Nick Thomas is an experienced ultra-endurance athlete and multisports coach. He started triathlon in 1994, competed at Ironman for 10 years and raced at the Hawaii Ironman World Championship in 2002 and 2003. After achieving a BSc in Podiatry he returned to competition at the 2011 Lanzarote Double Enduroman and finished 2nd at the UK Triple Enduroman. He now competes in ultramarathons and was the 2013 England Athletics Ultra Champion.
Nick has coached numerous endurance athletes since 1999. He’s a BTF Level 3 coach, CHEK Practitioner strength and conditioning coach and a lead triathlon coach at Manchester Triathlon Club. Nick has also worked closely in recent years with Brett Sutton, who has coached multiple Kona champions such as Daniella Ryf and Chrissie Wellington. Nick is one of the few TriSutto qualified coaches in the UK and the first in the North of England.
Marc Laithwaite has been competing in triathlon and endurance events for 26 years. A former sports science teacher, Marc established The Endurance Coach in 2002. He is a multiple Ironman Kona qualifier and placed first in the 45-49 category at Ironman UK in 2017 and 2018, he was also runner up at Ironman Wales 2018.
Marc has worked for British Triathlon and British Cycling and is a Level 3 coach for triathlon and athletics. He has written for numerous triathlon and running magazines and has coached hundreds of athletes, ranging from novice through to elite level.
How does it work?
Whether you’re training for your first event or you are an experienced Ironman competitor, our coaching support group can work for you. Being part of our squad will give you structure to your training and motivation from both coaches and fellow athletes.
1. On your first visit, you’ll complete a sports science test at our store in Wrightington. From the test result and questionnaire, we can identify your strengths and weaknesses.
The sports science test will provide the following:
> Accurate training zones and threshold calculations
> Economy scores such as Kcal and oxygen consumption
> VO2 max, fitness scores and accurate benchmarks of progress
> Max aerobic and anaerobic power scores to assess strengths & weaknesses
2. You will be provided with an 8 week plan which will include swim/cycle/run sessions.The format for the plan is very simple and the sessions will be tailored, based upon your test results and personal profile.
3. You will be able to ask questions and receive support via a private Facebook group. You can go on at any time and ask as much advice as you need. The Facebook group is very active and works well to generate discussion between athletes and the coaches. We are on the Facebook page every day discussing training, racing and all other aspects of triathlon with all members of the squad. We also deliver weekly challenges, live training sessions which you can take part in and group training days to help motivate you and help you to feel part of a squad.
4. Every 8 weeks (2 months) you will return, complete a further sports science testing session and this will be used to monitor your progress. You will then be given a new block of training.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the package is £40 per month. This will include sports science testing every 2 months, your training plan and support throughout on our private Facebook group. When you register online, you will be charged £40, we will then arrange a sports science test. This initial payment will cover month 1 and a second payment will not be taken until month 2.
What are the other coaching options and how personalised is it?
The support package provides most people what they need at an affordable price. The testing is invaluable and you have a structured plan which is personalised to you based on your test results. You can access support through the group page whenever you need it and we are constantly posting on that page discussing training and race preparation. We provide you with all the essentials at an affordable price but if you feel as though you still need more 1-2-1 support and contact time with our coaching team (phone calls / emails etc) them we do offer a premium service at £95 per month. You can read more HERE.
How can I register?
We advise that you start as early as possible, especially if you are a novice or competing at a lower level of ability. You’d need to visit us to complete your first testing session. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and to register for Triathlon Coaching Support.