USA Triathlon offers several educational opportunities for coaches, race directors and officials. Select from the courses below.

Are you a coach who wants to work effectively and confidently with paratriathletes? With the debut of Paratriathlon in the 2016 Rio Paralympics and the four medals earned by USA Paratriathletes, there is building interest in paratriathlon from both athletes and coaches. For the coach, working with paratriathletes can strengthen problem solving skills, broaden experience, offer new challenges and provide many rewards. This webinar will take an in-depth look at the sport of Paratriathlon, the athletes, the different competition categories, training adaptations, equipment, racing rules and the pipeline to Tokyo 2020. What You Will Learn: The short history of Paratriathlon and the Rio Report USAT Paratriathlon Divisions Sport Classes Unique equipment Paratriathlon Rules, an Overview USAT Paratriathlete Development Pipeline Technique Modifications for Swim, Bike, Run and Transitions Training Adaptations for Paratriathletes Christine Palmquist Since 1993, Chris Palmquist has helped hundreds of endurance athletes achieve success - from brand new beginners and youth athletes to World Champions and Paralympic medalists. Chris is the owner of Cloud 10 Multisport.  HIGHLIGHTS USA Paratriathlon National Team Coach 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Coach 2017 Paratriathlon Coach of the Year MMTT Youth Development Coach CERTIFICATIONS USA Triathlon Level III, Youth & Junior, Paratriathlon Certified Coach USA Cycling Level 1 Coach Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification FIST Bike Fitter Read More

This presentation focuses on the development of open water swimming abilities for triathletes. This will include the psychological development, and the design and structure of workouts for physical and technical development of triathletes, to be better in open water racing, specific to the demands of triathlon.  Jim Vance Jim Vance is the author of Triathlon 2.0, and Run With Power. He is also the Head Coach of Formula Endurance, a USA Triathlon High Performance Team in San Diego, CA. Jim is a Level 2 USAT Coach, a USAT Youth and Junior Coach, and is the Head Coach of Coronado High School Swim Team, where his team produced an All-American and broke 2 school records in his first year, one male and one female. Before arriving at Coronado, he was the Head Coach at University City High School, where in 2 seasons his teams set 7 new school records. Jim is also a former elite triathlete, with an ITU Age Group World Championship and XTERRA Amateur World Championship to his name, as well as an Ironman podium, with a 3rd place finish at Ironman Florida in 8:37:09. Jim has produced numerous Kona and 70.3 World Championship qualifiers, and three times has produced a Youth Elite USAT All-American. Read More

In this webinar, participants will be provided an overview of lessons and activities that can be incorporated into youth multisport  training programs, youth camps, and/or youth clinics to help young triathletes develop: 1) basic bike handling skills  2) basic helmet safety & rules of the road 3) basic elements of bike fit and bike set up 4) utilization of bike trainers  5) variation in leg strength vs. leg speed using interval training 6) ability to measure and compare rates of perceived exertion 7) working knowledge of bike frame parts & accessories  Participants will also review assessment tools that can be used within each of the activities to help monitor progress and provide feedback to youth triathletes. This webinar is suitable for coaches looking to develop ideas on how to utilize nontraditional training activities to promote training and growth among young triathletes.   Duston Morris, PhD, MS, CHES Dr. Duston Morris is an Associate Professor in Health Sciences at the University of Central Arkansas and is also a running and triathlon coach. He has an extensive background in youth multisport training, youth multisport clinic and curriculum development, and triathlon coaching. Dr. Morris has helped numerous multisport athletes achieve success, qualifying for Age Group Nationals, 70.3 World Championships, and Team USA. He utilizes his personal experiences (Boston Marathoner, Ironman Finisher, Age Group Nationals, U.S. Half Nationals) as an endurance athlete to inspire and motivate other athletes regarding the comprehensive benefit of participating in the multisport lifestyle. His research interests include the relationship between exercise, physical activity and other healthy lifestyle characteristics for children and adults, the relationship between multisport participation and improved sexuality among healthy adults, and the impact of multisport curriculum on biological markers of youth multisport athletes.      Read More

How do we prepare an athlete to be ready to train for high performance triathlon, specifically youth & junior elite competition? While many high performance athletes are still recruited as products of other sports programs, more and more often we see young people who have been guided from a very young age primarily by a triathlon coach to be potential youth elite athletes.  Morgan Hoffman Morgan began coaching triathletes in 2009, and has been part of the Playtri coaching team since 2010 ( During that time she has built a substantial resume with a heavy emphasis on junior elite developmental coaching. Credentials include: USA Triathlon High Performance Team Head Coach (2013-Present) International Junior Elite (ITU) Athlete Coach Founder and Lead Coach of Playtri Youth & Juniors (2010-Present) Head Coach University of North Texas Triathlon (2009-2011) Head Coach Southern Methodist University Triathlon (2011-2012) USA Triathlon Junior Elite Camps Development Team USA Triathlon Coaching Certification Presenter USA Triathlon Multisport Zone Contributor USA Triathlon Kids Zone Contributor USA Triathlon Magazine Contributor Numerous AG Ironman finishers (including first-timers) Numerous AG ITU Short and Long Course World Championship qualifiers Director of Youth and Junior Elite Training Camps at the Playtri McKinney facility COACHING CERTIFICATIONS USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach USA Triathlon Youth & Juniors Certified Coach USA Triathlon High Performance Team Coach USA Cycling Level III Certified Coach American Swim Coaches Association Member Read More

