there is in coaching.  
  • It can be delivered in blocks of various durations. If you are training for a race six months away, we don't believe building a massive six month plans is the most effective strategy. Instead, we will suggest breaking it up into smaller chunks, normally 8-week blocks. This has a couple of big advantages. First, you only commit to and pay for one block at a time. And second, your coach can get and take into account your feedback and what you did in the previous block once it's time to plan the next block of training. Note that evven though the plan may be delivered in shorter blocks, your coach will look at the big picture and the end goal from the very beginning, and plan your training with that in mind. 
  • Delivered in Training Peaks. Our customised plans are delivered on the Training Peaks platform. You can use the plan either with a Free or a Premium account. 

Who Is It For?

  • Age-group athletes of all levels, that know the basics of how to swim, bike and run. Beginners benefit incredibly from customised plans, so don't 'wait until you get faster'. But if you don't know e.g. how to swim, a local coach is your best option. 
  • Advanced age-group athletes. We have a great success rate in qualifying athletes for World Championships and other major events, as well as taking podium finishes and age-group wins. 
  • Athletes around the world in all time zones.
  • Motivated athletes. We can create a fantastic plan for you, but if you are not motivated to put in the work, then not even the best training plan in the world can make a difference. 

Pricing

25

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Simple, transparent pricing. See current currency conversion here.

  • Completely individualised training planning based on detailed information form
  • Commit to and pay for only one block (typically 8 weeks) at a time.
  • Top-quality coaches that know the art and the science of coaching, and are always learning and working to improve

Why Choose Us?

  • The coaches at Scientific Triathlon are hand-picked very carefully to ensure that we can live up to our goal - to provide world class coaching for any athlete, from beginner to professional.
  • Great knowledge of physiology, exercise science, and the scientific underpinnings of endurance training and racing. 
  • Great knowledge and practical application of the art of coaching and training, which is equally important.
  • Pragmatism, no dogma, no hype. We adapt our coaching to the real world scenarios our athletes live in. We don't get too attached to any given training methodology - we only get attached to getting YOU the results you want. And we don't engage in extremisim, black-and-white-thinking, or hype.
  • Continual self-improvement, individually and as a team. All of our coaches spend a lot of time, energy and money on learning, education, and improving their coaching. In addition, as a team we get together and learn from and with each other with the same end goal, and chat about training on prtty much a daily basis for the benefits of everybody's continued development. 

Coaches

Mikael Eriksson
Mikael Eriksson Triathlon Coach

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Mikael is the Founder and Head Coach of Scientific Triathlon, which he started as a blog in 2015. He started out as a runner, and running was also his first focus once he got into coaching. But as his Mikael shifted his own athletic focus to triathlon, his coaching focus soon followed suit. 

As an engineer, Mikael always had a great interest for science and understanding the mechanisms behind endurance performance. If we understand performance at a physiological and biomechanical level, training to improve performance becomes much easier. 

However, Mikael strongly believes that the science of training or coaching is only one input to coaching decision-making. The other inputs include the athlete’s feedback and experience, as well as the coach’s anecdotal knowledge and experience.

Mikael enjoys the challenge of finding the balance of getting the biggest possible return-on-investment on training time. This requires carefully considering multiple inputs including the athlete's feedback, objectively measured training response and performance, factors external to training like work and family, and using these inputs to always try to improve training planning. Never believing you have the best answer is the key to keep improving.

More than anything, Mikael emphasises the importance of coach-athlete communication. Without great communication, a coaching relationship can never be fully successful. Triathlon is about so much more than just numbers in a training log. It's also about psychology, confidence, and even productivity and time management. And it is only through ongoing, open and honest conversations between the coach and the athlete that an athlete can reach their peak performance.

Mikael is at full capacity with age-group athletes, and is currently only taking on professionals or aspiring professionals as new athletes. 

