Team Members and Roles

  • Founder, Coaching coordinator: Mikael Eriksson
  • Coaches: Mikael Eriksson, James Teagle, Lachlan Kerin, David Dhooge
  • Customer Support Manager: David Dhooge

    *This role entails taking care of questions from customers of ready-made training plans.
  • Podcast Shownotes Editor: Rasmus Svenningson
  • Podcast Audio Editor: Cary Jacobs
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 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
    -1st place Finnish Swimrun National Championships 2017 (with team-mate Simon Brierley)
James Teagle
James Teagle - Scientific Triathlon Coach

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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
Lachlan Kerin
Lachlan Kerin Scientific Triathlon coach

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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
David Dhooge
David Dhooge Scientific Triathlon Coach

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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

Join the team

If you have something to offer and want to join the team, please reach out and let's discuss. In particular, we are always open to accepting exceptional coaches on board. Please note that we have a very high bar for what is required to join the team, so apply only if you really think you can bring exceptional skills to the table. 

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