Duane Franks, MS / TRIFINITI Endurance
A triathlon pioneer, Duane is a founding member of the GGTC, has competed since 1981 and coached since 1986. He has raced in over 300 triathlons, including 20+ Ironman and Ultraman events and is a five-time IRONMAN Kona World Championship finisher with a PR of 10:09 set at the age of 40. He has won age group titles at Wildflower, Vineman, Escape from Alcatraz and others. Coach D has successfully coached hundreds of athletes of all ages and abilities that range from novice to elite. He specializes in working with fitness minded individuals who use athletics to enhance and balance their busy life schedules.
USAT Certified Level 2 Coach
ACSM Certified Health Fitness Director
His systematic Ironman training approach has resulted in hundreds of successful GGTC Ironman finishes. His elite athletes have set world records and won overall and age group titles, including The Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Duane has a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, USAT level 2 and is an Ironman certified coach. His training articles and plans have been featured in a variety of triathlon publications around the world.
Dorette Franks, RDN / TRIFINITI Endurance | Nutrition pH
Dorette has dedicated herself the sport of triathlon since 2000. She is a 6x Ironman finisher, placing 1st in division and second overall female at the Vineman Triathlon, 3x Boston Marathon qualifier and racer, 1x Ultraman finisher placing 1st in division and 3rd overall female, and continues to place with podium finishes. She races on the elite team for Betty Squad.
Beyond endurance athlete, Dorette is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and founder of Nutrition pH (Nutrition | Performance | Health) and specializes in sports nutrition. Her coaching credentials include USA Triathlon, USA Track & Field, and Road Runners Club of America since 2004. Additional certifications include Metabolic Efficiency Training for Health and Medical Practitioners and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Certificate of Training in Weight Management. She is presently pursuing specialty credentials as a Certified Board Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) with a Masters degree on the horizon.
As former head coach for the Nike Women's Full and Half Marathon, she also served as track and running coach for the Golden Gate Triathlon Club for almost a decade. Articles by Dorette have appeared in TRIATHLETE, RUNNER'S WORLD, SHAPE and WOMEN'S HEALTH magazines.