  • Nationality: Finland
  • Languages: Swedish (native), English (fluent), Finnish (fluent), Portuguese (basic, but improving), French (basic, and deteriorating)
  • Education: Master’s degree (M.Sc., Hons) in engineering (medical physics and technology), Helsinki University of Technology / Aalto University
  • Coaching Certification: Finntriathlon Level II, ITCA (International Triathlon Coaching Association)
  • Coaching Experience: Started coaching in 2014. Full-time coach since 2017.
  • Athletic Accomplishments:
    -1st place, Portuguese Olympic Distance National Championships 2020, 30-35 age-group (2nd overall age-grouper)
    -1st place 25-29 age-group IRONMAN 70.3 Cascais 2018
    -2nd place 25-29 age-group Challenge Lisbon 2019
    -IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship qualifier 2019 and 2020
    -8th place in Finnish Olympic Distance National Championships 2018.
    -1st overall age-grouper Powerman Portugal 2020 (10-60-10 duathlon)
    -1st place Finnish Swimrun National Championships 2017 (with team-mate Simon Brierley)

Testimonials

Personalized training adjusted to my routine, goals, and points for improvement

Mikael provides personalized training adjusted to my routine, goals, and most important points for improvement. Being coached by Mikael has been great. I've learned things like the importance of different types of training stimuli, I learned to do the easy training easy enough, and I also learned to consider the psychological aspects when racing.

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Luciana Haddad 41, São Paulo, Brazil

Coaching has helped me a lot as an athlete and as a person

I was someone that always wanted to go hard all the time, but after I started training with Mikael, we introduced the concepts of consistency and going easy and hard in the right moments. This has helped me a lot as an athlete and also as a person. Coaching has kept me motivated, and the fact that I continue training today even under very difficult situations like moving countries, starting my own business, and the birth of my son is because I had Mikael with me during this journey, always caring and helping me to adapt to these situations with flexibility, empathy, and understanding.

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Bruno Gaeta 31, Lorena, Brazil

Methodical and purposeful training

I needed a coach to rein me in when I did too much and risked injury, and Mikael has provided that for me. The approach has been very methodical and purposeful, with good explanations of why things are a certain way. In our ongoing communication, Mikael is always responsive and attentive.

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Sam Barley 29, Ruscombe, UK

Evidence-based and thoughtful coaching with objective and actionable feedback

What I've gained over the last two years being coached by Mikael has been daily evidence-based and thoughtful coaching, balancing performance aspirations, with the inevitable flexibility needed based on a life outside of sport. Equally important has been honest and respectful back-and-forth communication. This includes daily objective and actionable feedback to my training execution. I get detailed explanations on the "why" behind specific sessions. There is an abundance of open discussion. As an athlete I feel like I own the planning process by participating in it throughout the season.

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Jade Samulski 49, Truckee, CA, US

Objectivity, knowledge, and long-term planning

The greatest benefits of being coached by Mikael have been the objectivity, knowledge, and long-term big picture view of planning and programming. Also, Mikael listens to and integrates feedback and thoughts of the athlete into the training. I've had many coaches and know even more. You go above and beyond all of them. Keep it up!

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Matthias Weitz 30, Zürich, Switzerland

Training adjusted to life, great communication, and better results!

Mikael takes time to get to know not just my athletic goals but how those are seated among my professional and family roles. He helps me realistically adjust training when necessary, so I can relax and enjoy the training rather than spending my own time to create my own plan... and I’m getting better results! I appreciate every bit of positive feedback and teaching about how to do the workout better next time. Mikael’s prompt and clear communication is one of his greatest assets.

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Shelley Schoepflin Sanders 44, Portland, OR, US

Breaking barriers previously thought of as unbreakable

Being coached by Mikael has been highly effective and beneficial, and has allowed me to break barriers previously thought of as unbreakable. The program has detailed and clear instructions, always paired with an explanation of the clear purpose, and the communication is fast, precise, honest and open.

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Christian Dembowski 48, Frankfurt, Germany

I can trust the process and the program

Having someone with a lot of knowledge helping me towards my goals like Mikael makes me feel confident that I can trust the process and the program. This reduces a lot of stress I would otherwise have, planning the workouts myself. I also appreciate the very good communication.

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Karoline Nikolaisen 31, Oslo, Norway
James Teagle

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James is a qualified British Triathlon Level 2 Coach and has been coaching for Scientific Triathlon since early 2018.

