Phil Murphy

HEAD COACH

Coaching highlights

Made the commitment to full time coaching in 2018 following 6- years coaching part time.

Head Triathlon Coach with Total Tri Training based in Chester and the North Wales border areas. Close to Shropshire, Manchester and Liverpool.

Head Bike Fitter at sister company Total Bike Fit.

Athletes across the age spectrums qualifying for Kona, 70.3 World- champs and GB age group racing.

Lead Coach on annual Training camps and UK based training days.

Specific Areas of experience include working with female and-Veteran athletes along with Elite Age group athletes of all ages.

How do I coach

Manage the individual first and foremost. Dealing with people’s unique personalities is the key to getting the most out of someone.

Build a relationship.

The Devil is in the detail – analysis of training sessions is more important than setting the session in the first place. This is the key to individualised success.

Marginal gains – such a Cliché these days but with most age group athletes these gains can add up to a lot.

Adaptation is key – all the training in the world is no good if it does not help you achieve your goals.

Balance around life is essential so any plan must focus heavily on this.

Work with what you have! We are not all equally gifted but for most the correct hard work will beat talent, when talent does not apply itself properly.

Phil’s coaching ethos

“There are no secrets in coaching, to coach is to educate, so you have to share ALL of your knowledge. To stay at the forefront you must evolve as a coach and this comes from the athletes desire to evolve themselves.

Meet Phil

“I am 40 and live in a small village on the Welsh/English border 10 miles from Chester which is a great location for both cycling and running as you can access the quiet roads of North Wales within a few miles of home. I am a full time Triathlon coach and Bike fitter these days, allowing me to give 100% focus to my athletes. Outside of triathlon I love to ski during the winter months dotted around training camps that we run right across the globe.

My background is cycling with 20 years experience having grown up mountain biking then I road raced at top domestic level with a brief spell in Europe during my late teens/early twenties. I have been swimming and running competitively for the past 9 years once I decided to get into triathlon. Even though I am heading towards my 40s I am still pushing myself to the limit being at the front of most big UK age group races as I still look for that one perfect day. Daily life revolves around Triathlon with athletes, my core training partners, coaches Chris Standidge and Andy Hamilton. We have a great balance of training and working all at the same time!!!

As a coach my big drive is to help athletes achieve their dreams. For some this is to get to a World Champs race and even get on the podium at this level, for others it is to be the best version of themselves, or explore new challenges within the sport – I encourage everyone to dare to dream big and then follow that dream”

Personal triathlon highlights

Ironman PB time of 09:17 in 2017 Florida

Kona finisher

5 x Ironman 70.3 World Champs Qualifier

2018 IM 70.3 World Champs, South Africa 15th 35-39 AG

Multiple Ironman and Challenge podiums including top 3 overall

Wins and podiums at Sprint, Olympic Distances as well as Time Trialling

Being coached by Phil…

Testimonials

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

DAVE MANTLE, ATHLETE 50-54AG, “In the first year with Phil, we successfully accomplished all of our goals, a WC slot at 70.3, a Kona Q opportunity, and a couple of AG wins at smaller triathlons.”    READ MORE >>
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In the first year with Phil, we successfully accomplished all of our goals, a WC slot at 70.3, a Kona Q opportunity, and a couple of AG wins at smaller triathlons. ."

ROB BRICOUT, LONDON/SOUTH AFRICA, “I got Phil and 12 other coaches, each with different personalities and unique strengths; access to top class nutritionist and expertise from athletes with specialisms in sports and medical science”    READ MORE >>

I did not sign up for this. I agreed to pay a monthly amount for the services listed on the website with a coach called Phil Murphy.

Instead I got Phil and 12 other coaches, each with different personalities and unique strengths; access to a top class nutritionist called Danny and expertise from fellow athletes with specialisms in sports and medical science. Lockdown arrived and a very good programme for individuals accelerated into an exceptional community driven programme with a commitment to excellence at its core. Overnight our virtual reality became one of group rides, team time trials, stretch classes, nutrition and physio zoom calls, comic relief adventures, NHS fundraisers and a fiercely fun and competitive every so often duathlon. Coaches became innovators, IT teachers, authors of insightful articles and daily communicators with the patience of Job. Virtual rides with free tuition on many and varied aspects of triathlon but also on coffee machines, home made beer and ancillary unrelated but apparently important topics best not listed in a review. And you don't have to talk, you can just listen.

I hold Phil Murphy in high regard, like I do the other coaches. He is knowledgeable, responsive, sometimes hyperactive, authoritative and cares about his athletes.

Very little of this is listed in the services I paid for. We are made or broken as a community by tragic events. No one can trivialise the effects of this pandemic but TTT has done a remarkable job in lifting our spirits in a responsible and thoughtful way aimed at making us a better community and improved athletes.

I am deeply indebted.

Thank you.

