Paul Carmichael


Coaching highlights…

  • Helped numerous athletes achieve their triathlon goals
  • Guided athletes to Ironman world championship, 70.3 world championship events and podium places
  • Athlete personal PB's over Olympic, 70.3 and Ironman distance as well as 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon
  • Overcome performance barriers
  • Performance gains through mental strengthening and physical improvements

Personal highlights…

  • Multiple Kona and 70.3 World Championships qualifier
  • Age group race wins in sprint, olympic, and middle distance
  • Numerous AG podium finishes at Ironman and 70.3

Paul is a BTF certified coach who has been involved in triathlon for nearly 20 years working with TTT since its inception. Having been involved with triathlon for such a long time means that I have seen how the sport has evolved and escalated to a whole new level of performance. Over the years I have been very fortunate to have trained and raced with some outstanding age group and professional athletes learning from a combination of coaching methods and what it takes to become the best in such a fast-evolving sport. I have learnt how to adapt this to bring out the best in athlete performance. whilst not forgetting the fundamental principles of consistency, variety of training and commitment that’s remain key for athlete success. Working closely with

athletes on a personal level to look at how we can achieve all of these.

Having had a job that involved long working hours, Paul knows what it takes to get the best performance on limited time, he is acutely aware of how crucial it is to make every moment of training and recovery count. Paul has coached and supported a number of athletes to Kona and world championship events of who is he eternally proud of, but is equally proud when helping hard working mums and dads to complete their first race or develop a change of lifestyle for their families.

Meet Paul

I live on the outskirts of Chester in the North West with my family. After racing the sport for 10 years I hung up my racing shoes about 5 years ago to focus on coaching and whilst not personally racing triathlon anymore, I take great pride from using my knowledge to help and support those who are. I still love to train hard in all three disciplines as I like to know I can rock up to a training session with the rest of the squad and hold my own! Aside from I love spending time with my wife and daughter and getting out and about with them on bike rides and walks. In the winter months I love to get away to snowier climates and ski, it's a real passion of mine and has been for many years. Generally, if it involves being outside then I’m happy!

For me there is absolutely nothing elitist about this sport. I turned up at my first race almost 20 years ago with a shorty surf wetsuit, a borrowed bike from someone a foot taller than me and not knowing in which order you executed the race disciplines. I have seen what is perhaps some real over complication in a sport that I feel generally is not. But what is important is that no two athletes are the same which is why I think that our coaching here at TTT is proven. We look to deliver a realistic and sustainable approach where fitness is built over time around the realities of our athletes and their families lives who are often overlooked in the coaching process. So yes, we can look to shave seconds and take you to your sub 9 Ironman with bike aerodynamics, precise power numbers and skin suits, but we can also make you not be afraid to ask questions such as which way round you put your wetsuit on. I have been that person and something I have not forgotten and which is why we have worked hard to create a family feel at Total Tri.