Meet Coach Tommy

Triathlon and endurance sports are all about the journey to your goal race. The journey is the destination.

Tommy Johnson

Tommy Johnson

CONTACT INFO

(469) 388-2701
tommy@sportspeedlab.com

COACHING EXPERIENCE

Strengths: cycling, running
Coaching since 2008

CERTIFICATIONS

USA Triathlon, Level 1 Coach
USA Cycling, Level 3 Coach
RRCA Certified Running Coach
Retul Certified Bike Fitter
FIST Certified Bike Fitter
TrainingPeaks Level 1 Certified
TrainingPeaks University
CPR/AED/First Aid

Enjoying the journey…

I’ve always been a cyclist. I can’t remember ever not riding a bike. As a teenager, I rode to the swim club for fun and swim team workouts. In high school I rode to stay in shape during the summer for the upcoming football season. In college my bike was my transportation. After college I was able to afford my first ‘really nice bike’ – a Trek 2200. Club rides and races followed. Cycling continued to be my sport for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Fast forward to 2004. I had just completed an MBA degree and was looking for a new challenge. I’m very goal oriented and having something to work towards brings me great satisfaction. “Get back into bike club rides and races,” I thought. I was surfing bike race websites and came across websites for triathlon races. “I already have the cycling background. I swam some in high school. All I have to do is add the running,” was my thinking. After my first race in Las Cruces, NM, I was hooked. Triathlon is now my “lifestyle”.

My Coaching Philosophy

My coaching philosophy is based on effective athlete/coach communication and athlete education. I believe effective coaching requires the athlete and coach to communicate on a very regular basis. I encourage my coached athletes to communicate via text, email, phone, video conference or face-to-face whenever needed. As your coach, it’s my job to know the science of training and use it appropriately to help you reach your goals. Effective athlete/coach communication adds context to the training plan and workout data. We aren’t pro athletes with unlimited time to train. We all have other commitments – families, children, work, school, etc. Together we’ll design a plan that takes into account your real life situation and that accomplishes your goals. Along the journey you will have an enjoyable and exhilarating experience training and racing.

Tommy Johnson

Tommy Johnson

CONTACT INFO

(469) 388-2701
tommy@sportspeedlab.com

COACHING EXPERIENCE

Strengths: cycling, running
Coaching since 2008

CERTIFICATIONS

USA Triathlon, Level 1 Coach
USA Cycling, Level 3 Coach
RRCA Certified Running Coach
Retul Certified Bike Fitter
FIST Certified Bike Fitter
TrainingPeaks Level 1 Certified
TrainingPeaks University
CPR/AED/First Aid

Enjoying the journey…

I’ve always been a cyclist. I can’t remember ever not riding a bike. As a teenager, I rode to the swim club for fun and swim team workouts. In high school I rode to stay in shape during the summer for the upcoming football season. In college my bike was my transportation. After college I was able to afford my first ‘really nice bike’ – a Trek 2200. Club rides and races followed. Cycling continued to be my sport for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Fast forward to 2004. I had just completed an MBA degree and was looking for a new challenge. I’m very goal oriented and having something to work towards brings me great satisfaction. “Get back into bike club rides and races,” I thought. I was surfing bike race websites and came across websites for triathlon races. “I already have the cycling background. I swam some in high school. All I have to do is add the running,” was my thinking. After my first race in Las Cruces, NM, I was hooked. Triathlon is now my “lifestyle”.

My Coaching Philosophy

My coaching philosophy is based on effective athlete/coach communication and athlete education. I believe effective coaching requires the athlete and coach to communicate on a very regular basis. I encourage my coached athletes to communicate via text, email, phone, video conference or face-to-face whenever needed. As your coach, it’s my job to know the science of training and use it appropriately to help you reach your goals. Effective athlete/coach communication adds context to the training plan and workout data. We aren’t pro athletes with unlimited time to train. We all have other commitments – families, children, work, school, etc. Together we’ll design a plan that takes into account your real life situation and that accomplishes your goals. Along the journey you will have an enjoyable and exhilarating experience training and racing.

Coach Tommy’s Notable Races

Iron Distance Triathlons

  • Ironman Maryland 2016
  • Ironman Arizona 2013
  • Ironman Canada 2012
  • Ironman Texas 2011
  • Ironman Louisville 2009
  • Ironman Arizona 2008
  • Ironman Florida 2006

Half Iron Distance Triathlons

  • Buffalo Springs 70.3 – 11 times, my favorite race
  • Ironman 70.3 Hawaii 2015
  • Ironman 70.3 Austin 2015
  • Ironman 70.3 Texas 2011
  • Ironman 70.3 New Orleans 2010
  • Ironman 70.3 Galveston 2009
  • Ironman World Championship 70.3 2009
  • Ironman 70.3 New Orleans 2008

Olympic Distance Triathlons

  • Toyota US Open Tri 2012
  • Tri Waco 2011
  • Toyota US Open Tri 2011
  • Toyota US Open Tri 2009
  • Disco Triathlon 2008
  • Texas Man Triathlon 2008
  • Stonebridge Ranch 2007

Sprint Triathlons

  • Metroplex Sprint Tri 2008
  • Take on the Heat
  • River Cities Triathlon

Running Races

  • Tour des Fluers 10k – 7 times, my favorite local race
  • Rock n Roll Dallas Half Marathon
  • Rock n Roll San Antonio Half Marathon
  • Rock n Roll Nashville
  • White Rock Marathon
“I started working with Tommy early 2018 — and frankly, I was quite lost! I was overtraining and as a result was struggling with anemia and lack of *proper* nutrition. So, we had to start slow, step back and look at the big picture. Tommy was patient with me every step of the way — his encouragement, direction, and focus on athletes is unparalleled. I always felt like I could just ‘pick up the phone’ for anything — and to me, that was comforting in a sport that can often times feel overwhelming. With his engineering background his alignment back to the data keeps the guesswork out of the process. He dialed in my bike, my biggest weakness, to a place where I could actually be competitive in a very challenging age group! I thank Coach Tommy for being patient with me, constantly adjusting my plan, and working with my CRAZY schedule to get us to a World Championship finish line! Couldn’t have done it without him!”

– Jules

“Tommy has coached me for over two years now; I could not be more pleased with his coaching skills and his attention to detail. Tommy has taken the time to understand my limitations of being an older age-grouper (55) and tailored my training to meet my specific needs. He truly listens to me and knows when to increase intensity or back off to avoid injury and excessive fatigue. Tommy is a great coach and one I highly recommend.”

– Bob

“Tommy has all of the attributes that I was seeking in a coach when I was preparing for my first Ironman event. He is positive, motivating, encouraging and also gives me a real kick when I need it. He is accessible and provides data-driven coaching that has served me well in reaching or exceeding my race goals in every race I’ve trained for and entered under Tommy’s coaching. I have a great athlete/coach fit with Tommy; I simply couldn’t want for a better coach. Currently, Tommy is coaching me to my 4th Ironman event, at which we plan for me to achieve yet another PR.”

– Karen