Adam is great coach who has helped me work towards and achieve my goals whilst working with my schedule. I have increased both my speed and distance whilst not flaring up an old injury by following my plan in Training Peaks. I am able to push myself harder when required and be more consistent with my workouts knowing that I am accountable to him. Adam always responds quickly to emails and offers up suggestions for whatever is going on in my life and what races I want to do. I love having Adam as my coach and look forward to working with him to complete my first Ironman in 2017.
"I've been working with Adam for 1.5 seasons and have dramatically improved all three disciplines while setting new PRs in my Sprint, Olympic, and 70.3 races.
When I was self coached, I was able to train myself into pretty good shape early in the season, but would fall apart and end up disappointed with my "A" races later in the year.
I sought after Adam's guidance knowing his great success coaching first timers, Kona qualifiers, and even Olympians. After a full season working together, I progressed throughout the whole race calendar, nailed the planned taper, and executed perfectly at my final events to set massive personal bests."
Adam Zucco began coaching me when I was an extremely overweight beginner triathlete in 2009. He taught me how to swim, bike and run and through his expert guidance I completed my first Olympic triathlon in 2009. This is a feat that seemed quite impossible less than 12 months prior.
Adam studies his athletes and the most progressive coaching techniques in triathlon and beyond. In my case an extreme level of skill and a deep repository of knowledge was required of the coach. In addition to being a beginner athlete, my limiter is that I am asplenic. If my training load is too high, I will quickly fall ill. If it is too light, I don’t progress. Adam handles this balance with the skill of a professional.
Adam gradually developed my fitness and functional strength growing me into an athlete with over twenty 70.3 finishes and 6 Ironman finishes. His work culminated in a Kona qualification in 2013 and a successful Hawaii Ironman in 2014. I recommend that you consider Adam for your highest level of coaching classification.
Although I have been racing Ironman and Ironman 70.3 since 2009, I have never used a coach and was convinced I didn’t need one. Boy was I wrong. I had reached a point in my training where I had plateaued and it seemed I wasn’t getting any faster, if anything I was regressing and getting burned out…until I met Adam. Last year I raced at Ironman 70.3 Worlds in Mont Tremblant and had a disastrous race, finishing in 4:55:36. Devastated and convinced I needed to make a change if I wanted to qualify for 2015 Ironman 70.3 in Austria, I bought a power meter and emailed Joe Friel with some questions and asked if he would be interested in writing me a workout plan. Surprisingly, he responded politely saying he was too expensive but his 1st recommendation was Adam Zucco. I thought to myself if Joe Friel is recommending this guy he has to be top notch. Adam has been great at explaining how to train with power and why he’s writing the workouts as he is.
Results meeting the payment:
After 2 months of working with Adam I recorded an Austria qualifying time of 4:27:46 at Ironman Chattanooga 70.3 (new PR by 10 minutes), logging the fastest bike split of any AG. 5 weeks later I did an Olympic and recorded a 2:11:46 (new PR by 11 minutes). 3 weeks after the Olympic race I recorded a new 70.3 PR of 4:27:45 at Muncie, recording another new PR bike of 2:14:03. I think the results speak for themselves. All of my friends are asking what I’m doing but I’m scared to say for fear they’ll catch me. After each race, Adam analyzes my performance and we do a call to discuss areas of improvement. Lately, he’s even done a video where he analyzes my TP data, which allows me to watch over and over at my discretion. I don’t know other coaches that are doing this.
Flexibility to adapt:
I’m a father of 5 small kids under 9 and travel for work 3 days a week, which creates a crazy and moving target for training as well as limits my total time available for training. Adam has been phenomenal to adjust my training plans based on my travel and writing all the workouts in Training Peaks. After my Garmin syncs the workouts with TP, he will give me feedback on how I’m doing – i.e. increase your run cadence, push a little harder on the bike, etc… The beauty is I don’t question his feedback. His personal triathlon achievements let me know this guy knows his stuff and he walks the talk. That’s not always the case with triathlon coaches. I am 110% convinced my breakthrough year is a result of Adam’s efforts. Even my wife is convinced and how has her sights set on going to Australia next year.
If you have any questions about Adam and my praise for how he’s elevated me to a competitive AG’er, please don’t hesitate to call. He’s the real deal and his passion to help me get better is evident.
One more post about my race this weekend...I need to give a huge shout out to Adam Zucco and #Superflycoaching for helping me achieve my goal. I reached out to Adam after having such a terrible race at IMTX for some guidance and motivation after losing my mojo. I just went through the motions at that race and really didn't even care to be there. After Emily Ryan Rollins qualified again, I knew I had to give it another shot, but needed someone to push me. I have been listening to Adam's podcast (Training Bible Coaching) for a while and knew he was the guy I wanted to work with. He is just a regular guy that worked he tail off to become one of the best age group athletes in the sport. He wasn't a college swimmer, ex-pro cyclist or elite runner, etc. that jumped into triathlon with a huge engine, he built it after getting started in the sport. That is something that I really value in a coach, he has been there and done that. He didn't just read about it or go get some certification, he did the work. So, when he loaded up my training schedule, I put my head down and tried to do what I knew he had done before and trusted him...even though I thought he was trying to kill me a few times! THANKS again Adam, for pushing me to the Ironman World Championships!!!!
After four years of training and 5 ironman races I finally got my spot on the big island at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii! Huge thanks are in order for my wife Beverley Kruse who not only tolerated my constant obsession with training but kept pushing me to keep trying even when I wanted to give up through injuries and disappointing finishes. I love you babe!
And none of this would've been possible without the help of my coach Adam Zucco. Over the past few years he's not only developed my skills physically but taught me how to mentally stay in the game. Every year he's been my coach I've gotten faster and faster with PRs in every race. There's no way I'd be able to cross Kona off my bucket list without his guidance and I'm forever grateful.
Next up...Ironman FL in 6 weeks but fortunately I get to enjoy this one with no pressure since my 2017 race schedule is already set!