Chris Wood

COACH-Shropshire

Personal highlights…

Overall and AG wins and podiums at Sprint, Olympic & 70.3 distances.

Multiple IM finishes, PB 9:54 . Over 30 70.3 finishes, PB 4:22

3 times Ironman 70.3 World Championships qualifier

6 x European Middle Distance Championship qualifier

GB Age Group Team for multiple distances at European and World Championships

British Triathlon Federation Level 2 Coach

chris wood running

Coaching philosophy:

Chris’s personal journey into coaching evolved out of years of training, following plans, racing and being helped & coached, into wanting to share that experience with others. Whether that’s to get started in triathlon, improve on an existing performance or race, to move up distances or aim for a championship event or GB qualification. That practical experience has then been under pinned with more technical knowledge combined with an ability to understand how people work and progress best on an individual level in order to develop successful long term relationships. Everyone is different so no single approach to coaching will fit all. Having worked full time whilst training and competing, Chris has become accustomed to the challenge of fitting training around the demands of work, travel & family, as well as the need to ensure a balance is created outside of sport to stimulate other interests as well to ensure proper rest & recovery.

This process has also allowed him to be flexible with training and be creative with different requirements, strengths & weaknesses, alongside pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. This in turn generates confidence in training methods and sessions, ultimately leading to positive results. It’s the ability to draw on all of this experience, with around 3 years of coaching learning from different people, coaches, methods, athletes & different sports, that assist him in helping others and working out what’s right and best for them in starting or progressing their Triathlon journey.

Meet Chris

Now based in Shropshire, my introduction to Triathlon was doing the London Triathlon in 2003 in a borrowed oversized shorty windsurfing wetsuit, MTB with road tyres and trainers with too many miles in them. Fast forward until 2008 and a chance meeting with a 17 time Ironman who'd just got back from Race Across America, who introduced me properly to the sport. It was at this time that I joined my first Tri club, and as a complete novice got immersed into swim, bike & run training in its basic form. It was a good fun training group, with lots of others starting their route into Tri, but likewise lots of experience to learn from those who’d raced for GB, qualified for Kona or a variety of Championship races, and in time accolades & achievements to aim for. Learning about bikes, borrowing kit, different swim sessions were all part of learning the sport, before Garmin & gadgets were a thing, and gaining knowledge from those that had been there and done it, and were now helping others down the same path. I’ve since raced on Team MaccaX, now MX Endurance, founded by Chris McCormack, since 2013, so have been fortunate enough to meet and learn from a host of professional athletes & coaches as well as meet a wide variety of International Triathletes round the World. Likewise racing for Great Britain and at numerous Championship events has been a real privilege as well as incredible experiences. A few race highlights over the years have been at Challenge Roth in 2014, despite melting in the heat in a stunning & spectacular location and event, Ironman 70.3 World Champs in Zell am See 2015, the first outside of the U.S, and the inaugural Super League Jersey for an out and out weekend of a lifetime, both racing and socialising with the professionals. Aside from triathlon, I’ve raced TT’s over 10, 25 and 50 miles as well as 2 & 4-up’s and have seen the benefits of this discipline to Triathlon, race prep, aero position and practicing a run off a hard bike. I also a member with a local running club. So have seen & assisted with getting runners to do more cycling & cross training, both in terms of fitness, rehab and injury prevention.

Published Works

The Beginners Guide-READ HERE