GEORGE WARRENDER, ARMY OFFICER, “Joining Total Tri Training was a game changer, the improvements since joining TTT have been awesome, my overall fitness across all 3 disciplines have improved significantly……”    READ MORE >>
Run-George Warrander

“Joining Total Tri Training was a game changer, the improvements since joining TTT have been awesome , my overall fitness across all 3 disciplines have improved significantly and that is all down to the high quality, individual coaching and guidance from Phil. First class coaching , provides constant feedback and is always on hand to help answer any questions. The squad element both on Zwift and at training camps is terrific and have not looked back since ! Cheers phil and Total Tri Training ! A Stella first year !! “


Been a quality first year so cheers for that , really enjoyed it!

IAN FAGAN, WIRRAL, “A friendly dilligent, flexible and ultimately effective coach-athlete relationship.”   READ MORE >>

I’ve been training with Phil now for just over a year and been close to TTT for a year before that though Training camps in Lanzarote and Majorca.


During the time being formally coached I have likely very similar experiences to many of his other athletes – that of a friendly, diligent, flexible and ultimately effective coach-athlete relationship where steady progress can be seen and discussed 1:1. However I come at this from a different perspective. Having picked up a severe injury prior to the COVID19 lockdown, Phil stayed in touch and put me under no pressure to "get back on it". Sessions were there if I needed or wanted them and as I got back to low level training they were carefully tailored not only for my injury but also – having got know me and my impatient nature – the headspace an injured person is in. All this at a time when everything was changing drastically in how we could all train and interact, and huge effort were being made to deliver coaching online.


Top man.

DEAN HANWELL, ATHLETE, “Having joined Total Tri  3 years ago and specifically being coached by Phil Murphy I have simply improved and taken my triathlon to the next level year on year.”……..    READ MORE >>
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Having joined Total Tri 3 years and specifically being coached by Phil Murphy I have simply improved and taken my triathlon to the next level year on year. The quality of the sessions, the feedback and guidance, the advice and knowledge shared have made sure I have constantly evolved.


Phil cares about his athletes and you know that when a performance you have been working towards comes together (and it always does) he is proud and then motivated to push you on again.


Not only do you get superb 1 to 1 coaching but the group mentality and support of the Total Tri team has meant that, in particular over the last 10 weeks or so during the 'lock down' period we as a group have made huge gains when it may otherwise of been a period of regression and difficult training.

I would highly recommend Total Tri without doubt."

JENNIFER FERNADO, ATHLETE, “I have only been with Phil for a few months but have seen so many improvements in my performance especially on the bike.”…….    READ MORE >>

'I've only been working with Phil for a few months but have seen so many improvements in my performance especially on the bike. On first working together we did lots of testing and following this Phil took the time to explain the result to me so I understood how my body responds to different training stimuli and therefore the best training approach to take. As a result I understand the purpose of all my sessions and Phil will always explain any queries I have. It's such a shame the pools are closed as he introduced me to a completely different way of thinking in my swim sessions and I was working really hard on tweaking my technique, I can't wait to get back in the pool and see what improvements I can make!'

HUW DOLPHIN, “I started being coached by Phil a couple of years ago having seen several friends post impressive performances under his guidance.”…    READ MORE >>
Ironman-Huw-Dolphin

I started being coached by Phil a couple of years ago having seen several friends post impressive performances under his guidance. Having been a self coached marathoner and Ironman for many years I have been really delighted with how I have progressed under Phil’s guidance. Three highlights, the best executed marathon at my 45th attempt! First ventures into ultra-running. And my fastest and, again, best executed Ironman performance.


But what Phil is really good at is tailoring the work around life and stresses. He has brought me back from (self-administered!) injury in a cautious and sustainable way, helped me reap the mental benefits of good training through some extreme personal difficulties and tailored my work around a job that can sometimes make unreasonable demands on my time. I’m looking forward to continuing my education and testing myself again under his guidance.

PETE MARCO, -“Phil’s coaching not only really improved my swim, bike and run but gave me the confidence to take on 70.3 and be fit enough to enjoy them!”…..  READ MORE >>
Triathele-Pete-Marco

Phil's coaching not only really improved my swim, bike and run but gave the confidence to take on 70.3 and be fit enough to enjoy them! During the COVID-19 lockdown Phil and the TTT team have been awesome! Everything from which turbo to buy to organising the virtual race series and the training in between to improve has been great and given me a real focus, improved my fitness and keep me healthy mentally. Most importantly I think it's really drawn the TTT club together in as sense of community.

Thanks for all that by the way 🙂

 PHIL JOHNSON, ATHLETE -“I started with Phil 2 years ago & I haven’t looked back. I have achieved goals I didn’t think were possible.”…. Read more’  >>
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I started with Phil 2 years ago & I haven’t looked back. I have achieved goals I didn't think were possible, like the first time I got in the sea at Angelsey nearly 4 years ago (in a wetsuit 2 sizes too big for me). I have competed as a GB age group athlete at the Duathlon World Championships (Pontevedra 2019), and in January I broke 3 hours for the first time in the Marrakesh marathon (something I had wanted to do for 8 years). Most importantly I have trained consistently for 10 months now without injury – the longest period time I can remember. (This is a true gift

to all my friends and family as I am a real git when I can't run.)


Phil knows this sport inside out, and you can tell he truly cares about his athletes.

He seems to be able to find that delicate balance between an athletes ambition and

their health (both physical & mental). The programmes he has given me have pushed me in areas I would of avoided on my own, & protected me."