Rob has an extensive background in Endurance Sports having competed at a high level, in running, Duathlon, triathlon and Multisport. Rob has competed in 19 Ironman events and has lost count of the number of Half Ironman and shorter distance triathlon races. He carries a long history in the sport having raced for over 20 years in events of all distances. He has raced the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii and has represented New Zealand at the Age Group Long and Olympic distance World Championships numerous times. He is a member of the Ironman New Zealand Hall of Fame for his 10 finishes at that event.
Rob has gained coaching certifications from a number of organisations, which include Triathlon New Zealand, Training Peaks and Ironman.
Rob also has a professional background as a Sports Podiatrist so has the added benefit of these skills and a unique understanding of training with a focus on injury prevention and management. He sees the importance of developing the athlete at a rate that their body can cope with and engaging methods to have the body working at its best. Rob sees the importance of having equipment that suits the athlete’s style and ability and he prides himself in his technical knowledge.
Rob adopts a number of different techniques to train his athletes and keep them injury free, such as optimizing training zones, monitoring power, pace and heart rate, strength training, nutrition and adequate rest and recovery.
Rob enjoys helping those athletes who are keen to learn. He works with athletes who want to reach that next level in their performance and who are prepared to look beyond ways that they are used to training to achieve this. Rob likes getting stuck into the analysis of training and race data files and other metrics (Power, Heart Rate, Pace, Heart Rate Variability etc). Rob requires all his athletes to use a power meter on their bike and a Stryd Power Meter for their running, as well as Heart Rate and GPS data. Rob has seen much success with his athletes, many of whom have gained podium finishes at Age Group championships over all distances and have also qualified for the Ironman World Championships. Seeing his athletes achieve their goals gives Rob a great sense of pride and it also gives motivation to the other athletes around to continue striving to be their best.
You’ll be hard pushed to find anyone more passionate about endurance sports and coaching athletes than Rob.
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