Neil Thomas

COACH

Coaching highlights…

  • British Triathlon Level 2 Coach
  • Numerous London Marathon Good For Age qualifiers
  • My athlete won first overall female at Braveheart Triathlon
  • Experienced in swim technique idevelopment

Personal highlights…

  • World Championship 70.3 Age Group Qualifier
  • Ironman UK  10h01m
  • Ironman France  9h38m
  • Alpe D’Huez Triathlon Relay Winner

My enjoyment and interest in the the sport has led to me becoming a qualified coach. I found that the things I learned from the coaching courses also significantly improved me as an athlete. This has led me to focus my coaching approach equally on the development of each athletes level of performance and enjoyment alongside their awareness and understanding of why the program is structured as it is. As a qualified coach in my professional life, I’m able to collaborate with athletes; creating a structured environment where we can feel confident that the plan we have in place provides the opportunity to have fun and surpass individual goals.


I completed my first olympic/standard distance triathlon in 2007 at the Deva Triathlon. Since then I have enjoyed learning about and participating in the sport from sprint distance to Ironman and full distance races. I’ve completed the London, Berlin and New York marathons and managed to squeeze in a Breca swim run. I am now a qualified BTF Level 2 coach and have been involved with the Chester Triathlon club where I am currently Captain.

Meet Neil

I’m 48 years of age and live in Chester where I work in Learning and Development on a self employed basis. I started triathlon when I realised I was twice as old as everybody else in the football team I played for. Throughout my life my competitive nature has led me to get involved in a variety of sports. I’ve always tried to be as good as I can be without taking myself too seriously. I live and train in Chester which provides me with a brilliant base to be involved with the sport. A large triathlon community, a very active club scene (this meant something different 20 years ago) and some great locations and facilities for training.


I’ve loved the opportunity that triathlon has given to move from completer to competer, the friends I’ve made along the way and the experiences I’ve had. It’s remarkable that we manage to have fond memories of situations as diverse as hypothermia in a lake in North Wales, a land slide in the Alps, the immortal words from a triage nurse ‘if you’re going to be dumb you’ve got to be tough’; through to the genuine highs of participating in my first world championship race. The sense of satisfaction and achievement I feel when athletes I coach better their expectations of themselves is massively rewarding (surprisingly more so than personal results).

Being coached by Neil…

Testimonials

Read what our athletes have to say about being coached by TTT. Click on each testimonial to read the full story.

JAMES HIRST, ATHLETE, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my first 3 weeks with TTT.  Neil is great to talk to and made me feel at ease from the first call. It was quickly evident that Neil is a very knowledgeable triathlon coach…….”    READ MORE >>

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first 3 weeks with TTT, Neil is great to talk to and he made me feel at ease from the first call, It was quickly evident that Neil is a very knowledgeable triathlon coach, but it is also clear that TTT is a joined up Triathlon Coaching company and process / structure is used for everyone not just the style / opinion of one coach, this is very important to me.

The sessions linked through Training peaks and onto Zwift are very clear and efficient and any tweaks I have asked for or days being swapped round have been updated quickly demonstrating a flexible approach by TTT.


To anyone considering Triathlon coaching I would highly recommend signing up and giving it a go, it will obviously improve you as an athlete and really helps with motivation and accountability.