James is an elite level triathlete racing on the ITU international Circuit. As such, he has competed among the world’s best at various Elite European and World Championships as a Junior, U23 and Senior. James has had the privilege train alongside some of the world's best athletes including the 2014 Commonwealth Champion, Olympians, IRONMAN Champions and ITU World Series medallists as part of his squad based in Loughborough.

In addition, he has been coached and mentored by some of the world’s best coaches. This has given him a unique insight into what it takes to become the best and experience of the best coaching practices, which gives him a great edge as the coach of performance-driven athletes.

James also excels at coaching athletes at the very beginner level. He has helped athletes that are just starting out in the sport progress rapidly and go from the couch to complete their first races in a short amount of time.

His pragmatic approach and excellent communication and athlete-centred coaching ensure that all of his athletes are in excellent hands.

Working at the East Midlands Regional Academy (part of the British Triathlon development pathway for talented junior and youth athletes) as well as leading and assisting with sessions at the Charnwood Triathlon Club, and Loughborough Students Triathlon Club, are experiences that have helped shape James as a coach and give him valuable in-person coaching experience.

  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Languages: English (native)
  • Education: Bachelor degree (B.Sc., Hons) in applied sports science and management, Loughborough University
  • Coaching Certification: British Triathlon Federation Level II, Swimming Teacher Level I, Leadership in Sport Qualification, Apprenticeship in sporting excellence.
    Coaching Experience: Started coaching in 2013. Joined Scientific Triathlon early 2018
  • Athletic Accomplishments:
    -Elite level athlete, racing competitively at a world-class level on the draft-legal circuit (International Triathlon Union sanctioned races, like European Cup and World Cup races)
    -2nd British Sprint Distance Championships 2018
    -3rd British Sprint Duathlon Championships 2018
    -1st European U23 Mixed Team Relay Championships 2017
    -21st European Olympic Distance Championships 2017

Testimonials

There are no limits or barriers now that training is based on my abilities and science

James is a great coach. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of the sport. Being a top athlete himself he knows all the tricks of the trade and helps filter out what only works on Facebook and what actually works. And he has a great personality, is genuinely interested in his work and makes you feel like an old friend. It feels like there are no limits or barriers now that training is no longer shooting in the dark, but based on my abilities and science.

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Kris Warszawski 61, Northville, MI, US

I feel really fortunate to have a great coach behind me

Three years ago I had never swum laps in a pool (since school days), never owned a bike (again since school), and was only running occasionally. And less than 1.5 years ago I was so fatigued I was napping during the day and could barely manage a slow 5 km run without my heart rate hitting 180 bpm. To think that now since being coached by James I'm feeling great, managing up to 14 hours of training a week, and am soon to attempt a 70.3 is just mindblowing. I feel really fortunate to have a great coach behind me. James' attention to detail in the day-to-day data, as well as his view of longer-term picture has been hugely beneficial to me, and I also really value the consistent communication and support, no matter the time of year or what's going on.

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Steph Australia

I have had the best year of training in my life!

Since I hired James as a coach I have had the best year of training in my life. I am now able to have bigger aspirations in the sport thanks to him. I couldn't have asked for more. Before getting James as a coach my fitness had plateaued since I was unable to train consistently. James taught me how to properly structure my training and approach it with "minimum effort for maximum adaptation". As a result, I have improved as an athlete and am enjoying triathlon more than ever.

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Mateo Reddy 20, Geneva, Switzerland

Systematic fitness improvement and more confidence in the process

Being coached by James has helped me improve systematically, spend less time planning and worrying about training, and have more confidence in my training. I used to spend a lot of time preparing and worrying about my next training block, but now that I have James I just think about the execution of training. James can explain every step of the training and adapt it on a weekly basis, which leads to great confidence in the process and fitness improvements.

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Filipe Lino 35, Amsterdam, Netherlands

My training now has the structure I need to progress

Being coached by James is brilliant! He is a very good bloke who I wholeheartedly trust with my training to achieve my goals. With his help my training now has the structure I need to progress, I've learnt that less is more. I used to do a lot of junk miles and was not anywhere near as consistent as I am now.

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Mark Bellshaw 29, Inverness, Scotland, UK
Lachlan Kerin

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Lachie is a Triathlon Australia qualified coach and has been coaching endurance sports throughout the last five years in both the personalised programming sphere as well as the group session environment.

