Hello, I am Ed Collins, a British Triathlon (BTF) Level 3 coach who coaches swim, bike and running, based in Herefordshire. Having graduated from BTF’s High Performance Coach Programme I am now studying for a postgraduate masters (MSc) in Sports Coaching. I occasionally post essays on my ‘Blog‘ page that I hope are informative and thought provoking!
I have spent the last 20+ years coaching individuals and groups, both adults and children in various disciplines and since 2012 in Triathlon. As a past head coach (10yrs) of a junior club I have helped young people achieve their full potential up to Academy level and adults from sprint to long distance triathlon.
I started competing in triathlon the “old way”; a couple of years racing Sprint distance, then Olympic, then Middle distance and so on, so I have good knowledge what it takes to get you to the start line whichever distance you are aiming for. I still train regularly and compete as and when time allows, focusing on middle distance events nowadays. Like all athletes I have had my fair share of injuries and have the experience that is required for the recovery phase and more importantly the mental process of getting through these low times.
I specialise in helping people taking their first steps in triathlon, giving them confidence to compete in a race that would have been ‘off the scale’ in their thoughts a couple of years previously. Many people are surprised at what they can achieve with the right person guiding them. Athletes that started their triathlon journey, signing me up to help them complete their first triathlon are now members of the GB Age Group team competing at the European and World championships. I am extremely lucky to have athletes that have been with me for a number of years, so we’ve built a solid relationship of trust and respect. All I ask is that your commitment and enthusiasm matches mine and I’ll guide you through the ups and inevitable downs, of what is endurance sport!
My coaching clientele are varied which makes my job so interesting and rewarding. Here are a few examples from the last couple of years:
- Ironman / Middle Distance / Standard Distance / Sprint Distance Triathlon
- Junior tristars / Junior elite Triathlon
- Cycling tandem to Lands End to John O’Groats
- Virgin London Marathon
- Mountain ultra marathon
- 10km endurance swim
The experience I have built up over the years of coaching and my passion for helping people has enabled me to transfer my knowledge onto my athletes, which has enabled them achieve their goals from completing their first triathlon to gaining Age Group Selection.
I believe the coach – athlete relationship is essential in achieving results and regular communication and feedback from both sides is vital. I am very focused on making sure my athletes achieve their goals but that they also enjoy the journey getting there.
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