2020 RMTC Coaching Team
The coaches with the Rocky Mountain Triathlon Club are some of the best in the sport. In addition to assisting with organized club workouts, they are all available for private coaching. Check out their profiles below!
CP Fitness and Training
Charley Perez founded the Rocky Mountain Triathlon Club in 2003 and continues to be the driving force behind the ongoing operations of the club. As one of the active coaches for RMTC, he prepares and leads the weekly group workouts. Charley is a USAT Certified Coach and through his own company, CP Fitness and Training, he provides individual training plans for triathletes, runners, swimmers, and cyclists. Charley has been coaching triathletes since 2001 and while in graduate school at Wichita State University, he was an assistant track and cross-country coach with the middle and long distance runners. While serving in the Peace Corps, Charley served as an assistant coach to the late Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand’s famed National Coach. firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-961-1656
J’ne has been coaching group track and trail runs for over 30 years. She offers at least 3 free group workouts each week including a Tuesday morning track group (for those that can’t make it to RMTC track on Tuesday nights), Thursday hill, tempo or trail workouts, and weekend run and cycling workouts. When she retired from her 33-year engineering career in 2017, she volunteered to help coach RMTC workouts so you will see her leading or participating in most every RMTC swim, cycle and run workout. She did her first full Ironman race when she turned 50 and has been an Age Group podium finisher in each of the other 3 full Ironman in recent years. She was a competitive runner in her early years with a 2:40 marathon PR and held course records for the Pikes Peak Ascent, Mount Evans and Mount Washington road races. Other than maintaining her annual Pikes Peak ascent streak (which will be #30 in 2022!), she exclusively trains and races triathlons and enjoys fall trail running vacations (Spain, Italy and Iceland so far). As a certified USAT coach and certified yoga instructor, she coaches runners and triathletes one-on- one from beginner to veteran, from 5K to marathon and Sprint to full Ironman. Her primary motivation for coaching is to assure she always has someone to swim, bike, run, lift and do yoga with every week. She volunteers as Communications Director for the RMTC board so you’ll find her snapping photos at most of the weekend run and cycle events to post on the RMTC FB page and weekly newsletter. For more details on the free group workouts or one-on-one coaching, please contact J’ne at email@example.com.
Big Dog Coaching
Bill joined the Rocky Mountain Tri Club in 2005 after signing up for first triathlon – Ironman Lake Placid. One race led to another, and in 2012 his passion for triathlon and staying fit inspired Bill to focus his career on personal training and coaching. Bill is a certified Ironman U triathlon coach with experience in coaching ALL athletes, from beginners to Kona World Champion qualifiers. He is also an ACE certified personal trainer specializing in functional strength training and injury prevention. Bill’s other certifications include Training Peaks, TRX, Stages Cycling, and certified Bike Mechanic. Bill works with clients one-on-one to achieve their triathlon goals. His approach to coaching based on positive support, frequent communication and constant encouragement to ensure his plan is delivering the results the client desires, as well helping them to achieve balance between training, work and family. firstname.lastname@example.org, (720)-480-5749, www.bigdogcoaching.com
HAT Altitude Team
Tristen Rogers is a USAT Level I and Level II coach, and a former scholastic Athletic Director with 18 years of coaching experience. Tristen works with athletes who want to be performance-driven, that value developing a personal relationship with their coach, as well as being part of a dynamic team. Tristen’s HAT Altitude Team was built with the philosophy of a one-on-one coaching platform, supported by a team of likeminded, enthusiastic, and supportive team members. Each HAT Altitude Team member receives an individualized training plan specific their wants, needs and capabilities. The team atmosphere supports each member to successfully reach higher levels of success with any training program. The HAT Altitude Team works hard, but they also have a lot of fun! Tristen offers a variety of coaching programs and involvement platforms, from individual coaching, to ambassadorships, as well as endurance camps at her high-altitude lodge. email@example.com, (303) 204-2168, www.hathouseendurance.com
The FAST Lab