Lachie has been racing as a professional long-course triathlete for the last six years, providing a unique opportunity to train with and race against some of the worlds best athletes across the globe. He has had multiple podiums and top 5’s throughout major events and holds bike course records at Geelong 70.3, Taupo 70.3 and Shanghai 70.3. With over 50 professional half-ironman races as well as a vast racing resume from draft-legal sprint distance to full Ironman, Lachie brings with him a large bank of experience from which to draw upon.

The coaching philosophies that Lachie brings have been shaped through working with some of the best coaches in the world who have allowed him to experience a range of coaching ideas. Lachie, first and foremost, believes that the foundation of any successful coach-athlete relationship is communication and creating an adaptable program that accounts for all the other stressors that an athlete may experience on a daily basis. Furthermore, he believes that coaching is about utilising available data in order to identify trends, measure performance and create goals but also understands that the ‘human’ element of the athlete must always be accounted for in order to ensure the program is a reflection of what is truly best for the athlete.

Lachie is passionate about coaching athletes from all backgrounds and skill levels having worked with juniors, beginners and performance driven athletes. Through his work in the squad setting, Lachie has been able to develop a diverse coaching skillset that allows him to be confident in working with athletes of all ages and skill levels. Having experienced the requirements of professional long-course racing, Lachie is also passionate about working with athletes who may be aiming to qualify for world championship events, compete at the front of their age-group or are aiming to turn professional.

Lachie also has a Bachelor of Commerce and is currently completing his Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.

  • Nationality: Australian
  • Languages: English (native)
  • Education: Bachelor Degree Commerce (Deakin University), currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (University of New England) via correspondance
  • Coaching Certification: Triathlon Australia Certified Coach
  • Coaching Experience: Personalised coaching with a range of athletes over the last 5 years. Coached swimming at Powerpoints Masters squad and I4 Triathlon, coached cycling at Caulfield Grammar School, coached cycling at SpinLabs (Watt Bike sessions).
  • Athletic Accomplishments:
    -Professional triathlete since 2013
    -Bike course records – Geelong 70.3, Taupo 70.3, Shanghai 70.3
    -3rd place – Challenge Shepparton 2016
    -4th – Huskisson Long Course 2017
    -4th – Challenge Shepparton 2018
    -5th place – Challenge Asia Pacific-Champs 2017
    -6th Place – Ironman Busselton 2018
    -6th place – Geelong 70.3 2018

Testimonials

Ready for an Ironman

Lachie is an excellent coach for me! I signed up to get ready for an Ironman, and the plan with great planning of workouts, effort levels, and periodization has got my fitness to a level where I feel that I am ready.

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Jeffrey Peebles 56, Southlake, TX, US

Invaluable advice, feedback, and improvement in all three disciplines!

Lachie has helped me improve in all sports, and I can see and understand the rationale of the plan. I had a coach before, but I find Lachie more experienced and his advice is invaluable. I'm always getting feedback on workouts and the fact that Lachie is a professional triathlete himself also generates some invaluable tips.

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Douglas Rocha 39, Summit, NJ, US

More focused, individualized training and better communication!

With coach Lachie I'm getting a training plan that is more focused around my individual circumstances and better communication (quick responses and independent follow-up) than with my previous coach, which is exactly what I was looking for from this coaching relationship.

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Darren Brown 46, Malaysia

Knowledge, purpose, and feedback

Coach Lachie is great! The greatest benefits are his knowledge and his ability to explain my training (i.e. the reason/purpose behind workouts), and I also like that fact that he knows what the workouts he gives me are supposed to "feel" like. Also, the feedback that Lachie gives me about most of my workouts in Training Peaks and our coaching calls have been invaluable to me as an athlete.

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Kim Smith 51, Montgomery, TX, US

Consistency and accountability

I'm really enjoying the process of training and being coached with Lachie. The consistency and accountability it has brought to my training have helped me a lot as an athlete, and not having to think about exactly what I need to do in training is highly beneficial.

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Steven Davies 61, Sydney, Australia

Exceeded my expectations!

