Kirsty Marie

COACH-South West

Personal highlights…

  • Qualified for IRONMAN World Championships 2022
  • Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire 2022-2nd AG
  • Ironman university certified coach
  • Qualified sports massage therapist
  • Team GB age group qualifier

Kirsty Marie:

Based in Taunton near the M5, Kirsty works alongside her partner Kit Walker (TTT coach) in their coaching business where together they are able to offer a full range of squad sessions as well as other triathlon specific services such as bike fitting and swim video analysis. As well as racing herself at middle and full distance, Kirsty has worked with a number of athletes from complete novices looking to do their first ever triathlon through to experienced age groupers achieving team GB slots. She has a keen interest in race fuelling and nutrition as well as the need for tailoring coaching and training for the specific requirements of the female physiology.

Meet Kirsty

I started my journey into Triathlon from a running background. Having focused on my career as a teacher and raising two mini people, sport was non existent until I reached nearly 30. Overweight and under active, I represent a large proportion of athletes that flick a switch one day and say ‘something has to change’. Couch to 5k came and went, as did ticking off the distances through local races, each time increasing the distance to prove to myself ‘I can’. After several marathons I turned to ultra trail running, a particular highlight being the Endurance Life CTS Dorset event along the South West Coast Path. In between structured training I am currently undertaking the 630 mile SWCP route from Poole, Dorset to Minehead in Somerset.

Until running wasn’t enough. Could I front crawl ?….No! Could I ride a bike ?….. barely! So why not take up triathlon ? I was determined to master three disciplines instead of one and took to open water swimming and long distance cycling sportives before putting the three together.

I tell this story because I now stand in the position post Outlaw full 2021 and several 70.3 triathlons desperate to inspire anyone that they can achieve that finish line no matter their starting point. 2022 brings my first opportunity to race European Championships as a GB Age Grouper and I have no intention on things stopping there! Through coached experience and extensive investment in developing coaching skills and data analysis, I am finally seeing results in my own performance. My coaching philosophy will always remain that I will coach in the way that I would expect to be coached myself. To remain in love with what we do when times get tough, to juggle work, family and commitments yet still see results and to have an honest and open coaching relationships that builds a platform for success.