Kathy Zawadzki is the owner of The FAST Lab, offering comprehensive services tailored to maximize performance for endurance athletes of all levels. She is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and an endurance sports coach who works with both recreational and intermediate athletes. Kathy’s certifications include USA Cycling Elite Level Coach, Training Peaks Level 2 Coach, and she has a Master’s degree in Exercise Science. The FAST Lab focuses on improving the way an athlete moves and trains by offering services including Endurance Sport Coaching, Muscle Imbalance Assessment and Correction, Lactate Threshold Testing, Therapeutic Sports Massage, and Dry Needling. Training opportunities include individual and small group classes, as well as a CompuTrainer cycling studio, a Zero Runner, and cycling and running skills clinics. firstname.lastname@example.org, (303)-771-3329, thefastlab.com
Matt has been racing triathlon for over 15 years and has been coaching for the last 8 years. He has been an active member of RMTC almost as long as he has been racing, as he and his wife Molly joined right after they got married in 2004. Matt served as a club officer for 5 years. He was the club’s first sponsorship officer, and has also served as the club President. His coaching business, Sansego, is an international collective of coaches spearheaded by 3x Ironman World Champion, Craig Alexander, with the premise of taking the ego out of coaching and truly putting each athlete first in the relationship versus a coach-specific training philosophy. Matt believes that the relationship with his athlete comes first, and every training program he develops is custom for each specific athlete. Matt has coached athletes of all abilities ranging from new triathletes to seasoned professionals. His athletes have an Ironman title, 10 Kona finishes, 3 x 70.3 World Championship podiums, 10+ professional Ironman and 70.3 titles and many personal bests. Matt has been on the AG podium in 3 Ironman races, raced at the world championship level for 70.3, Ironman and Xterra 8 times. His biggest achievement in the sport was guiding a visually impaired athlete to an Ironman world record time. Matt is a USAT, Training Peaks and Slowtwitch certified coach, holds a master’s degree in adult education and leadership studies, and is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Matt.email@example.com, (303)-880-8675, www.sansego.co
Jess has been a part of RMTC for 4 years. She started her athletic career as a Division I level swimmer. She developed a passion for running while attending graduate school and has since completed over 10 stand-alone marathons including the Boston Marathon. She went full into Long Distance Triathlon once settled in Colorado, and is now in the pursuit of the World Championships in Kona, HI.
Jess’ certifications include: ITCA Triathlon, USA Swimming, USA level III Cycling & RRCA level I Running. She has a degree in Psychology, as well as a LMFT, and a PN Level I Nutrition Certificate. Jess owns her own practice in Holistic Wellness and also does endurance coaching and performance nutrition coaching to complement. Her coaching style is holistic, and she believes in working with an athlete in every area including training, nutrition, and mindset. She coaches with a team of coaches in the Superfly Triathlete community (superflycoaching.com). There are many coaching packages available, and are customized to each individual.
Jess uses triathlon to push her physical and mental limits, and is passionate about helping her athletes push beyond their own. Combining all her education and training, Jess pursues to empower athletes to push beyond what they think is possible for themselves, not only in their training, but their lives. She is dedicated to have her athletes feeling fully prepared and confident come race day, both mentally and physically. firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-867-7008, www.jesskahnke.com, or on Facebook and Instagram @JessKahnke
Matt started competing in triathlon after his collegiate swimming career when he realized there was more to life than just the tiles on the bottom of the pool. One race led to another and Matt became hooked on all things oriented with triathlon and endurance sports. As an Elite Coach at SwimLabs in Littleton he loves to show athletes how the swim leg of their race doesn’t have to be a “just survive” mentality. Swimming should be something that is quite enjoyable and can give you an edge in your race!
On that note, he loves getting to know his athletes and personalizing training plans to push each person mentally and physically. Whether it is a first time-triathlete or a seasoned Ironman veteran, Matt meets his client where they are and helps them set and achieve their goals. Matt also owns the Mountain Swim Series and can frequently be found frolicking around high mountain lakes. email@example.com, (303) 908-0510, swimlabs.com/littleton