individual 1:1 coaching

For those of you who prefer individual attention versus our group coaching programs, or the group schedules don't meld well with your own, we recommend the following coaches to our members. These coaches have had a long-standing, successful relationship with our members. As you'll read in their bios, they are well-respected members of the triathlon community.


CESAR VALERA

Cesar is a former professional triathlete with 20 years of experience in the sport. He has raced all over the world, coached triathletes of all levels for more than a decade and has worked in the triathlon and fitness industry since the early 2000s. He got his start in the industry by working for Spinning, the original indoor cycling program, as a Master Instructor. He has taught and certified instructors throughout Latin America and the U.S since the early 2000s. Cesar holds Life Coaching, USATriathlon, Ironman, USA Masters swimming and different fitness industry certifications.

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela and Bay Area resident since 2016, he divides his time between coaching triathletes, masters swimmers, training and spending time with his wife and three young children.

"After so many years, my goal as a coach has become about helping athletes connect with their bodies and their true selves, and to perform at their best while keeping balance in the rest of their lives. In the end, this sport is more about the journey than the outcome. You will forget your times, but you won't forget the experience. If you are passionate, disciplined, dedicated and present at every moment of your triathlon journey, the outcome will always be amazing."

My main goal as a triathlon coach is to provide a platform for my clients where they can develop their skills as triathletes, challenge themselves physically and obtain tools to live a fulfilling life every day.

All the packages include:

  • Introduction to triathlon training guide
  • Gear buying guide
  • Consultation and guidance for everything related to the sport of triathlon
  • Unlimited text and email communication


Basic monthly plan

A personalized training plan based on the athlete's individual needs and available schedule. Updated every month on a Trainingpeaks free account. One 30-minute consultation per month and unlimited text and email communication. Recommended for experienced athletes that do not need much guidance.

Cost: $180 / Month (20% discount for GGTC members); $100 enrollment fee

Personalized weekly plan

This is the most popular plan among amateur triathletes with full-time and demanding jobs. It is scheduled every week, based on the athlete's performance on the previous seven days and current availability. 2 30-minute consultations per month and unlimited text and email communication. TP premium account included.

Cost: $300 / Month (20% discount for GGTC members); $100 enrollment fee

Personalized premium plan

This package includes daily attention, allows the athlete to have access to the coach as often as required and to modify the training plan as needed. Constant communication and follow-ups with the coach and one private lesson per month. Recommended for athletes with demanding, unpredictable and fluctuating schedules, that require constant feedback and modifications in the plan.

Cost: $400 / Month (20% discount for GGTC members); $100 enrollment fee


John "JD" Dahlz

Individual Coaching
with Coach John "JD" Dahlz

  • Ideal with those with busy lifestyles and/or lot of work travel or those that want personal attention directed to address their needs and/or weaknesses.
  • Fully customized training plan with weekly workouts (amendable even during the week based on need/work and absorption of workouts).
  • Unlimited interaction via telephone, text and e-mails.
  • General and race day nutrition consulting.
  • Swim, bike and run form analysis.

Cost: $180 (28% off non GGTC pricing of $250); Start-up fee ($100) waived for GGTC members.

Coaching Background

I have the great honor of being the GGTC Olympic/Sprint Program coach for the past few years. I am also the head coach for Fog Swimming, Saint Ignatius College Prep swims teams and what was the Breakaway Triathlon Team at the Bay Club(currently teach computrainer and spin classes there). I have coached cross-country and track at the high school and club level as well and numerous All – Americans, national champions and professionals across multiple sports. From 2009 – 2013, I was the head coach for the Cal Triathlon team and over my tenure at Cal the team won 4 nationals titles (a women’s title, 2 relays and an individual). I was 2x Cal Sports Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2013.

Athletic Background

I turned pro at 18 years old and gave up my collegiate eligibility to run and swim in college and joined Cal’s triathlon team. I took a break from Cal and lived and trained at the Olympic Training Center from 2006 – 2008. During my time at Cal, I had the honor of being part of a team that never lost a Men’s National Title and I won an Individual National Title in 2009. I eventually transitioned to longer distances and won the Vineman Ironman 3 years in a row from 2011 – 2013. Other individual triathlon accomplishments include being: the featured athlete of the USA Triathlon “Best of the Southwest” in 2009, runner up U23 athlete of the year in 2007, 5th at US Pro Nationals in 2013, 2014 Master’s All American Swimmer and Pacific Swimmer of the Year and 16 year professional triathlete.

Coaching Philosophy

My basic coaching philosophy is general fitness to specific race fitness and extending good technique/ speed into the longer intervals and distances. However, I use a slightly undulating training block even if there is an energy system focus, as I never like going too long before hitting an energy system because you are only as good as your weakness. In addition, I love working on those weaknesses in the off-season. I am a firm believer in consistency with training and therefore take recovery very seriously because the key to training is hard work over time along with staying injury free. My goal as a coach is help you attain your racing goals and be fully prepared to tackle the rigors of the race and distance demands whether it is just to finish the race or reach the podium: whether it is a local half marathon run race, grand fondo or 10k open water swim, or a Sprint or Ironman triathlon.



For more information & sign up:
Contact info@trifiniti.com or visit trifiniti.com

About Trifiniti

DUANE FRANKS, MS

USAT Certified Level 2 Coach

ACSM Certified Health Fitness Director

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.

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

Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist Health & Medical Practitioner

USAT | USATF Certified Coach

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.


Trifiniti Training Programs

Individual Coaching
with Coach Duane Franks

  • Ideal for those with busy schedules trying to balance work and family while also pursuing ambitious athletic goals
  • Preferred for those who need more individual attention and feedback
  • Completely customized weekly schedule base on your background, fitness level, training objectives, performance goals and available time to train
  • Invitation to join Trifiniti swim classes and group workouts
  • On-going month-to-month for as long as you want. No minimum number of months required
  • Non-restricted access to coach D via email, phone, text
  • Premium Training Peaks account

  Cost: $205/month; Start-up fee ($150) waived for GGTC members.

Semi-Custom 24 Week Ironman Training Plan
with Support

  • Initial in-person or phone consult
  • Semi-customized detailed daily workouts (3 levels) on Training Peaks
  • GGTC weekly track and swim sessions included as options
  • Individual testing and training zones
  • Individual consults with Coach D every 4-6 weeks
  • Coach access via email
  • Nutrition guidelines for training, recovery and racing
  • Discounted swim video lessons
  • Regular articles or videos to improve swim technique
  • Weekly articles on a variety of training tips and information
  • Pre-race strategy/post- race analysis
  • Invitation to join Trifiniti swim classes and group workouts

  Cost: $360 (one-time charge)

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