Being coached by Lachie has exceeded my expectations! The plan is very personalised and high touch, and I have much more variety in training than before. Also, now I no longer have to spend hours researching training methods and session ideas, Lachie does it all for me and tailors the workout guidance and power and heart rate targets to me specifically.

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Looking at and working towards the long term goals

Being coached by Lachie helped me to really look at the long term goal and working towards that, which reduces stress from one-off bad days and the temptation of doing too hard workouts. Lachie has done a great jog in adapting the program, volume and intensity to life circumstances like family and travel, and I've really benefited from the feedback on every workout and explanations about why we're doing a certain workout.

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Johan Falkenberg 42, Stockholm, Sweden

The best coach I've had so far in my triathlon career!

Lachie is the best coach I've had so far in my triathlon career. I'm very happy with his communication, his explanations around why we are doing particular sessions and what they do in terms of the program, and also his professionalism. I have confidence in the work I'm doing and just have to do go through the process of doing the work. I don't have to stress about thinking about or planning my training anymore. It feels like there no limits or barriers

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Craig Millman 45, Brisbane, Australia

Knowledge, communication, responsiveness and flexibility

I came at this coaching relationship with a strong desire to improve my knowledge and understanding of the sport, physiology, key performance metrics, use of equipment such as power meters, and Lachie's approach and guidance and support with respect to these is very solid, which has resulted in great improvement in my own knowledge and confidence. Lachie is also very responsive and communicative and he is happy to amend schedules at short notice, which is appreciated and pretty important when life regularly gets in the way of training.

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Paul Flynn 38, Tokyo, Japan

Big investment but worth it!

Coaching is a big investment, but it's worth it. I love the program I get from Lachie, it is very flexible and it has helped me avoid overtraining and injury. You guys are awesome, glad to be working with you!

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Baris Goc 41, Brooklyn, NY, US
David Dhooge

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David is a driven Belgian coach and triathlete living in the south of France. With over 12 years of experience he coaches athletes of all levels to achieve their goals. As well as being on our coaching team, David is also the Customer Support Manager of Scientific Triathlon.

David has plenty of personal experience in short and long distance triathlon, and has qualified for and participated in both the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. Being coached by a multiple Ironman World Championship winner Luc van Lierde for several years has given David great insights in triathlon performance and development and greatly improved his coaching skills.

Communication is key for David. This allows him to understand the athlete's individual needs and to adjust the training plans accordingly to achieve and exceed their goals.

  • Nationality: Belgium (currently living in France)
  • Languages: Dutch (native), English (fluent), French (fluent), German (basic)
  • Education: Master’s degree in Criminology (Ghent University)
  • Coaching Certification: Brevet Fédéral Triathlon 5 (FFTRI – Fédération Française Triathlon)
  • Coaching Experience: Started coaching in 2014. Full-time coach since 2015.
  • Athletic Accomplishments:
    -262th place (next time a lot better...): IRONMAN World Championship Kona, Hawaii 2019
    -15th overall, 3rd AG 35-39: National French Championships Half Distance 2019
    -1st place: Olympic Distance Revel, France
    -12th overall, 3rd AG 35-39: Ironman Malaysia 2018 (Qualification for IRONMAN World Championships)
    -5th overall and best marathon, 3rd AG 35-39: Extreme triathlon Altriman Pyrenees, full distance (5000+ meters elevation gain bike, 800+ meters elevation gain run)
    -9th overall, 2nd AG 35-39: Frenchman full distance
    -Ironman 70.3 World Championships Zell am See, Austria 2015

Testimonials

Extremely positive coaching experience with continued progress in all three disciplines!

Working with David has been an extremely positive coaching experience for me and helped me make continued progress in all three disciplines throughout the season. David is really great about talking about the plan for the next block of training along with the "why" and how it relates to the overall structure/goal for the season. He uses his knowledge, data and science, and the athlete's feedback to create a plan that works on the areas that will be most impactful for a particular athlete to improve. He's also always available if I have any questions.

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Dan Melcher 39, Mounds, OK, US

Running faster, avoiding injuries and staying motivated!

