Athlete Stories

"A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement." - Bo Bennett


Find out more about some of the F4L Triathlon Coaching athletes and why they joined F4L:


Peter Klepac smlPeter Klepac One of the reason why I decided to look for a coach was because it would make planning my training easier.  For me, not having to think about the training blocks, periodisation, rest weeks etc makes my busy life more enjoyable.  Don’t get me wrong I love the training but not having to prepare a training plan is great.  Each week the plan is just there waiting for me. Couple this with the technology available today I can upload my data for Paul to review and comment about.

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Kate McCombe I’ve always enjoyed exercising regularly, but over the last few years I’ve been doing shift work with a long commute each day and have ended up tired and unmotivated, only managing sporadic bursts of activity.  I’ve entered various events but failed to do anything to prepare for them, simply turning up plodding round and feeling like I’ve let myself down, or not even going at all.  I recently got a new job close to home and so decided the time had come to take control of my life again!  To give myself something to aim for, I entered a half ironman in June 2013.

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Jason Corbett I had a relatively good 2012 race season, but felt I left a lot of time and thereby positions out on the course. I could never quite put my finger on why I lost that time or why the body reacted as it did and I was determined to correct that. Coming to the end of the season, I played with the idea of working with a coach for 2013. One piece of advice I received from a fellow triathlete was ‘find someone you can talk to and communicate with’, so following numerous discussions and email exchanges with online coaches, I dropped the idea of working with an overseas coach as I wasn’t impressed with the communications. However, one night while looking for the holy grail, I came across Paul and F4L Triathlon Coaching in 220 magazine. From the outset, I found Paul informative and engaging and so, the journey began...

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Lindsay Turnbull I came into Triathlon as a veteran, coming from a competative swimming background. I had completed a few random Triathlons over the years , but never really trained specifically for them. I decided to give Triathlon a real go in 2012,  especially after competing in a couple of events early in the season and really enjoying them.However, I knew I needed more structure to my training...

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Iain Pay I joined F4L Triathlon Coaching as I had decided that by making my own schedules, I was getting ok results, but kept having injuries, and in hindsight was massively over-training. The latter having a negative impact on personal / social wellbeing, as always shattered.I joined F4L based on a recommendation from an athlete who has been getting great results, and marked improvements on his previous seasons form, I thought that I would give it a shot, as I felt I still had loads of room for improvement...

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Melissa Hepburn I wanted a new challenge outside of my busy job as a police officer and really fancied doing a triathlon, however I couldn’t swim!  I took a few lessons and with the help of my fiancée Matt I learned the art of front crawl and completed my first triathlon The QE2 sprint Tri in 2011.  I did a few more that year however I didn’t really know how to train and ended up being continually  injured.I decided to go to Paul at F4L Triathlon Coaching for help...

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Audrey Stewart I joined F4L Triathlon Coaching in June 2012 after been involved in Triathlon for a number of years, and  was aware of triathletes being coached by Paul and saw what they achieved, so after putting my triathlon career on hold for 3 years while my Daughter went to University I promised myself the first thing I was going to do was join F4L Coaching. I have spent many wasted hours picking Training Plans off the net which were not specific to my needs and as usual I would end up injured over trained and my training was stale and I never really competed to  my full potential...

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David Wilson I joined F4L Triathlon Coaching because after several years of making improvements I had a season where I had reached a plateau. I was doing my own training and was training harder, but not seeing the results in races. This started to have a negative effect on my motivation and enjoyment of the sport. During 2013 my target is to win a medal at the 2013 World Age Group Championships. I’ve medalled at the Europeans a couple of times but this year I want...

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Richard Agan I joined F4L Triathlon Coaching because I was new to the sport of Triathlon and although I was running regularly I had no experience with swimming and biking yet alone how I would go about training for all three sports all together. After a swim technique session with Paul he mentioned his triathletes’ training plans. He explained he could set plans to improve my swimming and biking. Over the years I have improved my swim threshold pace and built up a good basis for my biking getting stronger and stronger each year from the good intense winter training. My main target for 2013 is...

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Stef Ironman Kalmar 2013 smlStef Economides I joined F4L Triathlon Coaching because I was finding it difficult to wade through and make sense of all the information in magazines and books regarding triathlon training. My goal (before I get too old!) is to do at least one Ironman and I signed up for IM Kalmar in Sweden for August 2013 and threw in 70.3 St Polten, Austria in May 2013 as a "training race" for good measure - I'm still here and back for more... My triathlon training in the past has been haphazard and hasn't involved any structure...

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Matt Holt I initially got in touch with F4L Triathlon Coaching after doing a few triathlons with my own training but was not seeing any improvement. I had hit a plateau, was bored doing the same sort of things and had no idea how to progress.Paul was really approachable and explained how the coaching would work and was keen to find out what I wanted to get out of it. The plans are simple and easy to access and follow

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Paul Common I’m about to start my third season in Triathlon.  My first season was about making it over the finish line in Sprint and then Standard distance events. The year past I hoped to improve a lot and I knew I could beat my previous race times. It was during this time that I knew my training approach wasn’t optimal. There was almost no plan to my training. I did what I fancied on the day. In an attempt to improve my training I cobbled sessions together from information gleaned from magazines and the internet but have never had the confidence to know these were right from me...

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