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Welcome to the GGTC's Half Ironman Training Program (HIT) for the 2015 Santa Cruz & Lake Tahoe 70.3 Races
Performance Coaching provided by Portman Coaching


Mike Portman of Portman Coaching



Looking for one last race to complete your tri season? Sign up for Santa Cruz 70.3 or Lake Tahoe 70.3

Mike Portman of Portman Coaching will be providing performance coaching to help you reach your highest goals and have fun doing it. Training with a group is a great way to get immersed in the GGTC, get in awesome shape, and make incredible friends. 

This year we will be providing training for Santa Cruz 70.3, Lake Tahoe 70.3, and any other mid- September Race.  Olympic distance athletes also have the option to accelerate their training to the next level by training with half Ironman distance athletes. 


This program is intended for our intermediate to experienced athletes, meaning you have completed an Olympic distance event within the past 12-months and it is recommended you have done one half Ironman, although not required. Additionally, you must be in good physical condition (without injury), and have developed an exercise or training base prior to joining the program.


Mike Portman is also an experienced coach and decorate triathlete with a number of podiums to his credit. As a USAT Certified Coach Mike has learned the very best coaching techniques from all over the world. Involving different training phases, key sessions, recovery workouts, training the mind, eating right, and so much more. Coach Mike knows all the 'ins and outs' for all different types of endurance athletes.


Portman Coaching will provide:

  • Professional weekly training plans 
  • Free Account with 
  • Injury prevention and nutrition speaker - Private Event
  • Coached weekday workout
  • Coached weekend workout
  • Incorporated Helming Athletics Strength & Conditioning workouts into weekly schedule.
  • Email access to Mike
Training Dates
Program for both SC and LT begin July 13th
* each program will go 10 - 11 weeks until race day!


Race Date for Santa Cruz 70.3
Sunday, September 13th, 2015


Race Date for Lake Tahoe 70.3

Sunday, September 20, 2015


You must be a member of GGTC to join this program.  If you are not already a member, please go to the Membership page and join!

If you have any questions, please email Email Questions .

NON-MEMBERS: GGTC Registration

This program is for Golden Gate Triathlon Club members so please activate your membership online to join the club and then sign up for the program below.

Half Ironman Training REGISTRATION - $265

Who is this for? This program is intended for our intermediate to experienced athletes, meaning you have completed an Olympic distance event at least once within the past 12-months. Additionally, you must be in good physical condition and healthy (without injury).

When will I be working out? Training schedules will be updated weekly. As a participant, you'll be able to log-in to a training program and view your workout schedule for the week. 


Where will I be training? Weekend group workouts will be held.  More information regarding training plans will be updated soon. 


What happens if I can't make it to all the workouts? As an experienced athlete, you know the drill, knocking out your workouts is up to you. Keep to the schedule as best you can. You can always contact your coaches for help in planning your week.


Do I have to race? No. Participation is optional. This program is about trying something new, setting goals, and achieving them. Many participants use this program as a way to see if they want to do a future half ironman or Ironman!




The Fine Print: This program is for Golden Gate Triathlon Club members so if you aren't already a member, sign-up instantly online to join GGTC. GGTC Membership gains you access to various club workouts and numerous sponsor discounts. There are no refunds for this program.

 If you have questions that need to be answered, please email us