My coaching relationship with David is my second experience with remote coaching. I was hesitant to sign up at the beginning, since my previous experience was called "individual coaching" but it was a weekly training program coming from a workout database. However, being coached by David turned out to be a completely different experience. I really feel David knows who I am as a runner, and the ongoing communication with him is fantastic! He is really following my training every day and takes my individual weaknesses into consideration to run faster, avoid injuries and keep me motivated to train.

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Hernan Melgares 42, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is there a minimum commitment time?

No. You pay for one block at a time (e.g. 8 x 25€ = 200€ for an 8-week block). You are not billed automatically. Rather, you need to confirm with your coach that you want to sign up for another block, and will then be sent a new invoice. 

Am I billed automatically on a recurring basis?

No. Once a training block is coming to an end, you need to confirm with your coach that you want to sign up for another block, and will then be sent a new invoice.

How does payment work?

There are two options for how to manage payments:

1) Pay by credit card. This is the convenient option, as you can decide to set up an automatic, monthly payment. There is a small (1.5-3.0%) additional processing fee with this option.

2) Pay by bank transfer. If you are in Europe, this can be done as a simple IBAN to IBAN transfer. Outside of Europe, you can use a service like Transferwise. This is the cheapest option (generally no additional fees in Europe, and a very minimal fee using Transferwise). 

Can I pay in a different currency?

The fee is fixed to euros, but regardless of what currency you are using, the current exchange rate will be used when your credit card is charged or you handle the payment on Transferwise.

For whom do you recommend getting a local coach or club instead of signing up for a customised plan?

If you are completely new to the technical aspects of e.g. swimming or cycling, then you are better off training with a local coach or club that can help you by providing in-person technique tips.


If you are motivated primarily by the social aspect of the sport or pure enjoyment of being active rather than achieving specific goals or looking to improve improve performance, then joining a local club is probably the best option for you.

What equipment do I need?

This is something we can discuss on a case-by-case basis, but generally speaking:

-A place to swim and some basic swim gear (your coach can make recommendations for swim tools needed)
-A bike, helmet, and bike shoes. 
-Running shoes
-A GPS-watch and heart rate monitor are highly recommended, although it is possible (but not ideal) to do your training based on perceived effort only.

I am a beginner triathlete - will I benefit from a customised plan?

First, see the question above on when it might make sense to join a local club/coach. 


Second, note that for beginners in particular, it would be the most beneficial to go for coaching. As a beginner, you have so much more to learn and gain from the continuous interactions with your coach that you would miss out on if you were to go for a customised plan. The workouts and the plan is just one aspect of how you could improve as an athlete. 


But, if your budget prevents you from signing up for coaching, then getting a customised plan would be an excellent option, and yes, you will benefit a lot. 

I want to qualify for/win Kona (or insert major event of your choice here) - is a customised plan a good option? 

Just as for the beginner athlete, you would benefit the most from individual coaching. The continuous monitoring, communication, and having somebody to hold you accountable are invaluable aspects of coaching that you would not get on a customised plan.


But, if budget prevents you from going for coaching and a customised plan is your best option, the answer to this questions is: potentially, depending on your talent level. 


If we were to coach you, we can with time get you close to your potential. With a customised plan missing some of the very important elements of coaching (continuous monitoring and communication, and so on), we can help you improve a lot, but not quite to the same extent as with coaching. 


So, if your talent level is good enough, then yes, you can achieve high-performance goals like the above on a customised plan, even though you're not going to quite reach your potential the way you could with coaching. If your talent level is such that you really need to reach your full potential to have a shot of qualifying (or winning), then coaching is probably your only option of achieving that. 

My life schedule is very unpredictable - does this make me an unsuitable candidate for a customised plan?

No, it doesn't, but you need to be aware that you are the one responsible for making adjustments to your program when life happens. 


In a coaching relationship you could ask your coach and they could help you decide what to do. On a customised plan, that responsibility is on you. 


Note that the more information you provide in the onboarding questionnaire in response to certain questions (e.g. "Wednesdays often get very busy and I tend to miss sessions then") the better the coach can design the plan in the first place to minimise the impact that things coming up will have on it. 

I am a woman - are you experienced with coaching women? 

Yes, we are. In our onboarding, we make sure we cover how any female-specific issues might or might not affect your training. We are also constantly following the developments in academia on differences, where they exist, between men and women when it comes to training, nutrition, recovery and so on. 


