Coaches / Trainers
Sean Belfast has 25+ years of cycling under his belt. With a heavy emphasis on road and cyclocross, Sean has worked with and trained with some of the best professional and amateur cyclist in the nation. Sean has worked as a race mechanic in the professional peloton, raced on the road, dirt and on the cyclocross circuit across New England.
Jason has been a competitive athlete most of his life. After living in Boulder, CO he found his athletic home in the sport of cycling and triathlon. Sidelined by an injury he is back on the racing scene, and looking for his first Half Ironman podium finish for Pacific Swim Bike Run. His coaching philosophy is simple- enjoy the journey, provide guidance, encouragement and instill confidence. He believes that all these qualities lead to success. Jason is a father of two young children and understands the importance of keeping training and racing goals realistic and in balance with other life goals and commitments. Nothing is more satisfying to Jason than to see his athlete work for, and achieve their goals - no matter how big or small they may be.
Nick has competed in over 40 triathlons; including 4 Ironman’s and has raced as an “elite” in several others most recently qualifying for Team USA at the 2012 national championships. Nick is a USAT Level 2 Coach, USA Cycling Level 3 Coach, USA Triathlon Certified Race Director, CPR/AED, MADD Dogg Spin, Crossfit Endurance Trainer, Crossfit Level 1 Trainer, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist.
Adam is a Level 1 USA Triathlon coach, ultra runner and active triathlete. Adam developed his passion for triathlon after many years as a runner and much encouragement from his peers to give it a “tri”. After suffering an injury, Adam started swimming and biking to satisfy his need for an active lifestyle.
Some of Adam’s accomplishments are 14+ podium finishes, holds current Connecticut resident marathon record for the Delaware Marathon Festival, completed 14 marathons in 2010 with a sub 3:00 average, completed 2 Ultras in 2010 - 3rd place finish GCI 50K, 2nd place finish Around the Lake 12 hour run, 3rd AG Mooseman International Triathlon, top 10 and 2nd AG KIC IT Triathlon, top 10 and 1st AG Toughman Half Ironman, 3rd AG Beach to Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon and USAT Age Group National Championship Qualifier.
“Always progress” is Adam’s philosophy in life as well as sport. He incorporates this philosophical style into his coaching and hopes to inspire others by leading through example and demonstrating a solid work ethic.
Dan was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, lived in London, England and Graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelors Degree Engineering in 1988.
He raced bicycles as a Cat2 for Team Navigators in NJ, and competed in several Marathons in NY and Boston before moving into Triathlon racing. He competed in inaugural Ironman Florida in 1999 and several 70.3 and Olympic Distance races since. Dan is currently a consistent Top 10 finisher in the competitive 45-49 Age Group braket, qualifying for USA Triathlon Nationals for the past 2 years. As an analytical, bio-mechanics’s oriented 46 year old Martial Artist/Engineer, he brings his unique and curious perpective to our coaching team
Cliff of TriStarAthletes.com is a metro-area USAT Level II coach and active triathlete. He is a six time USAT All American who has competed across the country and internationally, gaining broad experience ranging from Olympic distance events to the Ironman (with a personal record time of 9hr 7min.) He has qualified and raced in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii and the 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater, Florida multiple times. Cliff has also worked on active hydration strategies with the scientists of the Gatorade Institute.
HEATHER BADEN, MS, RD, CSSD, CDN
Heather is a Registered Dietitian and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont in Dietetics and Nutrition Education. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Georgia State University with a sports nutrition emphasis at the Homer Rice Center for Sports Performance at Georgia Tech. She earned her Masters Degree in Human Nutrition at the University of New Haven.
Heather is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the New York State Dietetic Association, as well as several Dietetic Practice Groups including: Pediatrics, Weight Management, Women’s Health and Reproductive Nutrition, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, and Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists (SCAN).
Her expertise includes: Sports Nutrition, Food Allergies, Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Nutrition, Weight Management, and more.
In her free time she enjoys marathon and triathlon training, reading, and cooking with her family.
