Our passion for triathlon runs deep. We love the swim/bike/run lifestyle, and love helping people get into and excel in the sport. Whether you dream of qualifying for Kona, completing your first race, or simply losing a few pounds, we would be honored to help you set and destroy your goals!

Our triathlon coaching philosophy is centered around creating a program that works for you and your unique lifestyle as opposed to a "one size fits all" approach.  We believe the keys to success are 1) having fun 2) being consistent, and 3) having someone in your corner to hold you accountable while cheering you on!

Triple Threat Triathlon Coaching Profiles

Elaina Mertens - Ph.D + Kona Qualifier

Dr. Elaina Mertens began coaching and personal training in 2007, and can offer you a customized fitness plan to make your goals a reality!

Elaina has worked with many athletes of all ability levels to personal bests in triathlon and running events of all distances. Elaina holds her Ph.D from Springfield College in Exercise Physiology, and her BA in Health and Wellness from Coe College. She is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (E-PC), and holds her Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA.

Elaina was an Age Group National Champion for Long Course Triathlon in 2013. She competed for Team USA at the 2011 Long Course World Championships, and is looking forward to competing in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, 2016, as well as many other local triathlon and running races.

Elaina has published and presented research related to performance factors for distance runners and triathletes. Her passion is your success!

Chad Zeman - Ironman University Grad

Chad began coaching in 2006 and took over a collegiate Cross Country and Track & Field program in 2010. Since leaving the collegiate world, Chad began broadening his coaching to the world of triathlon from sprint to Ironman distance races.

Since beginning his coaching career, Chad has led athletes to 30 school records, over 30 All-Conference selections, multiple Provisional National-Qualifiers and has led Age Group athletes to podium finishes and national championships.

Coaching all levels and abilities, Coach Chad can personalize and provide support along the way – even potentially be there the day of your big race!

Chad holds a Master Degree in Education and a B.A. in Sports Management and Coaching from Rockford University. He also is a USAT Level I and Ironman University Certified Coach.

Coach Chad started his journey into long distance competition by qualifying and competing in the Boston Marathon and placing in the top 1%. He then entered the world of Triathlons and Ironmans, competing in Ironman Wisconsin (2x), Ironman Lake Placid and Ironman Chattanooga (placing 6th in his Age Group in 2015). Coach Chad also completed The Sufferfest "Knighthood" by riding 10 of their videos back to back on an indoor trainer for 12 1/2 hours.

Benefits of Triple Threat Triathlon coaching include:
  • A training plan that's not "off the shelf," but created and customized for you and your schedule to maximize effectiveness
  • Weekly review via phone or Skype to foster accountability and motivation
  • Unlimited email contact for any question you may have along the way
  • Monthly analysis of results, whether training, performance testing, or racing

Many coaching services have so-called off the shelf programs that aren't feasible for your schedule. With terms ranging from one month to one year and a customized training program with your name on it, we're confident there's a Triple Threat Triathlon coaching plan for you!

Feel free to contact us at to set up a free initial call or for additional info.


"I contacted Triple Threat in May of 2015 after signing up for Ironman Florida, to be held on November 7, 2015. I am a seasoned Triathlete and had never worked with a coach prior. My previous training was targeted toward one or two 70.3’s per years and numerous shorter distances.

Recognizing early on I would need formal help to train and complete my first 140.6, I started my search for a coach. Like many Triathletes, I contacted friends who had used coaches and various training plans to accomplish the same goal. After much research, I found Triple Threat Triathlon and could tell from the tone on the site that this might be a good fit for me.

More specifically, I appreciated the respect for individual goals and this was confirmed after our first phone conversation. Collin (my individual coach) was very accessible from the start and listened closely to my story. Additionally, he would ask intelligent questions and make recommendations or seek my input to his thoughts for the plan.

So much of Ironman training is the journey. To this point, there is no “one size fits all” training plan. TTT definitely understands this and worked specifically to tailor the monthly plans to my schedule and ability. As Collin reviewed my work and family commitments, as well as my historical race data, he recommended a training plan to meet both my personal needs and race goals.

The best part of working with Triple Threat was that the entire process was a “conversation”. Different from other experiences I’ve heard of.

In the end, I had some difficult life circumstances develop while training. Collin was there the whole way to discuss and offer options to consider. If I had to describe TTT coaching in one word, it would be 'supportive.'

I would highly recommend Triple Threat Triathlon to anyone looking to achieve or improve upon a personal goal in the sport."

Monty - Denver, CO

"No question, without the help and guidance of Triple Threat Triathlon coaching, I never would have completed my triathlon! The encouragement, advice and weekly calls that we had while training helped me tremendously! My biggest challenges were cycling and just overall discipline to train. TTT kept me on track with my training and provided me with tips on how to improve my cycling…couldn’t have done it without them! So worth the time and money spent…THANKS!!!"

Joe - Huntington Beach, CA

"Triple Threat was great in helping me figure out strategies and race plans for my first triathlon season. My coach went above and beyond the call of duty on a number of occasions, particularly in meeting up with me for a pre race work out on the course a week before several races and being there for support even if he wasn't racing. It's always helpful to have someone monitoring your progress as well and weekly phone sessions were appreciated. I would recommend Triple Threat Triathlon to anyone looking to figure out what can be a complicated sport."

Randy - Salt Lake City, UT

"Triple Threat helped me get out of a major training slump and compete in 3 sprint triathlon races and reach a 1/2 marathon PR this season. The encouragement, training tips, and extra accountability were extremely helpful! I would recommend their coaching services to any athlete, from those looking to take things up a notch to someone training for their first sprint triathlon. Triple Threat's personalized and realistic approach will help you reach your training goals!"

Shelley - Stamford, CT

"Simply put, I could not have finished my first Ironman 70.3 without your help. The personalized training program and weekly calls helped me stay on track and kept my motivation high. Thanks!!" 

Rodney - Pittsburgh, PA

"Thanks for getting me through my first tri! I wasn't sure I could do it, but you helped me believe. Crossing that finish line felt soo good!"

Liz - Provo, UT

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