It is important to note however, that regardless of gender, age and so on, we focus on coaching the individual. We don't believe in applying template models on any given demographic, because the variance within the demographic of females is just as great or greater than the average difference between men and women at a population-level. 


So rest assured that we will give you the best coaching for you - not for the average person of your age and gender.

I am an older athlete - are you experienced with coaching this demographic?

Yes, we are. In fact, the 50-60 age-bracket is one of our biggest, and we even have athletes in the 60-70 bracket. We do of course adapt our coaching to account for age (when it makes sense to do so), and we are constantly following the developments in academia on differences, where they exist, between older and younger athletes when it comes to training, nutrition, recovery and so on. 


It is important to note however, that regardless of gender, age and so on, we focus on coaching the individual. We don't believe in applying template models on any given demographic, because the variance within any given age-bracket is just as great or greater than the average difference between different age-brackets at a population-level. 


So rest assured that we will give you the best coaching for you - not for the average person of your age and gender.

I am not very fit at the moment, or I am recovering from an injury at the moment. Should I wait to start with a customised plan?

First, as somebody coming back from an injury, it would be highly beneficial for you to go for coaching, where your coach would be able to get daily updates on how you feel and how the rehabilitation is progressing, and make adjustments as needed. 


But, if you're budget prevents you from signing up for coaching, you could still benefit from getting on a customised plan sooner rather than later. If you can do two of the sports (e.g. swimming and cycling), even if not at full intensity yet, our recommendation is that you can start right away, there is no reason to wait. 


Your plan will be designed with the objective of getting you back to full fitness more quickly, with a reduced risk of injury setbacks, and making the most of your training in the disciplines that you can train fully. 


With regard to simply poor fitness at the moment (as opposed to recovering from injury), the best cure for that poor fitness is to get a good training plan as soon as possible, so please just get on board! 


If you are recovering from a serious injury or illness, and your current training options are very limited (e.g. you can only swim at the moment) then it might make sense to wait a little bit until you can do slightly more (e.g. swim and bike) to get more out of the customised plan. 

I have a race in the near future - should I wait to start with a customised plan? 

If you are a very experienced and knowledgeable athlete, then yes, it might be best to start on a customised plan only after your race.


If you are less experienced, however, the better option would be to start right away. We have started working with athletes as late as 2-3 weeks out from an IRONMAN, and the athletes have ended up very happy we started before, not after the race. 


To be clear, we are not going to be able to do any magic to your fitness in a short time before your race. But we can design a plan that will keep you from doing too much (or in some cases not enough) in the last few weeks before the race, both in terms of volume and intensity, to make sure you are both fit and fresh on the startline. 


And it is incredible how many athletes stand on the startline not being fresh (in particular), thus having suboptimal performances. You can avoid this common mistake by starting sooner rather than later.

What happens when I sign up for a customised plan?

You will fill out an in-depth questionnaire with information about you, your sporting background, goals, life outside of training and training constraints, and so on. 


An invoice will be sent to you that you should pay to officially be signed up. 


You will be added to your coach's Training Peaks account (you will be prompted to create an account if you don't have one) where your training plan will reside. 


Your coach will then get to work and create the plan for your training block. Once it's done, they will let you know so you can have a look and ask for clarifications or adjustments if needed. Your coach will answer your questions and take care of the adjustments. 


You are then on your own when it comes to training. With 1-2 weeks left of the block at latest,you should confirm with your coach if you want to proceed with another block. If you do, you will be sent another invoice, the coach will ask for any feedback or information they may need for training planning purposes, and the process starts over again (except you don't need to fill out the questionnaire again in most cases). 

What training software/platform do you use?

We use Training Peaks, a software and mobile app where your coach will plan your training in an intuitive calendar. You can use a free account, or upgrade (not required) to a Premium account for additional functionality  for a cost of (at the moment of writing) $9.92 per month (paid annually). 

Scientific Triathlon Coaching - Training Peaks Plan

Can I keep going to my swim squad/group rides?

Generally speaking, yes you can. There is a question in the in-depth questionnaire where you should mention if you have group workouts like this that you'd like to participate in. 


