TriBC Certified Community Coach
Jeff‘s initial interest in competition began with distance running. He trained and competed in his first 10km race in Vancouver at the age of 6. He eventually went on to compete in his first sprint distance triathlon event in Coquitlam’s Mundy Park at age 10.
He has an extensive swimming background, having grown up in the Burnaby Barracudas swim club. After a number of years training and competing with the club, Jeff was hired on as a lifeguard, swim instructor and eventually aquatic leader for the City of Burnaby. Jeff continued working for Burnaby for 10 years while at school.
The passion for triathlon competition re-emerged in his twenties when he participated in over 30 races of various distances. Jeff started coaching with ESC in 2011 and has coached a variety of athletes of all ages towards their goal races including first time Ironman triathletes, ITU world age groupers, open water swimmers, Gran Fondo riders, and Marathon runners.
Jeff believes proper training will provide a healthy, injury free and safe environment for individuals to compete and achieve their goals. The coaching includes seasonal planning, race scheduling, detailed weekly workout plans, regular performance testing with analysis, technique discussions, bike maintenance sessions, and race nutrition planning. He provides custom training plans based on the athletes capabilities and finds it rewarding to watch them reach their goals.
I decided to enlist Jeff as a coach to train properly for Ironman Canada, 23 years after I had done the race in Penticton. Over the last three years I had raced sprint and Olympic distance events, with mixed results but I didn’t think I would be able to accomplish the Ironman without a thorough plan. I knew Jeff from some of the club training sessions, and had always liked his manner, energy and friendliness. What I learned was how conscientious and invested in his athletes’ success he would prove to be as a coach.
We first met to discuss a coaching relationship in December and he explained his philosophy about coaching, his experiences as an athlete and a coach, his thoughts on training, racing and balance in your life. I knew that I liked to train hard but I needed to be smart about this goal or I risked injury. Jeff tapped into that right from the first block of training. He had a progressive plan in mind and it included analyzing data from my heart rate monitor, specific time in training zones and reviewing perceived effort and impact on my body. Throughout the course of training, I developed a very strong trust in Jeff. Neither of us would have predicted what would eventually happen on race day, but now in hindsight, I can honestly say that on that day, I was more prepared to race than I have ever been in my life, and I needed to be better than my best in order to finish.
Jeff provided weekly plans detailing workouts in all three disciplines as well as strength and flexibility workouts. There were weekly phone calls and face-to-face meetings to review, discuss and evaluate my responses to training. This gave me the chance to understand what I was doing and the opportunity for direct feedback about effort levels, technique correction, pacing and racing strategies. In my mind, he provided “the full meal deal” of coaching. He was incredibly supportive and encouraging and when niggling injuries began to affect my training mid-way through, he helped me to remain positive and motivated and focused on my goal.
Throughout all my years in sport I don’t think I have ever trained as hard, for as many hours week by week, and thoroughly enjoyed it as much as I did under Jeff’s coaching. What I started out thinking might be impossible, I came to believe would be entirely do-able due to Jeff’s guidance, support and encouragement. I started this process with one goal in mind, and I completed it hearing “you are an Ironman”. I would highly recommend Jeff as a coach.
I have been working with Jeff since January 2012. He is a fantastic coach who is very dedicated to his athletes. In addition to being flexible and accessible, he is always encouraging and is never bothered or discouraged if you hit a bump in the road.
I was hit by a car while out on a training ride in May 2012, just a few months before I was supposed to compete in Ironman Canada and the ITU world championships in Auckland. With my injuries and inability to train at the same intensity, I thought my season was over. Jeff came up with a plan for me that used alternate training, focusing on what I could do rather than what I could not. With this modified approach, he helped me not only finish Ironman but to achieve a new PR. I am now far more recovered and with Jeff’s help have had many more PRs. I am looking forward to a great and speedy season in 2014.
Jeff was instrumental in making my first half and full Ironman triathlons a positive and enjoyable experience. My sporting background was at the college level in team sports; however, I was a triathlon rookie when Jeff started coaching me. He understood my background and developed a training regimen that allowed me to make the transition into long distance racing. Jeff worked hard to develop a plan that fit my personal and professional commitments and still allowed me to meet my triathlon goals. Jeff’s enthusiasm for the sport is contagious. I very much enjoyed having Jeff as a coach and look forward to working with him in the future.
Working with Jeff this past year has been an amazing experience. Jeff started coaching me in February of 2011 to help prepare me for Ironman Canada. Before we began working together, Jeff and I sat down to establish my short–term and long–term race goals and go over training guide lines and expectations. Jeff’s attention to detail and impressive work ethic means the athletes he trains receive top quality, timely service and advice. From developing daily training sessions to crafting a nutrition plan, analyzing my swim/bike mechanics to answering questions, he’s got the bases covered. What really sets Jeff apart is his willingness to go the extra mile for his athletes. Jeff listens, takes what you say seriously and is always available to answer your questions, no matter how big or small. Whether it was the customized weekly training plan, the long-term schedule, or race-day strategy and nutrition, Jeff made sure I always knew where I was and where I needed to be.
Training for endurance events such as Ironman is as much mental as it is physical. Between missed training sessions and a couple bumps and bruises along the way, Jeff provided the constant motivation, guidance, and flexibility I needed to arrive at Ironman Canada with enthusiasm, drive, and 100% confidence in my ability. His easy–going, positive outlook really made training with him fun, and likewise, it kept me equally motivated and focused on my goals. Jeff’s support and patience have been instrumental in my ongoing growth as a triathlete, and gave me the confidence and knowledge to grow to new levels that I wouldn’t have thought possible prior to us working together. I truly enjoyed the whole process, learned a lot along the way, and crossing that finish line in Penticton was something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I couldn’t have done it without him!
Jeff successfully prepared me for my first iron distance triathlon. While I was already doing workouts on my own, I thought I was knowledgeable and fit enough to plan and execute this race on my own. Once I decided to bring Jeff on board, I quickly realized that what I was doing on my own was simply not enough.
Five points on Jeff’s coaching:
1) Having a structured workout plan and post workout feedback and analysis on key days of training solidified my endurance and fitness effectively.
2) His knowledge of nutrition allowed me to have enough energy to burn during long training rides and race day.
3) His knowledge of the Challenge Penticton race course, race day transitions, and bag protocol gave me no surprises during my race.
4) Pushing me to ride the bike course prior to race day was crucial my knowledge and experience.
5) Most importantly, his easygoing and positive attitude was extremely encouraging and confidence boosting.
On race day, I felt confident that I was prepared enough not only to perform the race but to enjoy it. It was more fun than I had envisioned the race to be because of the preparation that had been done. In going through the process of training for and racing an iron distance triathlon, I believe that no one should do an event like this on their own. The structure of Jeff’s training plan and his experience in making adjustments to that plan were invaluable to perform at my best. I don’t believe I would have been able to make it to the finish line without Jeff.