Meet Coach Gerald
It’s not how you start, it is how you finish!
Strengths: Youth & Juniors, running, cycling
Years of experience: 12
USA Triathlon, Level 1 Coach
USA Track & Field, Level 1 Coach
Time doesn’t always matter….
Finish and finish gracefully
I have been running and doing triathlon for what seems like forever. I started running in 1978 and triathlon 1984.
I have worked hard over the years and risen to the top of my age group in both running and triathlon. However most don’t know I have been last in a running event back in the day. I have been last out of the water in a triathlon. I have been dropped and left for lost on my group rides back in the day. I feel all of these experiences make me the coach I am today. I understand all aspects of the event. I have been at the back or sweeper as I call it. I have been in the middle. I have seen the result of hard work to also put me at the front.
So with this, I love as a coach to give back to a sport and community that has helped me in so many different ways in my life. My main focus is health and wellness coupled with an INJURY FREE body. Doesn’t matter your competition level; this is the goal that I practice and teach.
My Coaching Philosophy
My philosophy is based on experience coupled with all the knowledge I have acquired over the many years I have been coaching. My experience allows me to guide an athlete along their journey staying injury free at the top of the priority list. Health and wellness is also right there at the top. Without one’s health they have nothing. No matter the level of athlete, beginner to elite, without health there is not training, taking care of loved ones, no work. With this comes to knowing my clients a little more than just giving them a plan. I am more of a hands on coach getting to know my clients through workouts and workout feedback. Communications is key to reaching goals and staying injury free. It is not about how much is done. Quality vs quantity! It is not how much one does but what is done when doing it.
Coach Gerald’s Notable Races
Iron Distance Triathlons
- Ironman Texas 2016
- Ironman Chattanooga 2015 – 10:59:02 PR
- Ironman Texas 2011
- Ironman Wisconsin 2009
- Ironman Louisville 2007
- Ironman Great Floridian 2000
Olympic Distance Triathlons
- Honolulu Worlds – 2:18:06 PR
Half Iron Distance Triathlons
- Buffalo Springs 70.3 – my first 70.3 in 1999 and I’ve done it many times since then
- Ironman 70.3 Austin
- Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico
- Clearwater Worlds twice – 4:36:28 PR in 2005
- Candada Worlds 2014
- 7 Marathons: Honolulu 2017, New York 2002, Boston 2002 3:06, Marine Corp 2001 2:58:02, Houston 1994/95/96
- Many half marathons incl. Cowtown 2017, McKinney 2013 – 1st Overall, DRC Half 2003 1:20:16 PR
- Many 5Ks and 10Ks dating back to 1978
- 1 mile at age 50: 5:14!!