In some cases the coach may need to tell you that participating in a certain group workout is counterproductive for your goals and you will have to decide if participating is worth the tradeoff. 


But generally, there is a lot of flexibility to make room for group workouts, and in many cases we as coaches are very glad to see our athletes participate in them as they can have many great benefits. 

Can I get help with things like technique (e.g. swim technique) in a customised plan setting?

To some extent, yes. If you during the planning/onboarding phase send videos of yourself swimming, biking or running (swimming in particular) to your coach, they can use the video to inform how they prescrive workouts (e.g. "focus on your catch here") and drills ("10 x 25 m/yds sculling"). 

Can I get help with things like lab testing in a customised plan setting?

In a sense, yes. While you would have to go to a lab somewhere where you live (or can travel to), your coach can help you by recommending if it makes sense for you to do lab testing in the first place, by planning it into your schedule, and importantly, by making the results of testing actionable and using them to inform training decisions going forward. 


Note that this implementation of test results would only happen from the start of your next block of training. 


Not all athletes need to do lab testing. It is up to you as a athlete at the end of the day. Field testing is of course a decent option for most athletes, and when it comes to the bike Scientific Triathlon athletes can, if desired, benefit from doing the home-based INSCYD-testing (at an additional cost) that gives you lab-grade information using a field testing protocol.

What happens when something comes up and I can't do the planned training?

This is a situation where in a customised plan setting you have to take the decision for what you do and how to adjust things yourself (unlike in a coching setting where your coach is available to help).  


Ready-Made Training Plans vs. Customised Plans vs. Coaching

Structured plan of specific duration (e.g. 16 weeks) leading up to specific goal (e.g. 70.3)

Completely individualised training plan (or series of training blocks, minimum duration 8 weeks) created by one of our expert coaches for your specific goal or goals

Completely individualised, ongoing coaching. Way more than just a training plan, this includes ongoing communication, monitoring, adjustments, all to maximise your performance.

Available as PDF-file and as Training Peaks plan

Plan delivered in Training Peaks (you can use a Free or Premium account)

Plan delivered in Training Peaks (you can use a Free or Premium account)

Different goal events or training objectives (Sprint, Olympic, Half, and Full distance, Strength Training)

Based on an in-depth questionnaire that asks about your goals, current training and training history, injury history, time constraints, current ability, and so on. 

The onboarding phase includes completing an in-depth questionnaire, communicating with your coach on phone/video calls and email/text-based messaging, and day-to-day interaction and adjustments around your workouts. 

Different experience levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Can be used on a block-by-block basis: e.g. if you have 32 weeks to your goal race, get a customised plan consisting of 4 x 8-week blocks. You only commit to one block at a time. 

No minimum commitment time (but a 14-day notice period for cancellation of the service)

Customer support available (support does not include customisation, coaching, or consultation-like services): (support@scientifictriathlon.com

The coach providing the plan answers questions if something about it is unclear, and can make adjustments when it's still in "draft-mode". After you have accepted and received the plan, no further adjustments or changes are included. 

Unlimited communication. Any questions, comments or suggestions, just email/text your coach. Communication also occurs around specific workouts, in Training Peaks post-workout comments. You will also have regular (typically biweekly) coaching calls.

Ongoing training monitoring, adjustments, and communication with coach are NOT included. 

Ongoing training monitoring, adjustments, and communication with coach are NOT included. 

Your coach monitors your training on a daily basis and makes adjustments as needed (whether identified by the coach themselves or as requested by you). 

Cost: varies depending on plan and format. From 29 to 69 €, around 3-4 € per week.

Cost: 25 € per week

Cost: 250 € per month

Other Services

We also offer the following services that may be of interest to you. 

Consultations

  • Video calls, discussing whatever topics you bring to the agenda
  • You get a recording of the consultation so that you can refer back to it if needed 
  • Cost: 70 €/h

INSCYD Testing

  • Metabolic profiling test on the bike without going to a lab - all you need is a power meter. 
  • Get a 360-view of your physiology, your strengths and weaknesses, and what aand how you need to train. 
  • Cost: from 150€ (tiers and bundles available)

Contact Us to Discuss Customised Plans

If you are interested in customised plans or want to learn more, please send us a message and let's discuss!

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