Tobias Haumann

Introduction

Tobias Haumann - Scientific Triathlon coach

Tobias Haumann

TRIATHLON & ENDURANCE PERFORMANCE COACH

Tobi is actively coaching triathlon since early 2010. In parallel to being a Scientific Triathlon coach, Tobi is still working as a consultant in the automotive industry with a focus on design-driven products and innovation working in the industry for 15 years.

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Tobi is a triathlon coach since 2010 and is racing all kinds of endurance events since more than 15 years. In triathlon he raced short-course draft-legal and non-drafting up to the first German Division. After that he shifted his focus to middle- and long-distance racing. In the last few years he has been more focused on running races (road and ultra), but is planning a return to triathlon again in competitive M40 age-group.

As an athlete, although Tobi has mainly been self-coached, he has also had the chance to learn a lot from Manuel Wyss (professional short-course triathlete) and Faris Al-Sultan (Ironman World Champion, coach of Patrick Lange for his Ironman World Championship titles), who were his training partners and gave lots of advice. His formal education in the German Triathlon Federation and the constant exchange with high-performance coaches gave him a good insight into the world of high-performance and coaching in general.

Communication and building a relationship of trust is the fundamental starting point for Tobi. He wants to help athletes reach their sporting potential within their personal limitations. He always works on finding the training that is the right fit for the athlete's individual physiology, that allows them to maximise their gains. 

  • Nationality: German
  • Languages: German (native), English (fluent)
  • Education: M.A. in Sociology, Political Science and International Law + Economics (ILS)
  • Coaching Certification: Trainer Triathlon Leistungssport (DTU)
  • Coaching Experience: Started coaching in 2010.
  • Athletic Accomplishments:
    -Triathlon Bundesliga (1st and 2nd division) for multiple years
    -Multiple podium finishes at Olympic Distance races in Germany
    -Multiple Ironman finishes (8x) and 70.3 (20+)
    -Bavarian Master Champion Half Marathon 2022, 10 km 2023
    -2nd Panorama Marathon Allgäu 2021 (Mountain Marathon)
    -3rd Marathon Ulm 2019

    -Top-20 German Marathon Championships 2022
    -12th overall UTMB Mozart 100 2023 – Ultra Distance

Tobias' coaching in 3-5 words

Be brilliant in the basics

Learn more about our coaching services (including pricing) here, or contact us to book a no-obligation discovery call here.  

Get To Know Tobias

Where are you from and where do you live?

I am from Germany, living in the South of Bavaria near the Alps in Rosenheim.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I get up at 4am, start feeding and moving our animals (my wife is a vet, so we have a little zoo). While having breakfast I check messages, emails and updates from my athletes and make adjustments to their plan if needed. Then it is time for some training (usually my key session for the day) and I start my workday at 8am. Depending on my schedule I try to fit in a second workout at noon or in the evening.

What's your favourite workout?

Kenyan Fartlek: 25 x 1/1 (one minute on, one minute off), and long uphill biking and running.

What's your least favourite or most dreaded workout?

6x1k VO2max on the track… I really have nightmares from this session. And also 5 km swim time trial. 

What (if anything) do you listen to when training?

Podcasts (not only sport) and music. Punk, all sorts of metal, classic rock.

What's your favourite book, blog or resource related to triathlon or endurance sport?

The Lore of Running – Tim Noakes 

The Science of Winning – Jan Olbrecht

In Pursuit of Excellence – Terry Orlick

What's your favourite food and beverage?

Pizza. Guilty pleasure drinks: beer (not really alcohol in Bavaria) and red wine.

What do you like to do when you're not coaching or training yourself?

Spending time with my wife and our six dogs in nature.

If you could have dinner with any three people dead or alive, who would it be?

Nelson Mandela, Chris McCormack, James Hetfield

What's your educational background? 

I have a Master of Arts in Sociology, Political Science and International Law as well as a degree in Economics. I worked and am still active in the automotive industry in different management roles for the last 15 years within the fields of design-driven products and innovation. Form a sporting perspective, I have an education in High-Performance Coaching in Triathlon from the German Triathlon Federation.

What's your sporting background? Do you still race actively? 

I have been active all my life in everything from biking, running, cross-country skiing, swimming, you name it. I switched to triathlon when I was intrigued by the idea of going to Kona and became quite good at it.

I am still racing but am currently focusing more on distance running (road, trail and ultra), but I am already planning my “comeback” to long-distance triathlon.

Who are your coaching role models or coaches you've learnt a lot from? 

I have no specific role models, I tend to talk to a lot of different people and try to learn something from everyone. Wisdom is everywhere, you just have to listen closely. This is not necessarily just in sport, but you also learn a lot from people who are excellent in their specific endeavour.

Nevertheless I have one coaching mantra, from Arthur Lydiard: “Champions are everywhere, you just have to train them properly”

What types of athletes do you coach? 

I coach everything from age-group athletes of all different levels to pro athletes. I feel every type of athlete has its own challenges which makes coaching across all these levels interesting.

What do you expect from athletes you coach?  

Openness and willingness to communicate is the baseline for a good relationship with mutual trust. Honest feedback, especially when it is negative is important to make the most out of the coach-athlete relationship. I expect my athletes to become responsible athletes, knowing when to push and also when it is time to back off.

What should athletes expect of you? 

They should expect someone on their side, that supports them on their personal sporting journey with ideas, honest feedback and if necessary also someone who is pushing them outside their comfort zone to achieve their personal best.

What are your special interests or areas of expertise within coaching, training, physiology and sports science?

I am extremely interested in the connection between training and the social/psychological side of things. Also, I am very interested in interpreting old coaching and training history of athletes in the context of modern physiological knowledge. Finally, I am very much into the “Art of coaching”.

Describe your coaching in three to five words

Be brilliant in the basics.

Schedule A Free Discovery Call

Interested in hiring Tobi as your coach? 

Contact us here, or email mikael@scientifictriathlon.com and tobi@scientifictriathlon.com to set up a free, no-obligation discovery call with Tobi to see if working with him seems like a good fit. 

Tobias Haumann - Scientific Triathlon coach

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