Much the scourge of triathletes, cramps can stop everyone in the performance spectrum from those just beginning exercise to the top tiers of elite competition. Recent evidence on how cramps work shows they come from a complex interaction between the health and strength of your tissues, conditioning for the event, and interactions within your nervous system. Once you have a better understanding of what they are, cramps are much easier to prevent. Learn why cramps occur and about the strategies—both common and forward-thinking—that you can implement with yourself and your athletes to keep cramps from ruining your next race or key training session. Karl Riecken Karl earned a master's degree in Health and Wellness and Applied Exercise Physiology from the University of Central Florida. During his undergraduate years he was a cross-country runner but fell in love with triathlon before he graduated. Karl has worked for the sport performance departments of both USA Swimming and USA Triathlon, conducting research and helping to coach world-class athletes at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. He has been an assistant coach for youth triathlon teams and for USA Triathlon Elite Development Camps. Karl now provides physiological testing and training for athletes and patients at the National Training Center in Clermont, FL. Karl holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Triathlon, USA Track and Field, USA Cycling, USA Weightlifting, and the Road Runners Club of America. Read More

This webinar will cover draft legal racing by diving into the foundations of bike handling skills such as high speed turns and cornering, defensive cycling and close proximity riding, taking proper lines and angles, drafting strategies, race planning, and power profiling. This webinar will also cover tips and strategies to help plan effective swim workouts and race planning to meet the demands of transitioning then cycling in this style of racing.  Thad Beaty For musician turned triathlete Thad Beaty, “Music That Moves” is the literal summation of his incredible journey thus far. A guitarist who spent the past 9 years with country juggernaut Sugarland, sharing stages with Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Rhianna, Beyonce’ and more, as well as contributing as a writer on albums selling upwards of 10 million copies, Beaty traveled the globe for decades on the wings of music. But after his mother’s diagnosis with colon cancer and his own realization that the rock and roll lifestyle had resulted in his own poor health he set out on a new journey to reclaim his own health, the health of his family, and now, a quickly growing community of triathletes all over the world.  Music That Moves was born out of Thad’s journey back to health in all areas of his life. Through the medium of a plant-based diet combined with a goal to compete in an IRONMAN, Thad found himself over 70 pounds lighter and surrounded by fellow athletes and musicians who wanted his help with their own journeys. Never one to do anything halfway, he dove in head first and pursued multiple coaching certifications (USA Triathlon Level 2, USAC Level 2, Training Peaks Level 2, USMS Level 2, Newton Running, Dynamic Movement Assessment,TRX, Spartan SGX, Triathlon Research, and Scheduled to sit for his Nutritionist certification  and NSCA CSCS) to better coach the athletes he is leading.  But beyond the physical piece of training for a triathlon, Beaty is equally concerned with the spiritual journey an athlete must undertake to complete such a rigorous training program and finish a race. Every client with whom he works must ask themselves WHY they want to take on the challenge. Their “Why” fuels everything throughout training and Thad’s commitment to giving back to the communities in which they race is just as important as the training itself. Music That Moves is proud to have partnered with St. Jude’s, Ironman Foundation, Melanoma Research Foundation, Musicares, Porters Call, Rock n Roll Marathon Series, Second Harvest Food Bank, Runwell, Move For Hunger,  New Life For Newton, and other non-profits to help promote their causes. He is also the acting Team Captain for the Edith Sanford Breast Foundation’s TeamEdith athletes and the Kona Inspired Ironman Foundation programs.  After discovering the niche and passion to affect people’s lives for positive change, Thad was asked to be a celebrity mentor on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Weight-loss Edition, helping to coach and train a participant to complete the milestone of the New Zealand Half-Ironman and the story has been featured in People, Triathlete, Competitor, CNN,, Transform Your Health, AOL, and many other publications as well as on numerous Podcasts and blogs. He has personally contributed to the topics of fitness, health, and a plant-based lifestyle for numerous national publications.  As a coach, Thad has enjoyed working with those who are just starting their health and fitness journey, coaching the NAC strength and track programs, and coaching elite level athletes who are competing on the world stage in the Duathlon World Championships, Ironman World Championships, and state cycling time trail championships, 70.3 Worlds, Duathlon Worlds, Boston and NYC marathons, and several other marquee events. For 2017 Thad was selected as the Head Coach for TeamUSA at the World Championships (Grand Finals) in Rotterdam. This is something he is truly excited and honored to be a part of.  Through years of experience in the recording studio, on the worlds biggest stages both in the arenas of music and sport, Thad sees the connection between being the leader of a company, a producer/musician, and a coach as very harmonious in that whether you are working with your staff, an artist, or an athlete, the goal is simple, you must inspire the best out of your people. His philosophy has always been to provide a safe environment for the artist/athlete to excel on the highest level. Knowing that both the studio and competitive stages are fierce and vulnerable places, the artist/athlete must be empowered and prepared mentally, physically, and emotionally. Read More

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