In owning a triathlon store one of the most common concerns I come across is the “the open water swim”. I hear all the time how daunted and scared people are of the open water and how it prevents them from doing a triathlon. My response is,” your right, it is, but anything is achievable with practice and the right mind set”. I could not swim two consecutive laps less than three years ago and I was terrified of swimming in open water. Now, I am proud to say, I am a pretty good swimmer and I am calm when I hit the open water.Read more
So far, January Twenty-Twelve has been one of the mildest on record. Packs of cyclist were out on New Years day enjoying the 50 degree weather and even more were out in the afternoon last Saturday basking in the sun. Who knew, tan-lines could be refreshed in the dead of winter!
Let’s face it, this isn’t going to last and unless you are a dedicated indoor rider (which many of you are), the bikes get packed away until after Punxsutawney Phil comes out and sees his shadow. The winter months are the best time to build your base fitness to make the push into your best season ever.
“There are no such things as bad weather days, just poorly dressed people.”Read more
Pacific Swim Bike Run now offers race distance specific training programs to enable athletes to meet their goals while combining group and individual training plans.
Each program is designed to prepare the athlete to compete in a specific triathlon distance, i.e. Sprint, Olympic, Half Ironman and Ironman, and is led by a USAT certified coach who will work with participants from the beginning of the program until race day.
The program combines online and onsite training where each participant will work with the program’s coach to tailor a plan based on the individual’s goals. The program’s participants will meet with other program members periodically and train towards their event; such group workouts include CompuTrainer sessions, indoor triathlon, outdoor rides, group swims, group runs and more. The programs are designed to work with athletes of all levels and abilities.
Maybe racing toward a Champs-Elysees finish line in Paris or huffing and puffing your way up volcanic Hawaiian hilltops Ironman-style is not within your aerobic range or ambitions. But there’s a way to make your fitness bike rides a little more competitive, challenging, scenic and even climate-controlled.
Multi-rider sports training classes for cyclists who range from serious triathletes to riders who want to stay off the streets are the latest workout rage catching on at fitness centers in Fairfield County. By strapping their own bikes into a stationary platform attached to a computerized tracking system and following carefully calibrated routes, Computrainers allow athletes to add intensity and a multitude of travel options to their rides without ever leaving the curb.
Tour de France, anyone? Most Computrainer facilities have a program that mimics the epic French countryside racing route that made Lance Armstrong famous. If that’s not your speed, how about early morning rides in New York’s Central Park? That’s a simulated option, too.
“I had a solid swim, I tore it up on the bike, and then I fell apart on the run! What
happened? How can I avoid this and have a strong run?” Triathletes typically
respond to this question and problem by running more, running harder, or both,
figuring they are just not very good runners. Sometimes this works—if the
athlete’s problem is simply that they are not as strong of a runner as they’d like to
be. If that sounds like you, then keep at it—there is not substitute for hard work.
But what if you already are a strong runner and you still seem to fade or fall apart
on the run in triathlons? What if you run great in running races, but don’t run so
well in triathlons? In this case, we need to identify what is holding you back and
go over how to solve your problem. Here are five common issues that cause
weak triathlon runs and their solutions.
Want a head start on spring training? Set up a form-focused race simulation at your local gym with a workout from coach Jared Gell of Competitive Instinct Multisport (and Director of Sales of the newly-opened Pacific Swim Bike Run) in Stamford, Conn. His Multisport Brick Class combines all three sports indoors—perfect for those Northeast winters. “Form is of the utmost importance and keep in mind that this is NOT a race,” Gell says. “Instead it is training your body to race well in the spring and summerRead more
Pacific Swim Bike Run is a cutting-edge training facility with a group of top-flight coaches and trainers.
The cost of our membership is $200 for the entire year, gets you FREE Coffee, 15% off in the gear shop , beautiful locker rooms, towel service, free wi-fi and great staff!.
*Bike and wheels are excluded. Not to be combined with another offer.Read more